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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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Gorgeous building right on the Cedar River. Even more amazing because of the horrific flood that it endured and the moving of the actual building that followed. Permanent exhibit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Bannister, Michigan
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Bannister, Michigan
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous building right on the Cedar River. Even more amazing because of the horrific flood that it endured and the moving of the actual building that followed. Permanent exhibit, "Voices of Freedom", is extremely well done and applicable to everyone regardless of race or nationality. Many interactive elements help make the experience even more personal. Traditional Czech, Slovak, and Moravian... More 

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Western Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This Museum was a joy to see and spend time looking at the history of the Check and Slovak people. What they endured over the last 200 years and they continue to be positive and grow as a people that "Never Give Up". Just this museum, that was destroyed in 2008 from the floods that devastated Cedar rapids, they moved... More 

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Western US
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went here after reading other reviews. It was well worth the visit. Be sure to take in the two short films before starting the tour of the museum. We were very impressed with the collection that has been presented. Enjoyed the personal stories and the music board.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Allow plenty of time to read and absorb the information provided. I found the staff helpful in event of questions.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The main exhibit was a moving disolay on what freedom means. It highlights the difficulties of the Czech region but also brings into a global context of human rights and freedom. I enjoyed following the story of the little girl throughout the exhibit. The clothes on display are gorgeous artistic masterpieces. The traveling exhibit ws about beer. I am not... More 

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Marion, Iowa, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The history of beer is being showcased this Summer at NCSML and its a great interactive large exhibit that is fun for friends to go through together. The facility is very clean and beautiful. The gift shop has very unique items to shop.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We had a good time at the museum! Lots of things to see and buy. Its a dynamic place to be if you are Czech or Slovak, but its also cool to see it if you aren't. One of the more interesting aspects is how it was moved to its current home. Beautiful and educational.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a one-of-a-kind experience, showcasing the ethnic heritage of the working class people who emigrated from European "Bohemia", to Cedar Rapids, starting about 150 years ago, who were instrumental in providing the labor for establishing our manufacturing plants, (meat packing, cereal production, grain milling, etc.).Its holdings are of international importance, and it is favorably compared to a similar museum... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Just went to the Czech & Slovak for the first time for my birthday. A group of 3 of us thoroughly enjoyed the history. There are a couple very short (about 10 mins long) films to watch that give the detail of the moving of the museum after the flood in 2008 as well as the creation of the exhibits.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

My husband is Czech and this was great to share this heritage with our children. A museum is considered great when I can learn new things about a subject I am already familiar with. I learn much more than I thought. Great place to visit and learn.

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Additional Information about National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Address: 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Phone Number: 319-362-8500
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Cedar Rapids
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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