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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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  • I'm not a kafka fan and I don't know much about him before randomly running into this museum. However, I must say although it would be a better experience if I can read German and familiar with Kafka'...  more »
  • This museum was a very nice visit with nice insight into the life of Franz Kafka whom I love and am a fan of, you must be a fan to enjoy though.  more »
  • Love Kafka's writing, but this museum is just pretentious and badly presented, does not do the great man justice.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.