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Bedrich Smetana Museum

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Address: Novotneho Lavka, 201/1 | Praha 1, Staré Mesto, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
Phone Number: 420 222 220 082
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A good stop for anyone interested in music

Regardless of how much (or how little) you know of Smetana, I enjoyed this small, yet well arranged collection. You walk away with a very in depth understanding of this man's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2014
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St Maarten-St Martin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you love classical music, you'll be interested to immerse yourself in the history of Smetana, one of the greatest European composers. Here you see the piano he played, his report cards from school - every detail of his life is here. And on your way out you can buy a CD of his music. I did and I love... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

The genius of Smetana deserves better than this museum. Rude staff on the front desk and a disappointly bland exhibition. Only saving grace is the final exhibit of music stands that magically play some of the great mans music when a conductors baton is pointed at them. His music is a joy to listen to.

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Hamburg, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Due to the Prague card I didn't pay any entry fees, but I was disappointed of this museum. Basically this museum is one room with a few instruments and a collection plenty of texts, newspapers and letters in czech, english and german. If you are really interested in Smetana and his life this museum might work for you. For me... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Regardless of how much (or how little) you know of Smetana, I enjoyed this small, yet well arranged collection. You walk away with a very in depth understanding of this man's life, from birth to death, and how he made the most of his time in between. I liked being able to physically handle and look through the copies of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Three little rooms with photocopies of title pages of Smetana's works and photocopies of paintings!!! Huh???? NOTHING ORIGINAL! Only artefacts: a baton that was a present to the composer, and the piano which they claim is Smetana's...huh??? 50 Kč! Come on!!! Extra charge for taking a photograph of the piano...huh?? THE OLD LADIES CAN'T SPEAK ENGLISH IN THE MIDDLE OF... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Not actually been in the museum but went to the entrance area to see Smetana's statue.There are great views of the river from here and some great views of the Charles Bridge and the castle area above it,worth just popping down here for the view.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

You have to walk through what appears to be an outside restaurant to get to the front door of the museum. The museum itself is not large but it is well laid out and very informative. When we inquired about the grand piano in the center of the museum we were told it belonged to Smetana's teacher. The doscent asked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Loved this small museum about the life of and works by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana. Although the descriptions of the exhibits are in Czech, the friendly and enthusiastic staff provided an English guide which was informative. I was keenly fascinated by the facsimiles of autograph letters, documents and music scores. Some of his most notable compositions (e.g, his symphonic poem... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The Smetana museum is located in the centre of old Prague, close to the Charles Bridge. His house used to be Smetana's home. It is wonderful to be inside the intimate and tranquil museum and watch the madding crowd of tourists on the famous bridge nearby. Here you learn about an under estimated composer, about his music and his life.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Even if you are not a Smetana aficionado, this small museum is worth a visit if only to escape the massive crowds on and around the Charles Bridge, and enjoy views of the river in tranquillity (and from very comfy seats!) We particularly enjoyed the interactive audio installation, which allows you to select excerpts of Smetana's music using a laser,... More 

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