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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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Description: 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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A nice educational museum

Enjoyed our time here and it exceeded our expectations. My friend who is the local was surprised by how the quality of the exhibit had changed since his last visit a few years... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Cloverdale BC
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Cloverdale BC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed our time here and it exceeded our expectations. My friend who is the local was surprised by how the quality of the exhibit had changed since his last visit a few years ago. The volunteers were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The first two exhibits are temporary, but there right now. The beer exhibit is fun! The shoes are feared towards kids, and the Freedom permanent exhibit is provocative. Does persecution really stifle creativity? Interesting...

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Longs, South Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

since i'm Chech; this was a no brainer for me. if you enjoy European culture this is a must see. enjoy the Museum and all the other fine things Chech things to do on 16th Avenue in Cedar Rapdis.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We had several hours to waste prior to flights and decided to stop in to the museum. We are so glad that we did, it was worth the time. The museum is well laid out and worth the time. There is an excellent section that details the German and then Soviet occupation, very similar to what i recently saw in... More 

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Wilmington, NC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Years ago we went to the previous Czech & Slovak Museum and loved how well they did in a small space. The great flood required a move and new building which we've visited several times. It's a world-class museum with excellent temporary exhibits. We've learned so much each time we go and the staff is always helpful. Wonderful gift shop... More 

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Tucson
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I went with a group of cousins and an to explore their Bohemian heritage. I am not Bohemian, but I really like the museum's focus on the Czech and Slovak people and the factors that caused so many to leave of America over the years. The coverage of the 2008 flood and the moving and rebuilding of the museum was... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I visited the museum early on a Saturday morning in mid-April 2015. Because of extensive damage during a flood, the museum is very modern from its recent renovations. Based on my previous career as a historian, I found the museum to be on par with many of the other excellent museums that I've been too. The museum had some interactive... More 

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Berwyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is really an awesome museum. They have a fine collection of Czech & Slovak costumes as well as many artifacts celebrating their culture. There is a large library of Czech & Slovak materials. The exhibits throughout the building are very well done. Along with their home collection, they house several temporary exhibits throughout the year. I have made the... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Cedar Rapids should be proud of the museums we offer for a city of its size. The Czech-Slovak Museum is beautiful and well organized. In mid April they will have a display on the history of beer and the Czech involvement in that industry. Check it out!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is the ultimate Czech experience. They have some of the finest exhibits of the Czech and Slovak culture. This is down in the New Bo , Czech Village area of Cedar Rapids. ,

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