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April 26, 2017
April 26, 2017

Municipal house


It is one of the most famous Art Nouveau buildings in Prague, which stands on the Republic Square (no. 5), in the neighborhood of the Powder Tower opposite the house U. It serves mainly ceremonial purposes.

On the site of today’s Municipal House was originally the residence of Czech kings, King’s Court. This complex was built around 1380 Wenceslas IV. as his headquarters, and then court still served as the residence of sovereigns in the years 1383-1484.

Apart from the palace included a lot courtiers, spa, lvinec and garden. After Vaclav IV. Here lived his brother Sigismund and then, for example, Vladislav Jagellonský, who relocated from Old Town back to Prague Castle.

Until now, the Royal Palace retained only the name of the adjacent street Královodvorská and passage to the Powder Tower on Celetna Street.


Municipal House was built in 1905-1912 on the basis of winning the architectural competition by architects Anthony Balšánek and Polivka.

Municipal House Prague

Municipal House Prague

Decorated by the most significant Czech painters and sculptors of the early 20th century: Mikolas Ales, Karel Novak, Joseph Wenceslas Myslbek, Alfons Mucha and Jan Preisler.

Its interior includes several halls, the largest of which is the Smetana Hall, serving as concert (for 1,200 listeners)

Besides the concerts there are organized exhibitions and other events.

On the ground floor and in the basement is are several restaurants and cafes


  • Jiří Anderle – Panoptikum
    • The extensive and diverse body of work which Jiří Anderle (born 1936) has created over more than fifty years includes prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures.
    • He gained his renown primarily through his graphic art, in which he developed unmistakable artistic expression based on the mastery and combining of various printmaking techniques. His work is represented in the collections of many Czech museums and galleries and around the world.
    • opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00
      • full admission: 170KC
      • reduced admission: 85KC
      • family admission: 350KC


  • Blanka Matragi
    • The world-famous fashion designer. This exhibition held in the Gaming Parlours will present primarily dresses and accessories but also glass, porcelain, sculptures, chandeliers and graphic art among others.
    • opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00
      • full admission: 260KC
      • reduced admission: 155KC
      • family admission: 550KC

 Admission combinations:

  • Circuit A – Municipal House guided tour + exhibition Jiří Anderle – Panoptikum + exhibition Blanka Matragi: 450KC
  • Circuit B – Municipal House guided tour + exhibition Blanka Matragi: 390KC
  • Circuit C – Exhibition Jiří Anderle – Panoptikum exhibition Blanka Matragi: 290KC

Opening hours:

  • Monday – Sunday
    • 10.00 – 20.00

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