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Memorial of National Literature (Památník národního písemnictví)

The Museum of Czech Literature is located in the Strahov monastery at Prague Castle. The Memorial of National Literature is responsible for creating, processing, treating, storing and publishing archival, library, audio-visual, art and other collections that serve as evidence for the development of literature and literary culture in the Czech Republic from 1775 to the present. A substantial part of the collection has been relocated outside of Prague; now the building serves as seat of the institution, with offices, a study room, depository, exhibition hall and an auditorium for programs for children, youth and adults.

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Opening hours

    • January – December
    • Mon, Wed
    • 09.00 – 16.30
    • Tue, Thu
    • 09.00 – 17.30
    • Fri
    • 09.00 – 14.30


  • Memorial of National Literature (Památník národního písemnictví)
  • Strahovské nádvoří 1
  • 118 38 Praha 1- Hradčany
  • +420220516695

Object history

Museum of Czech Literature


Ever since its establishment in 1953, the Museum of Czech Literature (Památník národního písemnictví) had its seat in the building of the Strahov Monastery. The Museum was a literary museum with literary relics dating from the beginnings of literature until the present days. The Strahov library of the Premonstrate Order was also in its possession, with the Theological and Philosophical Halls, as well as the Strahov graphics and other objects. Within the framework of restitutions, Strahov Monastery was returned to the original owner – the Premonstrate Order – in 1990, and the Strahov library was returned, too, as of the 1st January 1992. The Museum thus lost its significant part. Today, the basis of the Monument is represented by the Literary Archive, which was assigned to it from the National Museum in 1964. This archive contains whole inheritance of writers and poets and cultural representatives - letters, manuscripts, concepts of the works, documents, newspaper clippings, photo archive, publishing archives, etc., which the Monument tries to extend continuously. There are over 6 millions of archive unites in the Monument’s Literary archive, there are 600 000 volumes in the library and 250 000 items in the art collections (data from 1994). Originally, there were 5,900 square metres in the Strahov Monastery for the Monument; as of the 30th June 1992 it released 3,260 metres. Substantial part of the collections has been moved outside of Prague, where the rent is cheaper, and more premises are being sought for. Only the institution's headquarters remained here, the offices, study rooms, depositories, an exhibition hall and a hall designed for programmes for children, youth and adults. Materials required for study from the objects outside of Prague are transported to the study rooms in Prague.

The Monument currently also uses the Hvězda summer house at Bílá Hora.

The purpose of the Museum of Czech Literature is to create, process, treat, store and publish archive, literary, audiovisual, graphic and other collections, which serve the purposes of literary and book development on the territory of the Czech Republic since 1775 until today.


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Information source: Památník národního písemnictví