The Antonín Dvořák Museum is situated in the Baroque Michna Summer House (known also as the Villa “Amerika”) in Prague’s New Town, and is surrounded by a large garden with statues by Matthias Bernard Braun. The villa was built for Count Jan Václav Michna of Vacínov according to the design by architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer at the beginning of the 18th century. Over the years, the building served several purposes – from a girls’ grammar school to a poorhouse. The museum, which is dedicated to the life and work of famous Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, has been housed in the building since its foundation in 1932. The museum displays a unique collection of Dvořák’s manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and some of his personal items, including his desk, piano, Cambridge graduation gown, glasses, watch and pen. The Antonín Dvořák Museum also holds the composer’s sheet music archive, library and printed documentation that testifies to his achievements. The museum is officially managed by the National Museum.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: Ke Karlovu 20, Praha 2
GPS coordinates: 50.0736906N, 14.4269256E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the Antonín Dvořák Museum:
- Štěpánská tram stop
- Kateřinská bus stop
- I. P. Pavlova metro station (Line C – red line)
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
For up-to-date information about the admission fees and opening hours of the Antonín Dvořák Museum, visit the official website. The museum can be visited free of charge on selected days throughout the year. For more information, see the website above.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK MUSEUM
Besides the above mentioned exhibition, the Antonín Dvořák Museum holds a permanent exhibition called “The Journeys of Antonín Dvořák”, which documents the composer’s travels (he travelled almost the whole of Europe and even lived in America) using authentic personal items and modern graphics. This exhibition introduces visitors to the circumstances under which he wrote his most famous compositions, such as the Symphony No. 9, Moravian Duets and “Rusalka”. The building of the museum is also notable. On the ground floor, visitors can see the original showcases dating back to the time of its foundation. The ceiling of the first floor is adorned with frescoes with motifs from English mythology; the work of Johann Ferdinand Schor.
Concerts of classical music are held regularly at the Anotnín Dvořák Museum from May to October. For more information, click here.
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK MUSEUM AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the Antonín Dvořák Museum, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including the Kateřinská Garden, the Church of St Catherine of Alexandria, the Hrdlička Museum of Man, Charles Square, the Faust House, the Na Slovanech Monastery, the New Town Hall, Peace Square and many others.