The National Museum welcomed over a million visitors last year and is preparing five major exhibitions

The National Museum welcomed over a million visitors last year, and is preparing five large ;ch exhibition

Illustration photo – From May 11, 2020, people can go to exhibitions and museums and galleries again after two months. The government has eased its measures against the spread of the coronavirus, but it still restricts visitors to cultural institutions and orders them to wear masks, wash their hands with disinfectant and maintain a two-meter distance. The National Museum in Prague also welcomed the first visitors after the break – the girls in the picture belong to the museum's staff.

Prague – The National Museum (NM) in Prague welcomed 1,008,300 visitors last year. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the opening of new exhibitions and several exhibitions contributed to the high attendance. Among the most sought after was the exhibition Never give up! dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich. The museum was also successful in the field of technology. This year, visitors can look forward to five large and several smaller thematic exhibitions. The Children's Museum will also be open. Kristina Kvapilová informed ČTK about this for NM.

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Unlike previous years, the covid-19 epidemic did not affect the operation of the museum in 2022. 17,000 schoolchildren from kindergarten to high school visited the educational programs at the National Museum.

“I am glad that the National Museum is perceived not only as a symbol of our statehood and culture, but can also be a modern institution, which, as the number of visitors shows, can prepare an engaging exhibition program, connect unique projects with contemporary technologies and make a tour of the museum current and interesting, ” said the director general of the National Museum, Michal Lukeš.

At the successful exhibition We will never give up! dedicated to the events of 1942, which is extended in the historic building until April, those interested can view a large number of unique artefacts connected to Operation Anthropoid. The exhibitions Famous Czech Composers, Věra Čáslavská and the Miro Žbirka: Years and Days exhibition presented in the second half of the year, which was organized by NM together with Kateřina Žbirková on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of the popular Czechoslovak musician, were also well attended.

Last year, the Window to Prehistory, Miracles of Evolution, History of the 20th Century and Hall of Minerals exhibitions were joined by the Hall of Insects and an exhibition called History depicting the past of the Czech lands from the 8th century to the First World War in seven halls. In the first half of the year, NM launched an application for mobile devices called the National Museum in the Pocket, which received awards from the professional public in three industry competitions, the Red Dot Award, the Internet Effectiveness Award (IEA) and the Golden Semicolon.

In addition to several smaller ones, NM is preparing five large exhibitions this year. At the end of April, the exhibition When the Stars are Coming will be replaced by the First Ladies – Fashion and Style exhibition in the New NM building. It reflects the difference in the dressing style of the presidents' wives with regard to the time and current trends. The 1950s will be the theme of the exhibition of the same name, which in a broader context will present a time full of repression, but also the subsequent years as a phenomenon of changes that are reflected in all spheres of life.

The biggest international exhibition project of NM for this year is the Baroque exhibition in Bavaria and Bohemia, which visitors will be able to see from December. It is a joint project of NM and the House of Bavarian History, which will present collection items not only from painting and sculpture from state and private collections of four European countries.

At the Czech Museum of Music in Malá Strana, visitors will be able to visit tour! The exhibition shows the history and the present of the journey of musicians, from itinerant harmonica players to well-known music composers, opera divas and contemporary bands. The Thimble Museum will also open a new exhibition in the spring called Emil Holub, which will commemorate the personality of the famous Czech world traveler.

In addition to workshops and educational programs for children's visitors and schools, the Children's Museum will open in the New Building of NM in the first half of this year. which will communicate with children mainly through objects, illustrations, comic drawings and pictorial manuals.