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Kafka Museum, Prague

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Dedicated to the life and work of one of the city's most celebrated authors, Kafka Museum contains a large collection of Kafka's private letters and photographs. Although Kafka wrote in German, the city of Prague remained the heart of his personal and professional world. The museum explores the relationship between the city and the writer, providing a glimpse into Kafka's universe of literary characters tortured by personal alienation, physical brutality, and cold-hearted bureaucracy. Take a look at the displays featuring first editions of Kafka's major works, as well as his personal diaries, drawings, and manuscripts. Pick up Kafka's complete works at the on-site shop. Put Kafka Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Prague tour planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Kafka Museum is a place never too crowded which collects small but targeted items on the author's life. Exciting are the handwritten pages of "letter to my father," and some of the original drawings by Kafka. Nice but could be improved without any doubt.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Did not know a lot about Kafka but the museum gave a good insight in his life and work. Made me curious about some of his books. At first the museum looks quite small but it's bigger than you'd think....  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Museum not crowded and full of information on the life of Kafka and beyond. Often, however, the captions are only in Czech ...
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  • June 25, 2017
    The museum was OK but fairly small. The people working there were nice. The accounts and descriptions about him were too positive. He wrote some great things, but he wasn't an infallible god of literature. The more negative parts of his relationships were also not really addressed, and they're an important part of the story.
  • May 27, 2017
    It is a little pricey (even by Prague standards) at 200Kč, but for anyone interested in Kafka or literature, it's worth a visit. It's true that passages in the original German are not translated (I think some reviewers underestimate the challenges of translating prose as rich as Kafka's), but it's also worth mentioning that a lot of material is presented only in English and isn't even given in Czech. So my advice is, use Google Translate's camera feature and simply get your own translations into your preferred language as you go. Beautifully designed, an excellent experience.
  • April 29, 2017
    I am a bit mixed on this one. On one hand, the set-up and the presentation throughout the museum (dark, twisting, morphing) was very fitting to Kafka’s work. On the other hand, most of the original writing (diary entries, letters, etc.) isn't translated. So if you aren’t fluent in German, you miss out on a lot of these. I understand that the Czech Republic isn’t an English speaking country :) However, given the international popularity of Kafka, this may be a nice addition. Overall an interesting experience.
  • May 26, 2017
    As some of the other reviews pointed out, the museum is for the true Kafka fans. Since I'm not, I should have skipped it. B.t.w. this is also the most expensive Czech museum I'd visited through the trip. I feel I could have spent the time and money on some other activities.
  • June 19, 2017
    I expected to learn more about his works.. with some multimedia elements, etc. It's a great museum for academics of his work and life.

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