In the National Technical Museum, the dreams of many girls and boys and their parents and grandparents can come true. Almost anyone will tell you they had visited the museum with their parents and love to pass this experience on their children. The National Technical Museum has been the ideal choice for rainy days for decades.
More than a century old and still getting better
The National Technical Museum was founded in 1908. Since then it has collected monumental collections from various technical fields, natural sciences, and local industries. Monumental exhibits hanging under the roof of the building will amaze you right at the entrance – and that’s just the beginning.
The prominent building at Letná was designed by architect Milan Babuška and built between 1938 and 1941. It’s dominated by a large hall designed for unique exhibits. Although the Museum’s collections have been growing, the building was not fully used for museum purposes until the 1990s.
In 2003, the National Technical Museum was closed to the public for five years due to an extensive renovation, and in 2013 (75 years since its opening) it could finally open its fully utilized and equipped premises with 14 permanent exhibitions to visitors. The latest exhibition presents a professionally equipped TV studio, built in cooperation with the Czech Television, where interesting workshops take place.
Permanent exhibitions in the National Technical Museum: Transportation; Architecture, Construction and Design; Astronomy; Printing; Photographic Studio; InterCamera; Technology in the Home; Chemistry Around Us; Measurement of Time; Mining, Metallurgy, Merkur Playroom, Technology in Toys, and Television Studio.
Permanent and temporary exhibitions are ideal for children. Connoisseurs can visit the library and the archive of the history of technology and industry. You can also see the Mining exhibition with coal and ore mine models in the underground of the National Technical Museum. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, the Museum is preparing the exhibition and interactive cycle “Made in Czechoslovakia, or the Industry that Conquered the World”.
How to get there
The large Museum building is situated on the edge of Letenské Sady in Prague 7. It is next to the National Agricultural Museum, which is worth visiting as well. The best way to get there is to walk from the Letenské náměstí tram stop along Ovenecká Street or Nad štolou Street. The main entrance to the Museum is on the park side, so if you go from the tram stop, you have to walk around the building along Muzejní Street. Or you can park car on the plain between the two museums and Letná.
The National Technical Museum is closed on Mondays; otherwise it’s opened the public every day to from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., including the weekends and holidays. The full entrance fee is CZK 220. Children, families, and seniors pay a reduced entry fee. The Museum organizes guided tours and a rich educational programme throughout the year.