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Bedrich Smetana Museum

Novotneho lavka 1 | Praha 1, Staré Mesto, Prague, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
420 222 220 082
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Ranked #159 of 317 Attractions in Prague
Type: Concerts, Specialty Museums
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San Francisco, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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393 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
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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16 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
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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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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Punta Secca, Sicilia, Italy
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Pohorelice, Czech Republic
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9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I went to this museum with my son and was really surprised. There is an interactive sound system that will play some of Smetana's classics that can interest children. On display are artifacts from his life, like his glasses and the jewelry his wife wore at their wedding. I never knew that Smetana loved to draw until visiting this museum... More

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New York City, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

It is centrally located, access is easy, go if you are in the center anyway. The entrance fee is a little high, in my opinion for what you get. Learn about Smetana's life and can hear his music, about 10 pieces to choose from. The only thing we have learned that we did not know before is that how small... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

If you know and enjoy Smetana's music (or if you are curious about his work) this is a great experience. I found the staff very helpful. The exhibition is extremely well done and much nicer than I expected. Plus it is located on his beloved Vlatva River, just south of Charles Bridge. Very reasonable entry fee.

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