Czech Republic


The Czech Republic is a country located in the heart of Europe. Small in size, but significant in culture, history of our land and the Czechs has been dating many centuries back. In the Czech modern history, the culture has been playing an essential role, shaping our civil society and values. Czech culture is often the first ambassador of our country abroad and continues to ease the intercultural dialogue with other nations worldwide.

From the past, we still enjoy the privilege of having great Czech music composers and impressive cultural heritage, as well as distinctive traditional expressions of Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian regions. Supporting cultural diversity and the creation in every cultural sector is our mission for the present. We also look ahead and see the development of cultural and creative industries as an opportunity for the future.

Feel free to browse through links bellow and discover Czech cultural institutions and interesting information about cultural networks and infrastructure in Czechia.

 

HERITAGE

National Heritage Institute (NHI)

The NHI is a training and research organization of state monument care nationwide. It is an organization within the meaning of applicable law on state monument care (Act. No. 20/1987 Coll., As amended).

 

MUSEUMS

National Museum in Prague (NM)

The NM is the largest museum in the Czech Republic. As the central state museum with collecting, scientific, educational and methodological functions it seeks to enhance the sense of national identity and awareness of being part of the whole framework of European and world community and culture. The NM consists of five specialised institutes - the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Historical Museum, the Library of the National Museum, the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures (part of the National Museum since 1932), the Czech Museum of Music (part of the National Museum since 1984).

National Technical Museum (NTM)

For over a hundred years extensive collections have been assembled here documenting the development of many technical fields, of the natural and exact sciences, and of industry in the territory of today’s Czech Republic. The Department of Museum Pedagogy prepares illustrative and interactive educational programmes (ENTER). The National Technical Museum also has its own research centre with its own publication and educational activities concerning the history of the sciences and technology.

The Museum of Czech Literature (PNP)

The PNP fills the role of a museum in the terms of Section 10 (6) of act No. 122/2000 Coll., on the protection of museum collections and on the amendment of certain other acts, as amended. The PNP was established to acquire, gather, permanently safekeep, catalogue, scientifically process, and make available museum collections, specifically, collections of material that documents the development of literature and literary culture in the historical Czech lands, including documents on the life, work, and legacy of important figures of Czech literature and literary culture from the 18th century until present, and a collection of works of visual art.

The Moravian Museum in Brno

The museum collections include several million objects, representing valuable scientific material from the fields of literature, music and theatre, geology, mineralogy, botany, zoology and entomology.

Museum of Arts Olomouc

Now being carried out in three different locations (Museum of Modern Art, Archdiocesan Museum Olomouc and Archdiocesan Museum Kroměříž), the museum has more than 85,000 collection items (paintings, sculptures, drawings, graphic art, photographs, applied art and architectural designs) which makes it the third biggest institution of its kind in the Czech Republic.

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague collects and preserves for future generations — in both national and international contexts — examples of historical and contemporary crafts, as well as applied arts and design.

Technical Museum in Brno

The permanent expositions of the Technical Museum in Brno present the development of science and technology.

The Silesia Museum (SM)

The SM is a gate to Silesia, with a scope extending from both animate and inanimate objects to prehistory, history and art history, primarily with regard to the history of Silesia, as well as north and northwest Moravia.

The Hussite Museum in Tabor

The museum offers exhibits dedicated to the Hussite movement.

Museum of Romani Culture in Brno

An institution dedicated to the history and culture of the Romani people.

National Museum in Nature

The most important feature at present is the aim to revive the forgotten traditional technological methods, folk art and customs and the reconstruction of social life, trades and ways of entertainment of our ancestors.

The J. A. Comenius Museum in Uherský Brod

The mission of the Museum is to gather documents about the life and work of J. A. Comenius, his current reception and significance, and collect pieces of art of all kinds relating to his personality and work. The Museum is recognized nationwide and closely collaborates with its counterparts at home and abroad.

Museum of Glass and Jewellery in Jablonec nad Nisou

The only museum specializing in glass and costume jewellery in the Czech Republic. It was awarded the 1st price in the Gloria Musaealis competition for the Best Museum Initiation in 2004 and was also nominated for the European Museum competition in 2005. The Museum of Glass and Jewellery exhibits its collections in two architecturally interesting buildings.

Chrudim Puppetry Museum 

The Museum has around 50,000 items, including more than 8,500 puppets from around the world, as well as set designs and models, scenery, works of art with a puppet theme, posters and programs, photographs, audio and video recordings, printed matter, manuscripts, other archival materials, etc.

Lidice Memorial

Lidice Memorial keeps lasting memory of the annihilation of Lidice, which was razed to the ground by the German Nazi, June 10, 1942. Lidice Memorial also administers the National Heritage Site Ležáky and Heritage Site Lety.

Terezin Memorial

Among the properties administered by the Terezín Memorial are the Small Fortress and the National Cemetery – national cultural monument; the Ghetto Museum and the Park of the Terezín Children; a part of the former Magdeburg barracks; the Jewish Cemetery and Crematorium; the Columbarium with fort remnants, ceremonial halls and the central ghetto morgue; the Prayer Hall of the ghetto time and replica of Attic; the Russian Cemetery; the Cemetery of Soviet Soldiers; the Memorial Plaque by the rail siding; the Memorial Site by the river Ohre; the Crematorium of the former concentration camp in Litoměřice town and the entrance area of the former underground factory Richard in Litoměřice.

