National Museum’s dome now open to the public

Exhibitions on Czechoslovak pilots and King Tutankhamen are planned for the summer

The general public for the first time will be able to enter the dome on the Historical Building of the National Museum on Prague’s Wenceslas Square.

The building re-opened March 1, after being closed for a break in February. It had been closed from 2011 to October 2018 for renovations, which are still ongoing.

Much of the museum has now also been made barrier-free, with a new entrance on Vinohradská Street for people with mobility issues. The dome, technically a cupola, is an exception, as it was not possible to make it barrier-free.

From the dome, people can see not only Wenceslas Square but a panorama of the entire city. Entry to the dome requires an additional fee on top of the ticket to see the museum. It is not possible to just get a ticket for the dome. Photography and video recording for noncommercial purposes without a tripod or lighting is permitted with no additional fee in the dome and in the museum.

People will go to the dome in groups at 30-minute intervals, at a time specified on their tickets.

The Historical Building is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, while the dome is open from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Also new is access to the eastern courtyard. This area has never been accessible to visitors, and now, thanks to its roofing, a relaxation zone has been created. The Pantheon, a collection of statues of famous people in Czechoslovak history, remains open.

The temporary exhibitions 2 × 100 exhibiting 200 items from the collections of the National Museum and the Czech-Slovak / Slovak-Czech exhibition mapping the common life of Czechs and Slovaks in one state both run until June 30.

In June the number of exhibitions in the Historical Building will be expanded to include an exhibition of Czechoslovak pilots in the United Kingdom called Knights of the Sky (Rytíři nebes). A Tutankhamen exhibition is planned for summer. In autumn of 2019, some new permanent exhibitions will open.

The renovation has given the building about 30 percent more exhibition space. It has been one of the largest and most complex renovations in the history of the Czech Republic, both in terms of its size and scope of work. The cost of the renovation is Kč 1,795,334,935 including VAT.

The renovation gave the building public elevators for the first time to make it more accessible for people with disabilities, among other improvements.

While the National Museum as an institution is 200 years old, the current Historical Building dates to 1891 and was built according to plans by architect Josef Schulz. The building has been a national cultural monument since 1962.

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