Prague Museum Night coming this Saturday

The wide array or venues offers everything from modern history to a dinosaur

The 15th edition of Prague Museum Night comes June 9, starting at 7 pm and lasting to 1 am. As in the past, admission to participating venues is free, with the exception of the Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, which will charge Kč 1.

Nine special free bus lines will also run for free from near the Staroměstská metro stop at náměstí Jana Palacha. A tenth route will run from Smíchovské nádraží to Meet Factory.

Note that only the special museum buses are free. Other buses, trams and the metro will have regular fares.

Prague Museum Night 2018 (Pražská muzejní noc 2018) will open up 50 museums, galleries and other cultural institutions in 77 buildings. Many will have cultural programs.

Information tents will be located at at noon to 7 pm on June 8 at Wenceslas Square in front of the Historical Building of the National Museum and at June 9 from 10 am to midnight at the same place, plus náměstí Jana Palacha. (The Historical Building is still not open to the public, but the New Building across the street, will be.)

Some places have very long lines to get in, while some more obscure places have easy access. So people often have to chose between waiting and seeing a few places or getting in a high volume of lesser-known spots.

Lines are usually long at the National Technical Museum and Karel Zeman Museum, for example. Places like the Postal Museum Prague, Podskalí Custom House at Výtoň and the Technical and Documentary Museum of the Prague Power Supply usually have no waiting to get in at all.

Important events from the 20th century can be seen at the Museum of Communism, as well as National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror, which is in the basement of the church where the World War II paratroopers were caught. The National Memorial on Vítkov Hill also has exhibits on modern Czechoslovak history, and a good view from the roof. Organ concerts will take place several times.

Going back in history, the Old Town Tower of Charles Bridge is also open. Statues including some of the originals from Charles Bridge can be found at the Lapidarium.

Prague history can be found at the main building of City of Prague Museum, which will also have some concerts and street art.

Transportation fascinates some people. Historical lounges will be open at Hlavní nádraží and Masarykovo nádraží. The Public Transport Museum has lots of old trams, and Round-House Zlíchov has old trains. Aviation Museum Kbely offers planes including several MiGs.

An interesting but small place is the St. Wenceslas Rotunda at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics on Malostranské náměstí. It is best to go early and get on the list for a specific time later in the evening.

The remnants of a 1,000-year-old round church are actually in the school building in an indoor archaeological zone.

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (Uměleckoprůmyslové museum) reopened at the end of 2017, and is back on the program. It had been closed for renovations since January 2015. Among the exhibitions are historical chessboards and a chandelier/light sculpture made for the reopening. There will also be a concert and a second-hand bookshop.

Music is another theme, with the large Czech Museum of Music giving a broad overview, while the Antonín Dvořák Museum and Bedřich Smetana Museum look at individual composers.

Fans of dark tourism can see Hrdlička Museum of Man, which has various skeletons and other gruesome exhibits. Chlupáč's Museum of Earth History has a fossil of a dinosaur skeleton striking a fierce pose. Both belong to the Faculty of Science.

The Museum of Human and Comparative Anatomy has more skeletons, while the Stomatological Museum is dedicated to teeth. The latter has a very limited capacity, so it is best to go early. Both of these belong to the First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University.

Also belonging to the First Faculty of Medicine is the Faust House, related to the legend of the man who sold his soul to the Devil. An exhibition inside will be open.

Museum of the Czech Police has real evidence from notorious crimes, lots of guns and weapons, and everything else related to sleuthing.

If you prefer pretty flowers to grim skeletons, the Botanical Gardens will have its downtown location in Prague 2 as well as the Greenhouse Fata Morgana and Vineyard of St. Claire on Prague 7 open.

Note that Jewish sites such as the Maisel Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue don't open until 10:30 pm.

This is just a sample, and many more museums of art, ethnography and culture are also on the list.

Not all of the venues allow photography.

The event's website allows you to make your own program and take it with you or share it with your friends via social media.

Prague Museum Night is organized by the National Museum, the Prague Public Transport Company (DPP) and the Czech Association of Museums and Galleries in cooperation with other institutions.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/prazskamuzejninoc or www.prazskamuzejninoc.cz/2018.

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