National Museum prepares major renovation
Prague's National Museum this week introduced a plan for a complete renovation of its main building, located at the top end of Wenceslas Square, which has long been in urgent need of reconstruction. The National Museum plans to re-open to the public in four years’ time with new exhibition grounds, a lookout from the dome on top of the building and much more.
“First of all, the building is in terrible condition and doesn’t meet safetz requirements. If we weren’t able to renovate immediately we would have to close it down. Our main aim is to save the historical building but we also want to expand the premises, to connect it with the recently acquired building of the former Federal Assembly. After the renovation, the two buildings should create one large space, a museum of a European or even world format.”
“It is very important to make visitors feel good here. We want to create modern expositions drawing on our experience from recent projects. The National Museum must be open to the public and friendly to visitors. So we are trying to establish things that have been missing here, such as a children’s corner, cafés and museum shops - things that are considered normal in other European institutions of this kind.”
This time next year, the National Museum will close its doors to the public. The renovation itself should start at the end of next year and if everything goes according to plan, it should be completed by June 2015. The overall cost should be around 4.5 billion crowns (some 215 million US dollars).