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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 22 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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Auxvasse
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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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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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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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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Vacaville, California
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This place is really well done. A lot of history and a chance to learn something about our Midwest history other than cowboys and Indians. If you've got the time, plan on spending a few hours visiting the museum!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library is a gem of a small museum that explores the heritage/history of the Cedar Rapids population. We were there for a wedding and wandered through the museum. We will certainly return.

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Granger, Indiana
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful museum last week. It is a beautiful museum with exhibits that give a great overview of Czechs in the area. This museum also has a wonderful library and archives full of historical books and artifacts. The staff and volunteers that I encountered were all helpful, professional & friendly. There is a very... More

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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

If you have Eastern European ancestry, then you should definitely visit this interesting museum! My husband was able to look at the library records, and find out when his grandparents came to Ellis Island. The fascinating history of the countries is presented beautifully throughout the building. Make sure you look carefully at the intricate designs of all the hand-made costumes... More

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