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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

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Address: 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone Number: 319-362-8500
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Expanded 50,000 sq. ft. building opened in July 2012 with a world-class...

Expanded 50,000 sq. ft. building opened in July 2012 with a world-class exhibit "Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau" featuring 230 pieces direct from Prague and London. Two other galleries feature rotating exhibitions on the culture, art and history of Czechs and Slovaks. And don't miss the two-room 1880's Czech immigrant house that was home to five generations. See the new museum store filled with European treasures and gifts. Stroll down Czech Village and also visit the exhibition, "Rising Above: the Store of a People and the Flood" located a 87 Sixteenth Ave. SW

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Czech and Slovak pride!

With a free afternoon in Cedar Rapids, I figured there was nothing to lose by visiting this museum when it was recommended, though I knew nothing about it. The building was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

With a free afternoon in Cedar Rapids, I figured there was nothing to lose by visiting this museum when it was recommended, though I knew nothing about it. The building was beautiful and massive. The exhibits were interesting and professionally done, presenting various aspects of Czech & Slovak immigration history and their contributions to the region. One "exhibit" is an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was so nice to visit and see so many interesting things tied to my heritage. My American husband recognized so many objects and pictures exhibited. Loved the cottage outside. Everyone was so super nice. I even got to meet the lovely CEO Gail. If your there say hi to Joe Kurka! Nice person to speak Czech to ;)

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Thank Jana D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed touring this place. Beautiful building and well done exhibits. Worth a visit while in Cedar Rapids area.

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attended a 60th wedding anniversary and the room was perfect for about 150 people with a stage, jazz trio, bartender and appetizer buffet. The museum and gift shop were open for us too. The Christmas tree was a great background for family pictures.

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Thank jwinge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Marvelous Musuem with something for everyone. I love the story of the little girl and her immigration story. There is a wonderful gift shopwoththings for everyone on your list. I like the Christmas Ornaments, jewelry and kids toys the best.

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Thank Lu B
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is much work to be done on this museum, but I loved visiting nonetheless. The surrounding street with little Czech-like shops is the best part of spending a day at the museum. The opening video showed the epic 'moving the building' which I don't care about. I wanted to know the history of the Czech people in the area... More 

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Thank 09Carrie
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I was there doing research. The librarian was very helpful, pulling books and answering all of my questions. I was there all day, and he gave me tons of good information. We came back the next day to tour the museum. Totally engrossing. I learned so much about my heritage and got plenty of good information for a book I'm... More 

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Thank Christine C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This museum and library has permanent and traveling exhibits. There is a wealth of information on Czech and Slovak culture in their library. People travel far and wide to access their library. This is a local treasure that has wide ranging appeal.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This is a beautiful facility. The collections of the Czech Museaum are outstanding and well worth your visit as well as the Czech Village. Don't forget to find those kolaches!

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Cedar Rapids
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

As a resident of Cedar Rapids, I have never visited this museum until this past summer. I am beyond impressed with the interactive displays, the amount of information and the research library area. As a person of czech heritage I learned so much about my people and feel more connected to the past.

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