Prague's 11 weirdest museums
From bedpans to death masks, there is something strange for almost everyone
We all know the reputation of Prague as a great city of culture, and of course visitors can't miss seeing the several locations of the National Museum, National Gallery and National Technical Museum. But did you know that Prague is full of unconventional museums?
We've rounded up a few of what we consider the best. Some came close but either weren't weird enough or didn't deliver enough on their promise. We tried to separate the truly odd from the kitschy tourist traps, though admittedly one person's trash is another persons treasure.
We left out wax museums and military museums (including the Cold War), as they are interesting but not really weird enough.
These are some good places to take visitors on a rainy day when you are tired of seeing famous paintings and important historical relics.
Some museums are quite surprising in the extent of their obsessively odd collections, such as the Museum of Historical Chamber Pots and Toilets or the Coffee Museum. Others like the Czech Police Museum or Hrdlička Museum of Man have something for fans of the macabre.
And when you want to tell your freeloading guests they have overstayed their welcome on your couch, you can hint that they should leave by taking them to the Stamp Museum or the Power Supply Museum.
Some places have limited hours that change without much notice, so it pays to double check before setting out.
Husova 21, Prague 1
Open daily 10:00–22:00
Newly in Prague you can find the Apple Museum, which presents a complete collection of computers from 1976 until 2012 and traces the history of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who revolutionized data processing.
The museum is along the route from Charles Bridge to Old Town Square, and the high-tech nature of the collection is quite at odds with the centuries-old historical buildings surrounding it.
It also offers vegan food, in honor of Steve Jobs. The mysterious owner is on the lookout for any Apple products he or she is missing. (Apple Museum in Prague Prague.TV 18.01.2016)
Jana Zajíce 7, Prague 7
Open daily 11:00–18:00
For lovers of coffee, an entire museum is dedicated to this hot drink from its planting to his final consumption. You can also see all manner of devices intended for preparing and serving coffee. The variety of grinders, for example, is rather impressive.
Hrdlička Museum of Man
Viničná 7, 128 00 Prague 2
Open Wed–Fri 10:00–18:00
Hrdlička Museum of Man is part of the Faculty of Science of Charles University and deals mainly with human evolution. It has some of the spookier items in the city, such as mummies, death masks of famous people and deformed skeletons. And lots of comparative bones and skulls from all over the world.
Karel Zeman Museum
Saská 3, 110 00 Prague 1
Open daily 10:00–17:00
Czech film director Karel Zeman was known for his fantasy movies mixing live action and animation. People can interact with some of the actual props to place themselves in pictures or short videos. You can also learn a bit of how films were made before computer animation. Zeman had a big influence on Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam. If you don't know his films, you will want to after seeing the exhibits. DVDs with subtitles are for sale.
Petřín Hill, near Nebozízek stop on the funicular
Artist Reon Argondian, invites you in his magical cavern filled with his mystical and psychedelic paintings, sculptures and decorations. It is part of his imaginary realm called Argondia.
Strahovské nádvoří 11, Prague 1
Open daily 9:00–17:00.
During a stroll in Strahov, you can stop to the Miniature Museum which brings you into the universe of the infinitely small. You will have the opportunity to see a caravan of camels in the eye of the needle, a train on a human hair, a sail boat on a mosquito’s wing, a one square centimeter portrait of Václav Havel on a mammoth bone and others incredible things visible only with a magnifying glass.
This tiny world for Minimoys was created by Anatolij Konenko, a micro-miniature painter and sculptor from Siberia. He entered the Guinness Book of World Records with his creation of the smallest book of the world, measuring 0.9 millimeters square.
Museum of Historical Chamber Pots and Toilets
Vyšehradská 12, Prague 2
Open Tues–Sun from 10:00 to 18:00
Chamber pots of all shapes and materials are in this vast collection. Among them, you can have the privilege to see the ones used by Napoleon Bonaparte, Chinese Emperor Qianlong and the Countess Mathilda Nostitz as well as those made for the Titanic and the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House.
Beside chamber pots, there are chairs, tabourets, coach closets — almost anything related to the topic.
This is the largest collection of its kind in the world, so no other museum will surpass its offering.
Fittingly, there is sometimes there is a waiting line to get in.
Museum of the Czech Police
Ke Karlovu 453/1, Prague 2
Open Tues–Sun 10:00–17:00
Guns and other evidence from famous crimes are the highlights in this seldom-visited museum. An axe and skull from an axe murder, a rusty oil drum from an infamous organized crime murder and likes are in an old Baroque religious building next to a church founded by King Charles IV. Historical uniforms, an anti-drug display, a stuffed police dog and more await you.
Signs, unfortunately, are almost all in Czech with no translation.
Old Wastewater Treatment Plant
Papírenská 6, Prague 6
Opening hours . Monday to Friday 11:00–14:00; weekends 10–1.30 and 15:00–16.30
The old wastewater treatment plant (a nice way of saying sewer) in now a national historical landmark. The only way to see it, though, is with a guided tour which is usually in Czech but can be arranged in English. The tour takes about an hour and you can see quite a bit of old machinery and industrial architecture.
The lower part was used in films such as Blade 2, Alien Vs. Predator, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Les Misérables (2000).
Rafting trips, tower climbing and birthday parties can be arranged.
Postal Museum Prague
Nové mlýny 2, Prague 1
Open April–October Tues–Sun 9 :00–12:00 and 13:00–17:00
Some people are fascinated by stamps, others not so much. But when you start thinking how people used to communicate before our technology, the Postal Museum gives you a lot of answers. There are, of course, rare items on display that are like the Holy Grail for the initiated. To others, a stamp is a stamp.
For those under 30, letters written on paper were what people used to send messages before Instagram and Twitter. A small sticky piece of paper called a stamp was required to pay the delivery fee. #OMG!
Technical and Documentary Museum of the Prague Power Supply
Jankovcova 960/40, Prague 7
Open Tues and Thurs 8:00–15:00
A paradise for geeks and a purgatory for everyone else, this small museum with limited hours has all manner of old-fashioned circuits and outdated equipment that went into building and operating Prague's electrical system in the 19th and 20th century. Among the items is a letter from Thomas Edison wishing Prague good luck with electricity, but expressing his regrets for not being able to come and help. There are many other small technical museums in the city, but this is the most oddly specific.
There are a few places that children might like that while not exactly weird, deserve a mention. Toys and transportation always capture kids imagination.
Prague Aviation Museum, Kbely
Mladoboleslavská ul., Prague 9
May–October, Tues–Sun 10.00–18:00
Public Transport Museum
Patočkova 4, Prague 6
end of March to mid-November, weekends and holidays 9:00–17:00
Stroupežnického 23, Prague 5
Open daily from 9:00–19:00
Supreme Burgrave's House at Prague Castle
Jiřská 6, Prague 1
Open daily 9.30 – 17.30
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LEGO Museum (and store)
Národní 31, Prague 1
Open daily 10:00–20:00
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