annual report 2017


Presentation Activities

Key projects and foreign exhibitions

Key exhibition projects in 2017 were the Masaryk as a Phenomenon exhibition in the New Building of the National Museum, the medium-term Light and Life exhibition, also in the New Building, the Indians exhibition in the Náprstek Museum and the Music and Fairy Tale exhibition at the Czech Museum of Music. In addition, the National Museum carried out dozens of exhibition projects involving all the National Museum's specialists. Abroad, the museum was also active with its Castles and Chateaus of the Czech Republic project, which was presented in the Philippines and Myanmar. An exhibition project of the Historical Museum of the National Museum also took place in Latvia in memory of the prominent stage designer Joan Brems.    

Foreign exhibitions

Czech Castles and Chateaus

The travelling foreign exhibition, prepared in cooperation with the National Heritage Institute, was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps on 11 May 2017 in Manila. This picture exhibition shows a selection of the most interesting castles and chateaus of Bohemia and Moravia. Visitors can even get acquainted with Czech localities through digitized 3D models or by viewing the documentary Ten Centuries of Architecture. The exhibition has already introduced the beauty of the Czech Republic in many countries, such as Malaysia, Bhutan, Afghanistan or India.

Charles IV, Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor (Karel IV., král český a císař římský)

A travelling foreign exhibition, in Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion Tunnels, Tallinn, Estonia (9 December 2016 - 28 February 2017), created by the curators of the National Museum (co-created by Robert Antonin, Ph.D.).

Charles IV and Faith (Karel IV. a víra)

An exhibition that took place at the Museu da Presidencia da Republica - Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal (14 December 2016 – 29 January 2017), created by the curators of the National Museum (co-created by Robert Antonín, Ph.D.). Exhibition project of the National Museum dedicated to celebrating the 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV.

Joan Brehms (1907-1995), scenographer, architect, painter

International/foreign exhibition created by Mgr. Vojtěch Poláček, shown at 2 locations in Latvia - the Great Amber Concert Hall, Liepāja (16 - 31 October 2017), and the Eduarda Smiļģa Theatre Museum, Riga (9 November 2017 - 7 January 2018).


From 2 February to 3 March 2017, an exhibition called Rusalka was held in New York City at the National Bohemian Hall, presenting Dvořák’s famous opera. The core of the exhibition was the original score of the opera and other materials from the collections of the National Museum. Due to its great success the exhibition was moved to the Czech Museum of Music for a week.