The Czech Museum of Music (or České muzeum hudby) is one of the most popular and beautiful museums in the Czech Republic. Situated in the thriving tourist destination of Prague, the Czech Museum of Music is in a fantastic 17th century baroque palace – it is worth going just for the building itself. The former church retains its baroque charm, but has been restored since being turned into a museum, so you will find that the stonework gleams and the light plays beautifully on the ornate features in the grand hall.
Inside you will find around 700,000 items on display, which relate to the history of music both in the Czech Republic, with items belonging to the world famous Czech composers Dvořak and Smetana, and around the world, such as an original score by Mozart. There is a programme of temporary exhibitions passing through the museum throughout the year, so even returning visitors can find something new to see.
A lot of the collection is old manuscripts and recordings, as well as instruments, and there is plenty for the music lover to browse through while also enjoying the beauty of the grand assembly hall.
If you would rather listen to music than learn about it, there is a programme of concerts each year in the assembly hall which take full advantage of the hall’s ambience and fantastic acoustics. These concerts are usually live classical music and opera, and if you are planning to visit Prague it is certainly worth seeing if there are any concerts you could attend during your stay.
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