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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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Gem of a Museum--Worth A Visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Wilmington, NC
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Wilmington, NC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

With changing exhibits, this museum never gets old. It is so well put together, every area is done differently, so you do not feel like you are going from one exhibit to another and they are all the same. There are several hands one that kids would enjoy. The depth of the Czech and Slovak culture is brought out perfectly.

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Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect. A great place to spend a day learning about so many things. Love the traveling displays.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I've been here many times. Besides the indoor museum, there is an outdoor exhibit consisting of Czech immigrant homes moved here which are fully furnished. There is a gift shop from which I have Czech glass (highly recommend). Often, there are exhibits from and about the Czech Republic including art and cultural items. Czech Village although decimated by the flood... More 

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Marion, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Excellent permanent exhibit on striving for freedom through the defeat of communism or immigration. Also temporary exhibits, films, immigrant home and world class gift shop. Check calendar for special musical events, workshops or speakers. Parking available under the building with elevator to main level.

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