Prague is known for its fantastic beer and the rich history entrenched in its old town, but there are also plenty of interesting museums to discover as well. These aren’t just your usual museums either. Of course, there is the National Museum, where you can learn all about the Czech Republic, and the Jewish Museum, which tells the story of Jewish Heritage in the country, but there are some quirkier options too. Here are some of the lesser-known attractions that you might want to visit during your Prague city break.
Museum of Miniatures
This fantastic museum celebrates the intricate work of Anatoly Konenko, a micro-miniaturist who was born in Siberia. His tiny creations will blow your mind, as he asks you to reconsider everyday objects by bringing them into his minuscule world. Specific works include camels being led through the eye of a needle and a flea in horseshoes, and these are considered the bread and butter of the trade. Imagine what else is possible when you move away from the ‘traditional’. Entry is just £5 and it’s well worth a look if you get the chance.
Nuclear Bunker Museum
To experience this thought-provoking museum, you need to take a Cold War guided tour through the city, which costs around £20. After being shown some of the spots around Prague relating to the war, you will be taken to a nuclear bunker which was built during a time when nuclear war was thought to be just around the corner. Gas masks and newspaper clippings give you an idea of what people were thinking and feeling at the time, and the bunker itself displays the claustrophobia and paranoia that could have occurred if it was ever needed.
Franz Kafka Museum
Anybody who is familiar with the works of Franz Kafka (think Metamorphosis) may feel slightly apprehensive about walking into a museum dedicated to his ideas. This dark gallery features real personal items alongside some of the author’s surreal and disturbed concepts that have been brought to life in 3D. It’s an interesting look inside Kafka’s mind, even if it does leave you with an eerie feeling after you’ve left. One of the most engaging exhibits is located outside the museum. Two statues urinate into a never-ending puddle as the shape of their streams spells out literary quotes.
Museum of Historical Chamber Pots and Toilets
The name of this museum tells you everything you need to know about what you’ll find inside. There are over 2,000 different pots and toilets, telling the story of the bathroom through the ages. Before you reject this attraction as being a waste of your time (yes, that’s a pun), you might be interested in learning about some of the more famous exhibits. Not only does the museum feature a toilet salvaged from the Titanic, but it also includes one from Abraham Lincoln’s bedroom in the Whitehouse.
The Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague
Another museum with a somewhat wordy name, this attraction gives you a chance to learn about the dark history of Prague. This history relates to the sorcerers and alchemists that were championed by Emperor Rudolf II during his 16th-century reign. During this time, people were wary of the shadowy figures carrying out these questionable practices and there was much speculation as to whether it was believable or just showmanship. The displays in the museum feature artefacts that would have been used for alchemy and magic, as well as staged scenes that depict the fates of some of the men involved.
Museum of Torture Instruments
This is another gloomy attraction which shows the contrast between the beauty of Prague on the streets and the secrets that lie beneath the surface. Amidst the Medieval atmosphere of the Old Town, the museum holds more than 60 different torture devices that were used during this period of time. Along with the contraptions themselves, there are detailed descriptions and depictions of how they would have been used and the crimes for which you could expect to receive this punishment. Some of them are as innocuous as simply being a woman and talking too much.
Museum of Communism
For those that lived through them, the days of Communism in what was then Czechoslovakia are not that far in the past. This was a distressing time for the people of Prague, who were heavily oppressed by the Soviet Union and subjected to brutal displays of power. The Museum of Communism allows people who were lucky enough not to be involved to learn about how life would have been. There are communist artefacts, a statue of Lenin, propaganda posters and more, all collected by an American with a passion for political science and housed in a former nobleman’s palace.
Whilst the other attractions on this list are very adult in their themes, the Lego Museum is perfect if you are travelling with kids. It is the largest museum dedicated to the iconic children’s toy in the world and features builds that use more than one million bricks combined. There are 20 different themed areas which feature anything from famous Prague landmarks to scenes from Harry Potter and Star Wars. With tickets costing just £5 for kids and £7.50 for adults, it’s definitely worth a visit if you or your little ones have ever been fascinated by these little, coloured bricks.
As you can see, there are plenty of alternative museums to enjoy during your time in the Czech capital. If you want to book a trip to Prague, we can tailor-make a personalised itinerary just for you. Call us on 0800 988 3369 for more information.