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“Lots to see. Could easily take half a day.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Veletrzni Palac

Veletrzni Palac
Dukelskych Hrdinu, 530/47 | Holesovice, Prague 170 00, Czech Republic (Praha 7)
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“Lots to see. Could easily take half a day.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is a pretty large art museum. You may want to raise your standards a bit and be more choosey with what you want to stop and look at more in depth. If you don't, you could find yourself burned out on art. I was pretty casual with my visit, not stopping to glancing at every piece, and it still took me a good 2+ hours. And I still didn't even see everything (because my ticket didn't include all of it). In fact, if you're especially interested in something (like the temporary exhibit), I suggest you see it first.

They have some works by some pretty famous names, but exactly the top notch pieces in the world. However, my favorite was the Picasso collection which consists of a lot of cubist works that I really enjoyed.

The art scene in Prague is really underrated. Unfortunately, the entries for art museums on tripadvisor are kind of a mess. Do your own research if you are interested in seeing the art. But this place will probably be on your list.

Visited October 2012
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“Make time to see the Mucha exhibition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

There is so much to see and do in Prague it's hard to decide where to go but if you can make time to see the Mucha Slavic Epic exhibition at the Veletrzni Palace you won't be disappointed. (Don't be put off by the unattractive building, it certainly does not resemble a palace.) The exhibition is stunning. The canvases are huge and the egg tempera and oil have such subtle colours. Each tells a story, The Battle of Vitkov Hill does not depict the battle itself but the thanks given to God after the battle.So moving.

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“Take in the Veletrzni if...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

If you have an interest in Mucha or the Czech national revival, the Slav Epic is a must-see, as is the building (the pride of the new Republic in the 1920's) and the artists of the Czech national revival on the 4th floor. Some of them, little known outside the Czech lands, produced powerful work.

If you have an interest in the art and design (including architecture) of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Excellent displays of design and decorative arts - you probably already know to lood for Art Nouveau, but don't miss the cubist buildings, furniture and the only cubist couch I've ever seen - astonishing.

If you are drawn by the list of modern international icons (Klimt, van Gogh, Picasso, etc.) know that this is a fine collection, but small and far from first rank. If your time in Prague is limited and these are the names drawing you to this museum, you might think think through your priorities, since some of the other branches of the National Gallery have larger numbers of truly front-rank works form other eras.

The crowds come for two things. The tourists come for the Slave Epic, and you won't be disappointed if you join them. The art crowd comes for major temporary exhibitions, or to see the Czech representatives of their favorite school/period.

Visited October 2012
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“An uninspired museum..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012 via mobile

Though this museum did contain some interesting works of art, they were completely over shadowed by the dismal condition of the building and unimaginative presentation of the material. The highlight was Mucha's Slavic Epic on the ground floor which required a separate fee. I'd suggest just seeing that one exhibit, unless you are seriously into Czech artists and can appreciate the art apart from the environment that contains it.

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“The Slav Epic and a first-rate collection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Although a little off the tourist route the gallery is well worth a visit for the Slav Epic alone, but also for the first-rate collection of modern art. It is easy to get to by tram, but in fact we walked up from the Stefanikuv bridge. Note that this is a modern building, not a historical palace.

The Slav Epic (additional charge) is currently on display here and very well presented: quite different from the popular view of Mucha's brightly coloured posters. There is an English-language leaflet.

The main collection could easily take the whole day. It attempts to show the changes in artistic styles from the 19th century and is a good representative collection.

There is a quirky cafe and a very good bookshop with items published by the National Gallery as well as commercial.

Visited September 2012
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