Some events are so popular that they take place every year and still find new fans. Lately, unique tours of museums, churches, galleries, and even gardens have become popular. Sometimes, the ‘extra’ is the unusual time of a tour, such as visiting a building at night, which gives the location a completely different atmosphere. At other times, you can go on a tour with a guide who has been taking caring for the site for many years and knows the most intimate details about it. Below is a list of what to enjoy during the spring and early summer in the Czech Republic.
Gallery Weekend Prague (26–28 April)This is a weekend when most of Prague’s private galleries open their doors. It is truly a feast for art lovers! The organisers managed to join the owners and operators of almost all of Prague galleries to open their doors to the public and to prepare interesting programmes for visitors. This follows the example of many European cities that host similar events. And what galleries can you look forward to? For example, the Gallery in the Municipal House, or NoD and Atrium in Žižkov. The current list of galleries keeps growing, and you can find it at the event’s website.
International Day of Museums and Galleries (18 May)Museums and galleries all over the world celebrate their day. In Prague, the National Gallery is participating, and admission to all its exhibitions will be free for all visitors.
Museum Night Festival (18 May and 8 June)The museum night is an event when museums, galleries, and other cultural sites stay open after dusk, usually until midnight. Admission is either a symbolic donation or completely free. This year marks the 15th iteration of this popular event in the Czech Republic.
Museum Night in Brno will take place on Saturday 18 May, and both large cultural institutions and small galleries and museums are participating again this year. They will remain open after 6 pm, and in addition to their exhibitions there will be a lot of different activities for adults and children alike. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit a total of 28 locations, including the St James Ossuary and the Underground Labyrinth beneath the Vegetable Market.
Prague’s Museum Night has become a phenomenon. The number of visitors has been rising every year, with tens of thousands of visitors coming to see the museums. This year, the museums will open at 7 pm on 8 June and they most will close after 1 am. But don’t worry, public transport will also be extended that night so you can get to your hotel or accommodation without any problems. This year’s Prague Museum Night will include 50 museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. Otherwise traditional exhibitions and sites will become lively with unusual events that will make your evening unforgettable. There will also be programmes for children. You can visit the National Museum, the Botanical Garden, the National Gallery, and the synagogues of Prague. The current list of participating locations can be found on the organiser’s website.