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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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Love this museum

Being of Czech descent, I love most things Czech. This museum has a terrific and varied collection of articles. The gift shop is superb.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
DrBabs65
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Being of Czech descent, I love most things Czech. This museum has a terrific and varied collection of articles. The gift shop is superb.

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Batesville, Indiana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Despite the building looking huge, the collection is rather small, but interesting. Further, the attendants are excellent. We arrived five minutes after the last tour was suppose to start, but they made an exception and took us to the pioneer house that they have, giving us the full tour. They are really what made the visit worthwhile. It is a... More 

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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364 reviews 364 reviews
184 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The National Czech & Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids is located in a gorgeous building, which was actually moved from a different spot due to a massive flood a few years ago. Inside, you'll get a great look into the cultural history of the Czech and Slovak people both in their native homeland, as well as in America. We spent... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is an outstanding asset for our community. The displays are well designed and some are interactive. The gift shop has a wide variety of items that were purchased in the Czech Republic. The admission fee is a little high, but you can take as long as you want at the exhibits. There are facilities that can be rented for... More 

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Milwaukee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We were there on a Sunday...very quiet and empty. Visit was just OK! Not worth $10.00 fee although I know it helps Museum!

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Loveland, CO and Mt. Vernon, IA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

a magnificent cultural gem of European Origins located in the heartland of the United States, concise and definitive displays

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galena, il
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The building and grounds are beautiful. The permanent exhibit "faces of freedom" was very powerful. When I thought of my grandfather coming to America on a steamship, then went in the mockup of one, I started to cry. It not just for Czechs and Slovaks it is the story of losing and gaining freedom and how it impacts the individual.... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We visited while the Mucha exhibit was there. Wonderful. Given that there is a large flexible exhibit area, check to see what's featured.

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United States
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210 reviews 210 reviews
63 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We went on the free open house day and enjoyed and the special demonstrations they had. Would I pay to go again, probably not. If you are a Czech it is then a "Gotta Go" kinda place. IHG, Rube

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Quad-Cities
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Tucked away a little south of the downtown of Cedar Rapids is this very fine musuem. You do not have to be Czech or Slovak to enjoy this place. The current exhibit does a great job in telling the story of these two countries fight for freedom. Wait till you see all the ethnic apparel, they are wonderful.

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