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Museum of Decorative Art (Umleckoprmyslové Muzeum)

Museum of Decorative Art (Umleckoprmyslové Muzeum) (14)

The Museum of Decorative Arts of Prague is the most important in this discipline in Central Europe. With its extensive collections, it will absolutely delight lovers of arts and crafts, with fabrics, ceramics, porcelain and jewellery, from Antiquity until the 20th century.

The Museum was founded in 1885 but the building was not finished until 1901. It is the work of the architect Josef Schulz, who wanted to stamp a neo-Renaissance air on it. On the façade, the relief work symbolises some artistic trades. While the museum remained unfinished, some of the collections were shown in the neighbouring Rudolfinum concert hall.

This is the ideal place to check whether the glassware you have at home is as complete as you thought it was... above all when you get the chance to see some of the 250,000 pieces that make up the museum’s full collection. In fact only a part is on show. Special emphasis is given to Bohemian glass, which has been very important in this region since the 14th century. There are magnificent Baroque pieces and from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Also of note here is the collection of exquisitely carved furniture, desks and bureaus that date from the time of the Renaissance. There is space for Meissen porcelain, tapestries, fashion and fabrics, engravings and photography.

On the mezzanine is the room for temporary exhibitions and a library where you will able to browse among the more than 100,000 publications about art that are kept here.

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