Czech National Museum celebrates its 190th anniversary
Hundreds of people used the opportunity on Tuesday to browse the collections of the Czech National Museum for free. The country’s biggest museum has opened its doors to the public to celebrate its 190th anniversary, which falls on the 15th of April. It’s also holding a series of other events to mark its birthday. But most of all it is getting ready for a major renovation project, that will get under way in three years’ time.
“We are preparing some exhibitions about the history of the National Museum. One of them will be opened in May this year and it will present the history and the people around the National Museum. We are also preparing exhibitions about special events in Czech history - we call it the “Eight celebration” and it focuses on 1918, 1948, 1968.”
Standing beside one of Prague’s busiest roads, the National Museum has been affected by the busy traffic and it has been in need of a radical facelift for many years. It has recently acquired the former building of the Federal Assembly located opposite, now the headquarters of Radio Free Europe, that will soon serve as a new administrative building as well as temporary storage for some of the museum’s numerous collections:
The last exhibition before the facelift will be on display in 2010. Renovation will get underway in 2011, and the building will remain closed for the next five years. If everything goes according to the plan, the National Museum will be all glittering and ready for its 200th anniversary, with new interactive exhibitions, cafes and museum shops.