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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

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Address: 1400 Inspiration Pl SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-5918
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+1 319-362-8500
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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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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Had an opportunity to visit again while attending a community event and always find it a pleasant experience. They always have interesting exhibits and show how Czechs have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Terry S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an opportunity to visit again while attending a community event and always find it a pleasant experience. They always have interesting exhibits and show how Czechs have influenced this community.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You don't have to be a Czech or Slovak to enjoy this museum. Great exhibits and a wonderful gift shop with items you won't find anywhere else (well, maybe in the Czech or Slovak Republics). They also host Brewnost, a charitable event with great food, wine and especially beer. It is the social event of the year in Cedar Rapids.... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Background: On a trip from Vermont to the Mid West, we heard about the National Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Having a friend from Slovakia, we thought we'd make a slight detour and visit the museum. Verdict: We were pressed for time so after parking in the free underground garage, we visited the gift shop. Wow! Lots... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to learn more about Czech immigrants to the area this is a nice place to visit. Be prepared to do your own research in the library. They had a very good gift shop with lots of selection.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a cool museum this is! Whether you are of Czech / Slovac ancestry or not, you will find this an amazing place to learn about the history and contributions of Czech and Slovac people. The building itself is gorgeous and has a miraculous story of being saved after the 2008 flood...see the 6 minute video which tells the story.... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the museum during a cross-country road trip. A friend of mine had moved back home to Iowa and we decided to stay a few days. On our last day, we decided to pay this little place a visit and it was an incredible experience. First off, we followed the GPS and it took us through a road that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Daughter in town with me for 2 weeks while I was on a work assignment. We decided to venture out to explore the city and came across this place. Very interesting to read up on how the past was. Enjoyed all the pictures, reading material and displays.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

I meant to stop many times before and I am so happy I finally did. The volunteer gave an informative tour of the immigrant house and the costumes and travel poster temporary exhibits were very good. However the best part was the permanent collection filled with thought-provoking reminders of how quickly freedoms can be lost in the face of hatred... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

They have high quality rotating exhibits. The main exhibit were very interesting and educational. You won't spend a ton of time here but it is a good stop for solo travelers wanting to learn more about the culture, and families with kids. The clothing section was amazing!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

A unique museum that show how people came here from the countries of Czech and Slovakia. The clothing displays are excellent.

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