National Gallery in Prague - Kinský Palace, Prague

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In the heart of Prague's Old Town Square, the recognizable pink-and-white stucco facade of National Gallery in Prague - Kinský Palace protrudes slightly out from the line of buildings that surround it. You may recognize it as the image on many regional postcards. Built in 1756 for Jan Arnost Goltz, a number of famous people have passed through its walls. Bertha von Suttner, the first winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born here, while Franz Kafka, widely considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, attended a grammar school held in the Rococo palace. After admiring the building's exquisite exterior, head inside where the National Gallery displays its collection. Plan your National Gallery in Prague - Kinský Palace visit and explore what else you can see and do in Prague using our Prague road trip tool .
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  • The palace itself is on the Staromestske Namersti and it loks brillant from outside. You would think that inseide you have the same experience. No. There is only one floor of exhibitions of Far East A...  more »
  • Visited because accessible free of charge with the Prague card, this Museum (in any case the permanent exhibition on Asian arts) does not present great interest. If you get the chance, go to the Guimet Museum in Paris.
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  • It was not at all level, view the collection of Asian art in Palác Kinských when I visited Prague again in July 2017, but since I now had bought a pass to all departments in Prague's National Gallery, so I went in and saw the Museum, which I delete not regretted, quite the contrary! A great experience that kept me trapped in an hour and a half. The museum owns about 13,000 artifacts from China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, Central, South and Southeast Asia, and there are also sections for African and Islamic art. The collection has occurred in the course of the 1900-century and is due first and foremost to gifts and donations from private art collectors who came home from travel with suitcases filled. In 1951 the collection was incorporated into Prague's National Gallery, and the then Director knotted friendships to Asian countries, and received the official gifts from the Governments. For most Europeans, the many fine things you can see in this museum be culturally alien. You have to be very knowledgeable about Asian culture in order to be able to read the rich symbol world arts. But even if you don't understand what it is to see, and even if you don't know anything about Buddhism, Hinduism or islam, so we can fortunately be delighted by the beautiful sculptures, jars, vats, barrels, dishes, masks and rugs displayed in Palác Kinských having location on one of Prague's finest addresses on Staroměstské náměstí.
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  • Cozy little exhibition gallery in the heart of Prague. It's very centrally located at the Old Town Square and hard to miss. Usually you'll find changing exhibitions in this location, like the one about Asian art, when I was in town. It was free for me as a student on a Sunday, but it's usually not that pricey in comparison to other museums in European cities. The gallery itself wasn't crowded at all when I was there and had a very calm and relaxing atmosphere overall. The exhibited pieces were presented in a very professional way with plenty of information to read. Worth a visit if you're interested in the current exhibition.
  • Asian Art exhibit fantastic. Learned so much history and provenance of common forms of enamel pieces. English translations well done. A wonderful way to edify yourself on Chinese and Japanese dynasties
  • Went to visit this gallery for the Gilbert R exhibition. It was a very uncomfortable experience, as we were followed around the exhibition by security. Not sure what they thought we were going to do, but after being shouted at by one security man and me explaining how they were making us feel. I left the exhibit halfway through!
  • Disappointing. The admission for Kinsky Palace was very expensive for the size of the exhibition. I thought the ticket would include the other parts of the National Gallery, or at least more than just one floor of exhibitions. Not worth it.
  • Very unpleasant experience. Security basically stalked us around the gallery, not sure what they expected us to do! Felt uncomfortable and harassed. Waste of money.

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