The National Gallery in Prague is a state-owned large cultural project, consisting of nine buildings spread across the Czech Republic. The majority of them are located in Prague, and they are definitely worth a visit. Six of Prague’s National Gallery buildings are located in the center of Prague, one is located in the wider center in the Holesovice district (Prague 7). Let’s briefly go over the basic information and main reasons why the National Gallery should become a potential destination for one of your days out in the city of Prague.
In the Old Town of Prague there are several buildings that fall under the Prague National Gallery. The oldest of them is the Convent of Saint Agnes in Prague built in the 13th century, located in U Milosrdných Street. On the first floor of the convent complex, there are more than two hundred works of Central European Medieval Art Masters of the Luxembourg rule (1310-1437) and the subsequent three centuries. We also recommend visiting the Sternberg Palace on Hradčanské Square, directly opposite the Prague Castle. The expositions are made up of extensive collections of European art from the antique to baroque times. The adjacent building, the Schwarzenberg Palace, is also part of the National Gallery in Prague. Art from the time of Emperor Rudolph II. (1552-1612) and the Czech Baroque era (1620-1790). Did you ever hear about the famous painter Karel Škréta (1610-1674)? Come and discover the specifics of Baroque art in the Czech lands.
Veletržní Palace in Holešovice can also be a very interesting place to visit. Thanks to its extensive premises, this is the largest exhibition of the National Gallery. Here you can see Czech and international art from 19th to 21st century. We definitely recommend the visit as the building is usually not that crowded and you can take your time to view all of the exhibitions. Did you hear about Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) or about August Bröms (1873-1925)? Come and see the Czech and world artists of the last three centuries.
The Prague National Gallery does not exhibit only paintings. If you visit the Schwarzenberg Palace, you can also view an exhibition showcasing the sculpture work of the Czech Baroque era. You can see finished monumental sculptures, as well as objects designed for the exploration by touch, made as part of a project to make the world architecture more available to the blind.
We recommend buying the combined admission to permanent exhibitions for 500 CZK, which gives you access to all of the National Gallery in Prague buildings for 10 days without any restrictions.
From our residences with apartments for short-term rent in Prague, you can reach the Holešovice district with the largest National Gallery building conveniently by public transport within 10 minutes – the destination Tram stop is Veletržní palác.