České Muzeum Hudby
České Muzeum Hudby
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The new seat of the Czech Museum of Music is located in the former Baroque church of St. Mary Magdalene at Lesser Side, built in the 17th Century according to the proposal of Francesco Caratti. The church was gradually rebuilt after the dissolution of the Dominican Monastery in 1783. Among other things, it served as a Police barracks and archive. The unusual symbiosis of the early Baroque church architecture with the classicist adjustment of usage and newly finished reconstruction of the Museum offers visitors a detail of an impressive combination of monumentality.
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The area
Neighborhood: Malá Strana (Little Quarter)
Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Nestled underneath Prague Castle it was once a part of the Kings route taken by future kings on their way to coronation - originating in the Old Town, crossing Charles Bridge and leading to Saint Vitus Cathedral. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque medieval houses, remarkable palaces, churches, kitsch shops and restaurants. Do not hesitate to turn a corner into any narrow street. You will suddenly find yourself in a calm and charming neighborhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighborhood is a home to Czech Parliament and many ministries, you can also run into well-dressed officials. If you are thirsty or hungry, it is the right place to be. Restaurants offer delicious traditional food and of course, the best Czech beers.
How to get there
  • Lesser • 10 min walk
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Kam1964
Blaby, UK152 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
There are lots of tourist websites, blogs and posts on social media stating this museum is free on the first Thursday of each month. It isn’t. When you go to the ticket office and ask, the person behind the desk simply points to a sign stating that it isn’t free on the first Thursday of the month. When I walked in, so many staff around but not one visitor in site. Enough said .
Written January 4, 2024
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania35,363 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A not very big museum, housed by the building of a former church. The building is imposingat the inside part but only in a few rooms on the ground floor and the first floor are exhibits. You need about an hour to see everything (if you are not a fan of musical instruments and want to read all the details). There is a cloackroo, where you can leave your luggage for free, a small souvenir shop and a cafe. The museum has quite a few old and interesting musical instruments, including an Amati violin from 1650.
Written August 26, 2021
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Corien H
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The permanent museum had a few very interesting exhibits (like a grand piano with 3 keyboards) and some very inspiring hands-on experiences. Especially the theremin was excellent! Some screens unfortunately didn't work, and it would have been nice to see some instruments being played as well as the sound, but on the whole it was wonderful. The exposition downstairs explored a very interesting theme: animals in music, which was milked to the bone. There was even a panel that showed composers with an animal as a name!
Written May 29, 2022
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TIFFANY D
COLUMBUS3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Business
As a classical musician, this was a must see. It did not disappoint - highly recommend! I especially enjoyed the listening stations.
Written September 30, 2014
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Addy B
Oslo, Norway23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
We really enjoyed looking through the 25 or so rooms. There are some weird and wonderful instruments on display such as the quarter-tone piano, glass harmonicas, a strange looking synthesizer from the late 60s, and a piano that Mozart played when in Prague, amongst many others. Each room had a listening point with various recordings of the instruments in action. While that was a nice touch, the headphones were a little crackly in some of the rooms. It would have been nice too if some of the mechanical fairground organs were actually in action. However, it was an enjoyable way to spend an hour or two. Recommended.
Written April 6, 2013
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COYDRCOY
Izmir, Türkiye103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
A great collection of automats,some still playing with the help of eager officers,two palace decorated pianos,headphones of ancient voices,worth for a cold rainy day....
Written November 22, 2012
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Hayduke
Ferndale, CA223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For anyone interested in musical instruments, particularly ancient ones, this is a fantastic display. The instruments are very well organized and displayed, with good English descriptions. You can actually listen to samples of the playing of many of them. Allow two hours minimum. A first class museum of its type.
Written July 2, 2006
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elaineseahzh
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
It is a museum of instruments mainly. You will definitely get to see a wide variety and even listen to a few of them. I went when there was an exhibition on "Music and Fairy Tale". Well, it was childlike yes, but not childish and I really enjoyed the feel of the exhibition very much. There was a friendly security guard who was conversant in English and told me about a few special instruments on display. He even pointed me to a piano at the hall that I could play. It was a special moment for me.
Written April 22, 2018
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CidoneIL
Ariel, Palestinian Territories203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
Walking around old town, on our way to see the Cathedral, we stumbled across a series of windows showing marionettes and old music instruments. Being a Monday we were not sure that the museum was open, and, the big 16th century doors were closed, never the less, we checked the schedule card posted on the door and discovered that the museum actually closes on Tuesdays and not Mondays, so, we went in. For one adult and one Sr. payed about 10 to 15 USD, and started at the temporal exhibit hall, right now they have a very interesting collection of music and death in the bohemian culture from the middle ages through the communist era to this day, including original scores and reproductions of sets for operas and other artistic interpretations, part of the depictions reminded me of Mexican death culture.
Then you climb the stairs to the second floor, where the permanent exhibit is set, there they have about 13 or 15 rooms, perfectly set by type of instrument, from early ancestors of pianos like harpsichords (including one that W.A. Mozart played for the Bohemian court) and early pipe organs, then there are all kinds of wind instruments, divided by woods and metals and every sub instrument with the rest of it's family by tone, some dating back to the early 1100's.
To any body that cares for music, this would be a must experience.
Written December 15, 2014
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Charming_Karl
Charleston, SC1,406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The best music museum I've ever seen is the Vleeshuis in Antwerp. This museum is now a close second. Like that museum, here there are audio clips of musicians playing the very instruments before your eyes. In this case, each themed room (strings, keyboards, woodwinds, etc.) Has a station in the corner with headphones and controls to listen to one ro more of several clips, and a number to direct you to the instrument. I could've stayed there all day!
Written October 30, 2014
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