Art & Design Guide

Prague's Bohemian art scene offers you much to admire. As well as being home to a fine collection of galleries, the city itself presents a plethora of splendid architecture, so be sure to take your sketch book wherever you go, as the urge to capture the beauty of your surroundings could come at any time. However, out of all the superb art attractions the city has to offer, we recommend you definitely make time to visit these…

The Slav Epic

For art students and lovers of the works of Alfons Mucha in particular, a visit to The National Gallery in Prague is a must. Though famed for his Art Nouveau work in Paris, Mucha’s passion was a series of twenty monumental paintings, inspired by Slavic mythology and the history of the Czech nation; which he worked on for nearly twenty years. Meticulously researched, this impressive collection tells the stories and customs of the Balkans, making it of special interest to those of you studying art history too.

Municipal House Hall (Obecni Dum)

Standing on the site of the Royal Court Municipal House Hall is this stunning art nouveau palace, built between 1906 and 1912 by around 30 leading artists of the day. Probably Prague’s most exuberant building, every painting and sculpture is full of symbolism and you have to see the design and detail in the décor to believe it. Even the restaurant and café are like walk-in museums, and upstairs there are six halls you can explore. With such a lot to learn about, we recommend taking a guided tour to ensure you see everything Municipal House Hall has to offer.

Museum of Decorative Arts

A work of art in itself, this neo-Renaissance building offers four halls filled with incredible artefacts for you to feast your eyes on. See stunning furniture, tapestries, porcelain, glasswork and a remarkable collection of clocks, watches, sundials and astronomical devices from the 16th – 19th century. There is even a dedicated graphic arts section where you can find a captivating set of art nouveau posters. The museum has such a huge collection in fact, that what you see is only a handpicked selection, so exhibitions are regularly rotated.