 

GALLERIES

National Gallery in Prague

In concordance with Law No. 148/1949 Coll. on the National Gallery in Prague, the National Gallery collects, records, maintains (on a permanent basis), professionally processes and makes publicly accessible, art works of painting, sculpture and graphic art, as well as works from the genre of, what is known as, "new media" of both home and foreign origin and professionally researches them. It is a museum in the sense as written in the provision of § 10, par. 6 of Law No. 122/2000 Coll. regarding the protection of the nature of museum collections and the modification of several other laws.

The Moravian Gallery in Brno

The Moravian Gallery in Brno is the second largest art museum in the Czech Republic. It is situated in three main buildings: Pražák Palace, Governor's Palace and Museum of Decorative Arts. Since 1963 the gallery has organized the International Biennale of Graphic Design.

 

LIBRARIES

National Library of the Czech Republic

The National Library's collection includes over 6,5 million volumes and yearly, it acquires about 80 thousand of new titles. It provides services to more than one million users every year, most of whom are university or college students, teachers, academics, scientist, and scholars. Each year, around one million books are lent.

Moravian Library in Brno

Research organisation, whose main purpose is to carry out basic research, applied research or experimental development, and to disseminate their results by means of education, publications or transfer of technology. The Moravian Library in Brno established the Czech Literary Centre on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.

Czech Literary Centre

The purpose of the organisation is the long-term systematic promotion of Czech literature abroad. The Centre organises exchange programmes for Czech authors and foreign Czech studies specialists and translators and produce promotional material.

Library and Printing Office for the Blind

The mission of the LPB is to make information and art values accessible to the blind and weak-sighted people by the way of braille, sound records, relief graphics and digitalised texts.

 

THEATRE AND MUSIC

National Theatre

The National Theatre is the Czech Republic’s representative stage. It is one of the symbols of Czech national identity and a part of the European cultural arena. It is a bearer of national cultural heritage and at the same time an arena for free artistic creativity.

Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI)

The mission of the ATI is to provide the Czech and international public with a comprehensive range of services in the field of theatre and individual services connected to other branches of the arts (music, literature, dance and visual arts). The ATI collects objects and work relating to the theatre, processes and provides access to them, pursues research, initiates and participates in international projects, and publishes scholarly work. The ATI is also the headquarters of the Czech Office of the EU Culture Programme (Czech Cultural Contact Point).

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Soon after its founding in 1896, the Czech Philharmonic became the most noteworthy orchestra in the country – even as soon as before the First World War the orchestra had built a considerable reputation for itself in concert halls across Europe. Over the course of its 118 year history, the orchestra has fostered numerous significant personalities among its ranks. The Czech Philharmonic has always represented genuine artistic merit, and its tradition and success has uplifted it to a fundamental symbol of Czech culture.

Prague Philharmonic Choir

The Prague Philharmonic Choir is a first-class vocal ensemble with nearly 80 years of tradition. Among its concert partners are the world’s top orchestras, e. g. the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

OTHERS

National Film Archive (NFA)

The mission of the NFA is to preserve cinema heritage, to further its public understanding, and to facilitate the development of the Czech audio-visual industry and film culture. The NFA is one of the ten oldest and largest film archives in the world. In the Czech Republic, the NFA is one of the major memory institutions; in addition to performing the archival role it manages Czech films and is engaged in scientific and publishing activities, exhibition and promotion of film heritage and support of contemporary Czech cinema. The NFA also covers the activities of the Film Promotion and Film Commission offices, promoting contemporary films featured at important international festivals and markets, and offers assistance to foreign filmmakers who are considering filming in the Czech Republic. The NFA also coordinates the Creative Europe Desk and the Media Sub-programme.

National Information and Con­sul­ting Centre for Culture (NIPOS)

The basic mission of NIPOS is the support of cultural development, in particular in the field of culture-social and creative citizen activities both local and regional, in view of non-professional culture activities and copyright matters, information service and expert consultations for both authorities and employees of local government, state administration, civic associations, legal and physical entities and other subjects, operating in the field of local and regional culture, namely on the basis of systematic using of theoretical and practical findings of analytic and research activities in the culture, of the own research and with use of professional knowledge in various branches of culture activities. The professional activity of NIPOS is focused on the obtaining and analysis of the knowledge about the general role and position of the public culture services in the field of socio-economic development of regions.

National Institute of Folklore Culture (NIFC)

The NIFC is a research organization whose main purpose is to conduct fundamental research in the field of cultural heritage of folklore, applied research or experimental development and to disseminate their results by way of teaching, publication or technology transfer. The NIFC also participates in international activities in the field of folk culture and folklore, especially in terms of fulfilling the resolutions 25th UNESCO General Conference in 1989 "Recommendation on the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore." It is also the seat of Czech National Section CIOFF (International Council of festival organizers folklore and folk art consultant statute UNESCO) ensuring the activities of this section and allowing contact with national sections in ninety countries on all continents.