10 Reasons to Visit
The Largest Art Collection in the Czech Republic
Our 399,000 collection items contain exquisite art from all time periods. On top of that, the best works are regularly on display in permanent exhibitions and short-term expositions. Discover for yourself the original artworks by Albrecht Dürer, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso as well as Czech artists – Václav Hollar, Josef Václav Myslbek, Toyen, Jan Preisler, František Kupka, Zdeněk Sýkora and Adriena Šimotová.
The recent exhibitions our visitors enjoyed the most comprised those of French Impressionism, Ai Weiwei, Alberto Giacometti and Katharina Grosse.
A Space for Education, Discussion, and Experiences
When in a gallery, do you often pose yourselves questions starting with What, When, Why and How? Have you ever wondered about the background of your favourite artwork? Is there a reason why it looks the way it does? Take your pick from our rich assortment of public programmes and have your questions answered.
Extraordinary Social Events
Live the once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere of ceremonial events linked to art. We cordially invite you to our exhibition vernissages as well as the regularly held Grand Openings, which have become a fixture among the most sought-after cultural events in Prague.
A Space for Leisure Time
Visit our shops and treat yourself to one of our brilliant art publications or another memento of your time in the NGP! You will find books from our own publishing house as well as foreign literature and original, art-themed gifts. The NGP Publishing House – Koenig Books is the flagship offering a selection from Walter Koenig Books, one of the most prominent independent art literature bookstores in Europe.
And if you’re looking for somewhere to read in peace, we recommend buying a book in our Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia shop – you can immerse yourself in reading right in the picturesque convent gardens.
Unique Architecture in the City Centre
The tremendous architectural and historical value of our buildings from various construction epochs is sure to amplify the unique art experience you will enjoy during and after your visit. Former aristocratic palaces full of old tales; quiet gardens hidden in the busy city centre; and a pulsating contemporary art hub in the heart of a lively Prague quarter. A selection you may take your pick from all year long.
Free Entry Days
Take the opportunity and go see your favourite artists on free entry days. On select days, the gallery is open free of charge to all visitors; in this way, we can come together to celebrate important anniversaries such as the foundation of the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, the formation of Czechoslovakia and the International Museum Day.
However, you may enter the gallery free of charge all year long if you meet the criteria. The collection exhibitions are free for youths up to 26 years of age, ZTP disability identification card holders and their guides and school groups.
Fun for the Whole Family
Is your child a dormant master artist? Are you one? Take your family to the gallery and find out for yourselves. Pick up your worksheets and head out to discover artworks in the exhibitions; or get involved in the programmes held regularly in the children’s playroom under the guidance of our experienced lecturers and create artwork with your own personal touch.
The National Gallery has something in store for older children, too. We offer guided tours, art history courses and fine arts workshops and studios to youths and adults. Join us on the journey to inspiration and new experiences!
Hub for Experts
Do you want to find out more about your favourite artist, artistic movement or artwork? Use some of the services the gallery offers to experts as well as the general public.
The Sternberg Palace has a library dedicated to the fine arts with a fund numbering over 115,000 books and close to a thousand technical periodicals – all at your disposal. In the Kinský Palace you will find the study room and library of the Collection of Prints and Drawings, in the Trade Fair Palace and at the Schwarzenberg Palace you can use the National Gallery Archive. Those interested are free to carry out research in the archive, if they give timely notice of their visit and their research intention.
The public may turn to the National Gallery Prague in matters involving the authenticity verification of an artwork and the export of items of cultural value.