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National Museum – Bedřich Smetana Museum

The museum is housed in the neo-Renaissance building of the former Old Town Waterworks on the Vltava River near Charles Bridge, in a place with stunning views of the Vltava River and the panorama of Prague Castle. This unconventional exhibition describes the life and work of Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884), one of the greatest Czech composers.

National Museum – Bedřich Smetana Museum, Novotného lávka 1, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00
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Opening hours

The museum remains to be open on public holidays, May 1 and 8.

Opening hours

January – December

10.00 – 17.00
10.00 – 17.00
10.00 – 17.00
10.00 – 17.00
10.00 – 17.00
10.00 – 17.00

Entrance fee


50 CZK


30 CZK


90 CZK

This exhibition offers a cross-section of the composer’s life and work. In an unusual visual concept, samples of Smetana’s manuscripts, correspondence and other contemporary written and pictorial documents, original paintings and personal items are presented. Special “scores” are devoted to Smetana’s key works with documents relating to their origins and destinies, placed on special music stands, which can be played from a conductor’s podium using a special laser baton to hear excerpts from Smetana’s works.

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