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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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Your heritage or not, this is an enjoyable museum.

With Czech and Slovak heritage, going here was a no brainer. We enjoyed the exhibits and the settlers' home. Surprisingly, we really enjoyed the film of the moving of the museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Burkburnett, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

With Czech and Slovak heritage, going here was a no brainer. We enjoyed the exhibits and the settlers' home. Surprisingly, we really enjoyed the film of the moving of the museum after the 2008 flood. Just amazing. . We spent time in the library and found some family history, too. All the staff was very helpful

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Coralville, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very interesting museum! I came here on a day they had their anniversary celebration and was glad to see there were lots of other people there. The exhibits were well done and the building is very nice and clean. Don't miss the log house out back!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 411 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The museum has a history of the immigration of these peoples that took place around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. It also has on display many beautiful costumes and artifacts. There are temporary exhibits, especially notable was the Pin exhibit of Madeline Albright, the Secretary of State who wore pins to express her reaction and intentions... More 

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Cedar Rapids
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

One of the very best museums in America. Highlighting the Czech-Slovak immigration experience, the Museum boasts hundreds of artifacts and thrilling stories. Not to be missed!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Love beer? Fashion? History? Sociology? Fine Jewelry and crystal? Then you will find something to interest you at this museum. The video about how they moved the museum after a major flood was interesting. The Czechs are known for their brew, so you can learn about the history of beer. If you think you know what a kolache is, you... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Went thru memory lane. It's very educational and well organized. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend !!!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Although not of Czech decent, this was an amazing museum and library that explained some of the Czech heritage in the US. The various galleries were divided into periods of history, artifacts, foods, arts, costumes, and the social issues that Czech immigrants have lived through. Went particularly for the textiles, which were lovely. Only complaint was lack of identification on... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Staff are wonderfully engaging and the building has an interesting story as told by the orientation video. Great insight into a cultural community's story I the Midwest. Great gift store too and beautiful pieces to enjoy. Well worth the trip and visit if you like history and cultural uniqueness.

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Marion, Iowa, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A unique experience about the history and heritage of the area. Beautiful building with a gorgeous crystal chanadler. Lots of parking in the basement.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We haven't been to museum and it is nice to see his it has changed. The permanent exhibit on freedom uses period on communist rule of Czechoslovakia to highlight universal values of freedom, well done. Other parts of collection focus on Czech and Slovak immigrants in America. There was a nice guided tour of immigrant house. There were also a... More 

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