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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-362-8500
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Ranked #3 of 23 Attractions in Cedar Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Owner description: 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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Milwaukee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We were there on a Sunday...very quiet and empty. Visit was just OK! Not worth $10.00 fee although I know it helps Museum!

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Loveland, CO and Mt. Vernon, IA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

a magnificent cultural gem of European Origins located in the heartland of the United States, concise and definitive displays

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galena, il
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The building and grounds are beautiful. The permanent exhibit "faces of freedom" was very powerful. When I thought of my grandfather coming to America on a steamship, then went in the mockup of one, I started to cry. It not just for Czechs and Slovaks it is the story of losing and gaining freedom and how it impacts the individual.... More

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Des Moines, IA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We visited while the Mucha exhibit was there. Wonderful. Given that there is a large flexible exhibit area, check to see what's featured.

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United States
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206 reviews 206 reviews
62 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We went on the free open house day and enjoyed and the special demonstrations they had. Would I pay to go again, probably not. If you are a Czech it is then a "Gotta Go" kinda place. IHG, Rube

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Quad-Cities
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Tucked away a little south of the downtown of Cedar Rapids is this very fine musuem. You do not have to be Czech or Slovak to enjoy this place. The current exhibit does a great job in telling the story of these two countries fight for freedom. Wait till you see all the ethnic apparel, they are wonderful.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is a nice, smaller museum. We have been through it with the kids and admittedly they were bored rather quickly, but that is not uncommon for younger children. Unless you are reading every single plaque on the wall you can probably be in and out within an hour.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The new edition of the museum is a beautiful building with a nice parking ramp for parking. The interior of the building is just as beautiful as the outside. The museum is nicely laid out and has a ton of interesting exhibits. Well worth the time when you are visiting Czech Village. The only drawbacks are the $10 admission and... More

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curtice
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Was pleasantly surprised at this museum, We are not Czech but we could appreciate the ethnic experience and enjoyed talking with staff there.

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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It was such a wonderful place to learn about the Czech people who came here. A very informative video is the first stop. Then off to see a lot of costumes and history. Even my 9 year old niece enjoyed it

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