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“An unexpected highlight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
Prague 1, ul. 17. listopadu 2, Prague, Czech Republic
420 251 093 111
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Ranked #98 of 277 Attractions in Prague
Type: Museums
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Toronto
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“An unexpected highlight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I didn't think I was going to make it to this museum, but we switched our last day around to see it. I am so glad I was able to visit. This was definitely one of my favourite museums worldwide. Basically it is a museum full of everyday objects--hundreds of years of everyday objects. There is glassware, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, furiniture, even posters and pamphlets. Prague is such an old and rich capital, so there is such a plethora of historically interesting objects to look at. This is the kind of museum you could spend two hours or two days in, depending on how deep you want to dig. Every style and era is represented in every section. Naturally, there was some of the most gorgeous art nouveau pieces I had ever seen. The posters and paper section had numerous drawers you could open to look at more items. Like others here have mentioned, I am surprised that this museum does not get as much attention. The gift shop was hands down the best in all of Prague. They have professionally done replicas of famous Czech porcelain and toys. I bought some replica toys from the 1930's done by hand in wood. The staff at the giftshop were very helpful and extremely proud of their museum--and rightfully so.

Visited June 2013
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San Anselmo, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to spend a rainy day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We very much enjoyed our visit to this museum. Antique jewelry, clocks, porcelain, glass...lots of great exhibits. No charge WC. The cloakroom windows overlook the old Jewish cemetery & were perfect for a couple atmospheric photos on a rainy day. The small cafe only had one item on the menu the day we were there, but oh boy, what a wonderful item it was--thick, creamy homemade mushroom soup with a piece of thick crusty bread.

Visited May 2013
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Barcelona, Spain
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“An amazing museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Many years ago I went to the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague and
was taken by its exhibition .At the time, I only managed one.
It is quite surprising that such an exquisite museum gets very little attention from tourists,
but there is a vast amount to be discovered inside. This time I took more time to explore it!
First and foremost, the clothes, fashion and fabrics of the past can be seen on at least 2 levels
and even if one is not into fashion, the history of design and fabrics are awesome.
Upstairs there are rooms and rooms of clocks, watches, jewellery, ceramics and also posters and post cards. The manner of being able to roll up and down some of the showcases is also quite innovative and one rarely gets to see in museums.
Similar to the Alfons Mucha Museum, which most locals don't even know of.....it is surely a FABULOUS visit and should be taken into consideration when going to Prague. If you can afford the time, I would suggest min. 2-3 hours, as they have an outstanding volume of treasures!
As an unofficial add-on, a fully different upper view of the adjoining Jewish cemetery can be seen, giving a different aspect/focus to what one sees from downstairs.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WHEN IN PRAGUE!!!!!! Few people go, so NO lines to get in, nor while walking around the exhibition spaces.

Visited June 2012
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Las Cruces
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“A gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We spent several hours in this small museum. Fortunately, we had had coffee in the Rudolfinium across the street, so we were fortified for our visit here. Their exhibits are well-displayed and chosen. There was also a very interesting temporary exhibition, which we were almost too worn-out to do justice to. (From the back windows of the museum, there are great views of the Jewish cemetery, so don't forget to look for them.)

Visited March 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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“Hidden Gem in Prague”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague's Jewish Quarter is barely mentioned in the guidebooks. However, it is a small gem, and definitely with a visit. The museum consists of just a few large rooms, devoted to cloth/costumes/tapestry, metal, timepieces, glass/ceramics, and treasures. Each room has its own amazing displays, all well-lighted, and labeled in Czech and English.

Unless you are an expert in any of these areas. You can see most of the museum highlights in two or three hours. This will be time well spent. Don't miss it!

Visited April 2013
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