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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 #1 of 23 Attractions in Cedar Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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... more » 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 « less
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 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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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Before my visit, my previous knowledge of Czech culture was limited to the delicious kolache pastry and the fact that Marilyn Albright was of Czech heritage. The stories told in the "Faces of Freedom" exhibit helped me to further appreciate the sacrifices made bytge Czech people. In spite of boundary changes and the suffering, especially in WWI & WWII, the... More

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Auxvasse
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113 reviews 113 reviews
47 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Building and grounds impressive; parking underneath building. Some history on exhibit but more of a look into culture of central and eastern Europe. Focus seemed to be not on why and how those people came to central Iowa but on what they left behind--their land, culture and traditions. Very nice gift shop featuring Czech/Slovak creations; also a sizable library for... More

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Washington, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The costumes are incredible. The exhibits are well done. It has an awesome gift store for something for everone's price.

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Regina, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This museum is well done. It was educational and informative. The building is beautiful. I got a really good picture of the history, culture and emmigration of the people.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My fiancé has Czech heritage, so this was fun to go see the exhibits. I enjoyed the artwork and the gift shop. I think my favorite items were the blown glass pieces.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Well worth the visit. Although most of the exhibits tend to emphasize rural/folk customs, costumes, etc., what really stands out is the very large "Faces of Freedom" area, which covers the period from 1919 to 1992 and liberation from the Hapsburgs, the Nazis and the Soviets. Nicely designed, with well-done multimedia and artifact presentations. Very helpful staff at both the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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94 reviews 94 reviews
13 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We put this on our "must see" list for our visit to Iowa when we were there recently. The museum did a fantastic job of putting the displays together and rebuilding especially after the devestating floods in 2008. The museum did not disappoint and I would recommend it for everyone to visit to learn about the history of the Czech... More

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