Prague's restored National Museum and Wenceslas Square at night

A number of Prague museums, galleries, and public buildings open for free on October 28th

Several Prague landmarks will celebrate the upcoming Czech Independence Day by offering free admission

The National Museum and National Gallery in Prague will have free admission on October 28, and Prague City Hall will have an open house of some of its spaces.

October 28th is Czech Independence Day, marking the anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. This year, celebrations will be much more low key than last year, which was the 100th anniversary.

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National Museum buildings that are normally open on a Monday will be free. These include the Historical Building, New Building, Czech Museum of Music, and Bedřich Smetana Museum.

Part of the Tutankhamun exhibition. via

The Historical Building currently has exhibitions on Tutankhamun, newspaper printing, “secret lives” behind the scenes in museums, history and culture of Kazakhstan, and Czechoslovak fighters in the RAF.

The New Building has an exhibition on Celts, which is in its final days, and genetics. The Czech Museum of Music has the story of rock ’n’ roll in the Normalization era. The Bedřich Smetana Museum explores the opera The Bartered Bride.

The National Gallery in Prague will open up Veletržní palác (Trade Fair Palace), Salmovský palác (Salm Palace), and Klášter sv. Anežky České (St Agnes Convent). Note that other venues are currently closed or closed on Mondays.

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Veletržní palác has various permanent and temporary exhibitions of Czech and international modern art. Temporary exhibitions include works by Emil Filla and Milan Grygar. Salmovský palác has a group show called Dimensions of Dialogue, with works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Frank Stella and others. Klášter sv. Anežky České has medieval art from Central Europe.

City Hall
Prague City Hall. via Raymond Johnston

Prague City Hall is opening up the Mayor’s Residence, the New City Hall, and the Škoda lounges.

People wanting to see the Mayor’s Residence, located in the Municipal Library on Mariánské náměstí, should register online in advance as only a few spots will be left open for people who haven’t done so.

People will be able to see the first floor of the residence, which has a large hall, a dining room, several lounges, and a small winter garden. The apartment was designed in 1928 in the Art Deco style.

The New City Hall (Nová radnice) is also on Mariánské náměstí. Visitors can see the Large Conference Hall on the first floor, where the City Council meets and seminars are held. The building was completed in 1911, and was originally intended as a tax office. (It is not to be confused with the New Town Hall, or Novoměstská radnice, on Karlovo náměstí.)

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Škoda lounges
Škoda lounges. via Praha.Eu

The Škoda lounges are on the first floor of Škoda Palace (Škodův palác) on Jungmannova Street, behind Tesco. The palace was built as an administrative building for Škoda Works, according to a design by architect Pavel Janák in 1924–26. The lounges, five interconnected rooms on the first floor, were furnished as representative rooms. The feature wood panel ceilings, walls with artistic carving details, chandeliers, furniture, and tapestries. City Hall has used the building since 2006.

The lounges are not wheelchair accessible.

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