5 Must-See Museum Exhibitions in Prague in Summer 2017

Historical Charles Bridge
Historical Charles Bridge |  © Massimo Catarinella/Wikimedia Commons
Diana Bocco

Though the Czech Republic has a wealth of artists—not to mention art galleries—this summer, its capital Prague plays host to a variety of exhibitions covering everything from art and anthropology, through to ironwork and textiles. If you’re planning a trip to the Czech Republic for the season ahead and looking for something unique, check out this selection of temporary exhibitions in the country’s beautiful capital city.

Life in the Czech Countryside

Showing at the Ethnographic Museum branch of the National Museum in the Kinsky Gardens, just steps away from the famous Petřín Hill tower, Life in the Czech Countryside offers a new insight into the history of the country and what life was like for countryside dwellers at the turn of the 19th century. Although the emphasis is on farm activities and the tools used at the time, the exhibit also showcases crafts and everyday living, as well as offering games and interactive displays.
Where: Ethnographic Museum branch of the National Museum

When: Until January 2018

Kinsky Folly, Kinského zahrada 98, Praha 5 – Smíchov, Czech Republic, +420 257 214 806

1. Headhunters


Entrance to the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures
© Vachovec1/WikiCommons
If you’re visiting Prague this summer and plan on paying a visit to the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, it’ll be your last chance to catch this unique exhibition. Headhunters explores the culture of New Guinea and the inhabitants’ relationship with cannibalism and headhunting, the exhibition explores the island’s colonial past, and showcases a number of exhibits including actual shrunken heads, weapons, clothing, and body decoration, as well as tools used for everyday activities and to grow crops. The exhibition ends with a number of documents, photographs and works of art by entomologists and artists who studied or visited the island.
Where:Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures

When: Until June 18

2. Art Forged in Iron


This exhibition at The City of Prague Museum gives you glimpse into the work of iron workers and how they helped forge history. Art Forged in Iron shows original works of iron, including many from the baroque era and a number forged in Prague. The exhibition also has a small collection of lock mechanisms and large-sized artwork from blacksmiths. Call in advance for times of the workshops and presentations programmed alongside the exhibition.
Where: The City of Prague Museum (Ctěnice Chateau)

When: Until October 1

From a Thread to a Shirt

Also on at The City of Prague Museum, From a Thread to a Shirt is a fascinating look into the production of textiles in medieval Prague and how the industry shaped the city as we know it today. Prague’s textile industry was especially prosperous during the 14th and 15th centuries, when dyeing and weaving textiles became key to the city’s economy. The exhibition also allows you to see actual garments of the time, as well as other examples of textiles. There are also short documentary films and workshops offered to show you first-hand production techniques.
Where: The City of Prague Museum (House at the Golden Ring)

When: Until October 29

Týnská 630/6, Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic, +420 606 859 952

The City of Prague Museum

3. Retro


This cool, fun exhibition at The National Museum explores the meaning of the word and everything it can possibly encompass. Retro offers exhibits including vintage dresses, old telephones, and furniture among others, and explores why everything that’s suddenly made a comeback in the last few years has become popular once more. There’s also a significant collection of old toys, household appliances and electronics from the time of the Velvet Revolution.
Where: The National Museum

When: Until July 23

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