Czech Museum of Music, Prague

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Explore the historical relationship between human beings and musical instruments at Czech Museum of Music. A 17th-century Baroque monastery is the beautiful setting for this museum. Inside, hear the original sounds made by less familiar instruments, such as sumptuous inlaid harpsichords or the 16th-century woodwinds. The museum houses about 700,000 items, including manuscripts, press documentation, and materials from the personal estates of two great Czech composers, Smetana and Dvořak. Examine variously shaped pianos, such as square or pyramid pianos, as well as the Empire-style giraffe or lyre pianos. Visit a more familiar slice of history by stopping to see a grand piano Mozart played in 1787. Put Czech Museum of Music and other Prague attractions into our Prague road trip tool , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Suitable very worthwhile for music lovers, also for children! Architecturally interesting building - monastery, post office, police and Museum of music.
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  • A museum that lack rezily of interactivity. For Czk 120, the price is not worth them. Only beautiful old instruments exposed in display cases or that it can't touch. A small sign announcing the name and the date of the instrument. Nothing more. Visit within an hour... what a pity... no or too little explanation. A museum that I recommend only the musicians specializing in early music.
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  • If your little ones saturate some of the cathedrals, take a walk in this small museum, very quiet, with a really cheap family entry: our children (of which only a fact of music) were happy to see all these beautiful pieces, some with really funny shapes... As they are very old and of course we can't touch them, recordings were made, and can be heard... certainly in helmets of another age, but the small ones were super happy to hear bits of music and all kinds of sounds. Some instruments are of great beauty. A must see.
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  • Not impressed. Staff were unfriendly. As I came out of the exhibition and walked towards the restroom, a staff called me over "come here, come here" and demanded to see my ticket. I told her I was finished and just going to the toilet. She just had to see my ticket. Granted, i can't expect them to speak perfect English but come on, it's a national museum. No thank you or apology. Regarding the exhibitor itself, there was not enough information on the instruments overall and more than half of the headphones at the listening stations did not work properly or were falling apart. I tried to tell the lady who sold me the ticket, all she said was "okay". And by the way, Mozart's piano is on loan and won't be back until feb 2018. What a bummer.
  • Excellent museum for music lovers and for the ones interested in different kinds of instruments and their history, is a very complete place to spend a couple of hours and to listen to their original sound in the earphones, there is currently an extra which is another exhibition about the relation between music and literature, very interesting and friendly
  • Dvorak's New World Symphony on the Museum Night: breathtaking even with the crowds making noise in the silent parts
  • A staggeringly interesting place. Histories of all the major types of instrument, with so many rare examples, and specimens of instruments you have to see (and hear) to believe. Many listening posts (only disappointment is that they didn't have more – or the rare times when a pair of headphones would crackle or fail). Great value too compared to the pricey and crowded museums of other European capitals. Bonus points: they also have a lobby cafe that served me a bracing Fernet Stock at 10 in the morning, always a welcome aspect of Prague. Not an oft-mentioned attraction for tourists but, in my eyes, a must-see if you're at all musically inclined.
  • Great collection, and as a student the prices of the national museum are low. Worth a visit.

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