Prague does not have a large, comprehensive museum similar to the Louvre. The riches of the National Gallery and the National Museum are spread across several buildings. Photo on the cover: Evgeny Viktorovich Dontsov / Photobank Lory
The collections of the National Gallery in Prague are stored in multiple locations, the largest and most interesting of which is showcased in the Trade Fair Palace—a modest building built in the 1920s in functionalist style. This is where European art of 19th–21st centuries is stored. The exposition on the first floor includes works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, Joan Miró, Edward Munch, and others. On the second floor, visitors can view 20th century Czech art, and on the third floor, great, mostly French 19th–20th century artists, including Delacroix, Degas, Gauguin, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. The fourth-floor gallery features Czech art from the late 19th – early 20th centuries. And finally, the top floor is for temporary exhibitions of contemporary art.
This is another part of the National Gallery collection. Most notably, it features several dozen paintings by top masters, including Tintoretto, Brueghel, Durer, Rembrandt, Rubens, El Greco, Van Dyck, Goya and others.
The Convent of Saint Agnes in Prague is where the National Gallery stores and exhibits medieval art of Bohemia and Central Europe. Those who want to understand the Czech Republic better should go there to get acquainted with original works by Master Theodoric, one of the key artists in the history of Czech art. Master Theodoric depicts saints in severe Gothic surroundings, yet they have unexpectedly touching, humane faces with soft, massive features.
This is the largest Museum in the Czech Republic. It is an enormous Neo-Renaissance building from the late 19th century, situated at the end of Wenceslas square and richly decorated with allegorical sculptures. It houses the Natural and Historical Museums and a library. The Museum is currently under renovation and is set to reopen in 2018. In the meantime, guests can visit its branches in different parts of the city.
The Museum was founded in 1908—a time when people could hardly believe the world’s technological achievements as they first began enjoying cars, airplanes and other fruits of progress. The museum was recently renovated. The first large hall features an exhibition of cars and motorcycles, railway equipment and aircraft. The following halls showcase collections of photographic equipment, clocks and watches, typewriters and other items. Additional rooms are dedicated to the chemical and metallurgical industries.