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Prague City Museum (Muzeum Hlavního Mesta Prahy)

Prague City Museum (Muzeum Hlavního Mesta Prahy) (18)

Not many visitors stop by at the Prague City Museum, but those who do so do not leave disappointed.

The museum belongs to the City Council and is inside a building dating from the late-19th century designed by Antonín Wiehl and Antonín Balsánek. It is in neo-Renaissance style and its façade is filled with stucco work and sculptures. The inside is decorated with murals representing the history of the city.

The permanent exhibition contains as many as 500,000 documents about the history of the city, from prehistoric times to the present day. Among the items on exhibit, there is furniture, porcelain and objects from the old medieval trade guilds of Prague.

The jewel of the Prague City Museum is undoubtedly a 1:500 scale model of the city. It was built between 1826 and 1834 by Antonín Langweil in cardboard, paper, wood and ivory. It takes up 20 square metres and from it we can see what the Jewish Quarter or Wenceslas Square were like in the 19th century.

If you have some spare time, it is well worth having a good look at this piece, a veritable curiosity. And if you are not sure of how accurate the model is, you can compare it with an old map on exhibition in the same room.

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