New Museums in Prague
Museum of Senses
The Museum of Senses
near Wenceslas Square
is an interactive museum where it is easy to become a part of the exhibit and have fun. There are over 50 exhibits to be explored – from various rooms with altered perspectives that play mind tricks
to pictures with optical illusions
. Each of the exhibits offer an opportunity to ask questions and learn about our senses and the reality of perception.
Illusion Art Museum
The exhibits in the Illusion Art Museum at Old Town Square
will take you into the world of illusions and deceptions
. Historical methods of creating illusions are brought back to life only to be transformed into 21st century art, into an era of selfies and social networks. You can touch
all the exhibits. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to a permanent exhibit on illusionist art, while the second floor presents travelling exhibits of young contemporary artists.
The NaFilm National Film Museum
presents the fascinating world of film and provides an unforgettable experience for both children and adults
. When visiting the museum, you can explore how film works and learn about its history in an entertaining and interactive form. You will find some of history’s oldest projectors in the museum, such as the magic lantern
, as well as the standard 35mm hand crank projector that you can operate to watch a film strip just like in the old days. The museum also includes an ambient sound studio, where you can create your own sound effects, and the laboratory of J. E. Purkyně for experiments with sight. At the end of your visit, you can make your own animated film
to take home with you.
The World of Jellyfish
Children and more will be fascinated by these live and weird exhibits. On the roof of the Arkády Pankrác shopping centre in Prague, only a few metro stations from Vyšehrad
, the largest jellyfish exhibit in Europe
is open to the public. Only recently completed, it houses 10,000 jellyfish in almost 40 tanks, including stinging, harmless, and even immortal varieties.
Gallery of Steel Figures
The Gallery of Steel Figures is a unique project that shows off artwork made of recycled steel parts
like sprockets, gearboxes, chains, nuts, and bolts. You can find it in the centre of Prague at the bottom of Wenceslas Square
. You can admire sculptures inspired by film characters, pop stars, animals, and luxury cars (fully life size!). You can take photos of all the exhibits, touch them, and enjoy an interactive adventure.
Czech Pharmaceutical Museum in Kuks The Czech Pharmaceutical Museum
on the premises of Hospital Kuks
in East Bohemia
has two permanent exhibits on the history of Czech pharmaceuticals. The exhibit entitled The Magic of Pharmacy
is dedicated to the history of pharmacies and the development of the pharmaceutical industry, and the exhibit From Pharmacy to a Factory
is the only museum in the Czech Republic to present the development of the production of pharmaceuticals, from small batches in compounding pharmacies to the industrial-scale production in factories that arose in the mid-20th century. There are various instruments on display, such as pill makers and suppository presses, including the complete contents of a Prague pharmacy from 1821.
Virtual Expedition of the Brno ZOO
Right in the centre of South Moravia
, a unique exhibit under the Brno Zoo
has opened recently. The charm of the virtual expedition lies in the extraordinary experience it offers
, as well as in its simplicity. Visitors simply come in, sit in a special chair, put on special glasses, and then find themselves right among the animals. This year, you can choose from four films: you can fly with a flock of flamingos, dive amongst the coral reefs, travel with Arctic foxes, or look lions right in the eyes.
The New Generation Museum in Žďár nad Sázavou
The New Generation Museum
offers a unique connection of state-of-the-art audio and visual technology
with important moments in the history of the former Cistercian monastery and château
in Žďár nad Sázavou. In the Vysočina Region between Prague
, this site offers visitors a virtual guided tour through the stories and personalities that had a significant influence on this unique area near the Pilgrimage Church of St John of Nepomuk
, a listed UNESCO site. The museum’s motto is ‘Touching the exhibits is strictly encouraged!’
– so there’s no doubt that neither you nor your children will get bored.
Museum of Chocolate and Marzipan in Tábor South Bohemia’s Tábor
hides many good cafés and restaurants in its historical centre. But it also hides the sweet Museum of Chocolate and Marzipan
, which maps the history of chocolate from how it’s grow, to how it’s imported to Europe, to how it’s processed into bonbons, bars, pralines, or figurines. The second part of the museum is dedicated to marzipan and its use in confectionery. Anyone with playful hands can have fun in the museum’s workshop, where you can pour chocolate
or work with marzipan
Torture Museum in Lednice
You will find an unusual exhibit on torture
in a historical basement near the château in Lednice
in South Moravia
. There are various torture instruments in the museum that were used by the inquisition and capital punishment courts in both the Czech Lands elsewhere in the world. There are over 200 pieces from all around the world, most of which are preserved originals
In Dobrovice in Central Bohemia
, you will find an exhibit on beet-growing, sugar, and the distilling industry
in the local sugar refinery. The museum provides information on the development of Czech sugar production, which is famous all over the world. You can see a sugarloaf mould or the equipment used to produce sugar cubes – which, by the way, are a Czech invention
. The largest piece in the museum is the steam-powered engine used for sugar production in the 1950s, though its molasses tank dates to the end of the 19th century. At the height of the tourist season, you can take a tour of the industrial sugar refinery and distillery.