Did you think that visiting a museum is a boring thing? Well, not in the Czech Republic! The country is full of traditional and not so traditional museums, so not only is there a plenty of history and nature-oriented ones, there are also museums that will teach you something about the local craft or even alcohol. Take a look at this selection of 14 museums and include some in your travel itinerary!
Museum of Marionettes (Český Krumlov)
Enter the magical world of fairy tales and marionettes right in the center of this beautiful town. More than 400 marionettes await you in the two floors and the attic of the so called Fairy-tale house where your children can play and watch the theatre of marionettes. Get to know Czech fairy tale characters such as Spejbl and Hurvínek, water goblins, dragons and many more. The museum opens every day.
Radniční 29, Český Krumlov; http://krumlovskainspirace.cz/expozice/pohadkovy-dum-muzeum-loutek
The permanent exhibition in the Anthropos Museum features “exhibition on the oldest history of the settlement in Moravia as well as on the whole European continent“. The main attraction for more than 90 years has been an imitation of mammoth and since 2002 also its young. Besides the archeological artefacts you can explore the prehistory through vivid scenes from the life of the cavemen. Anthropos offers also several interesting short-term exhibitions a year, enough to spend a few exciting hours. The Museum is open Tuesday till Sunday.
Pisárecká 273, Brno; http://www.mzm.cz/en/anthropos-pavilion/permanent-exhibitions/
Chocolate and Marzipan Museum (Tábor)
Once you find yourself admiring the center of the Hussite town of Tábor why not visit the Chocolate and Marzipan Museum? You will learn not only about the process of making these two delicacies, there’s also an interactive portion of the exhibition and marzipan dresses, fairy-tales and sights of Tábor. And last but not least, you can make your own souvenir from marzipan! This museum opens every day.
Kotnovská 138, Tábor; https://www.cokomuzeum.cz/en
National Museum (Prague)
The National Museum was founded in 1818 and since 1891 it resides in the Renaissance Revival building on Wenceslas Square in Prague. You can admire its scientific, historical and artistic collections. Another part of the National Museum is its library including some very precious manuscripts. More info here:
Václavské náměstí 68, Prague; https://www.nm.cz/en
Retro Museum (Brno)
Would you like to know what life looked like in the 50ies to 90ies? You have a unique opportunity in Brno in the Retro muzeum na statku where a private collector arranged more than 20 000 authentic items from cars and agricultural machines through shop and household items, toys and prams. For more information look here:
Pěstitelská 24, Brno; https://www.retromuzeumnastatku.cz/
Museum of Communism (Prague)
How was life in Czechoslovakia during the era of communism? How did the censorship work, how was daily life of the people and every student’s school life with so many repressions in force, when even toilet paper or good health care were scarce? How was is to have a family member taken away and executed for expressing an opinion? This unique exposition in Prague offers its visitors a glimpse on several aspect of those hard times. You can find more information about the exposition here:
V celnici 4, Pragu; https://muzeumkomunismu.cz/en/
Merkur Museum (Police nad Metují)
Merkur is a construction set for kids and adults invented at the beginning of the 20th century in the small town of Police nad Metují and for decades it has been the most famous toy of this kind in Czechoslovakia. The museum exhibits an impressive collection with the oldest construction from 1920 and electrical trains. You don’t need to be afraid to touch the displayed constructions, the exhibits are interactive! The museum is open Tuesday till Sunday from April until Christmas and check the website for more interesting places to see just around this lovely town.
Tyršova 341, Police and Metují; http://www.muzeummerkur.cz/
Museum of Becherovka (Karlovy Vary)
If you’re travelling in Czechia, you’ve probably heard of Becherovka. This herbal liqueur, nowadays a popular alcoholic digestif, was originally used for medicinal purposes. You can visit the Becherovka Museum in the town of its origins where you will be explained the history of this spirit and a part of the process of its making. And if you guessed that there would be a tasting at the end of the tour, you guessed right;-) The opening days are Tuesday – Sunday.
T. G. Masaryka 57, Karlovy Vary; https://becherovka.com/en/museum
Museum of Torture (Lednice, Český Krumlov)
Fancy the less shiny parts of the human history? If so, you might be interested in seeing an exhibition of torture tools and scenes from the torture chambers. There are two pretty famous places to do so, one of them is in the South-Moravian town of Lednice in a historical cellar. Coming with kids? No problem, you can leave them in the playground outside! The exposition is open every day during the high season, check the webpage for more details.
The other Museum of Torture is in the South-Bohemian “gem” called Český Krumlov. This museum opens every day.
Lednice – Cihlářská, Lednice; http://historickevystavy.cz/Museum_Torture.html
Český Krumlov – nám. Svornosti 1, Český Krumlov; http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/cz/atr29.xml
Lego Museum (Prague)
Did you know that the Lego Museum in Prague features the most exhibits in the world? The exhibition is divided into theme parts (Harry Potter, pirates, magic world and much more) and offers more than 2500 models. Open every day of the week!
Národní 31, Prague; https://www.muzeumlega.cz/en/
Aircraft Museum (Kunovice)
This new exposition (founded in 2015) deserves the attention of every aircraft enthusiast! It is maintained by volunteers who aim not only to take case of the aircrafts but also to collect enough money for the constructions of hangars. You can visit this museum every day from April until October and you can also purchase touristic flights in the local aeroclub.
Letecká 1383, Kunovice; https://www.muzeum-kunovice.cz/
Škoda Museum (Mladá Boleslav)
Škoda, one of the most renowned car manufacturing companies on the European continent, comes from the Czech town of Mladá Boleslav. And here is where you can visit the famous museum and admire the permanent exhibition or take the factory tour. The museum opens every day!
tř. Václava Klementa 294, 29301 Mladá Boleslav; https://museum.skoda-auto.com/?_ga=2.23280505.2115603106.1595606735-b2a8b395-8f26-49ec-8d3f-9d803a368fe8
Museum of Glass and Jewellery (Jablonec nad Nisou)
The glass industry has a long and rich history in the Czech Republic. The city of Jablonec with its factories is a real go to place if you’re interested in the history and present of traditional glass-making. The tradition of glass and high-quality glass beads is why Czechia is well-known to all bead jewelers. The permanent expositions offer glass as well as jewelry and the museum also features design events as well as fashion shows. It is open every day.
U Muzea 4, Jablonec nad Nisou; https://www.msb-jablonec.cz/en
Sex Machine Museum (Prague)
At the end of our list we bring you something for the adults only! The Sex Machine Museum shows 350 sex toys and machines from all over the world and you can watch erotic movies from the beginning of the 20th century in the old theatre. How about taking a little naughty detour on your sightseeing in Prague? Open every day.
Melantrichova 18, Prague; https://sexmachinesmuseum.com/cz/