The Army Museum Žižkov is located in the Žižkov district, in the historical buildings of the National Liberation Monument. The museum is administered by the Military History Institute Prague. Visitors can see a number of historical weapons, uniforms, military decorations and models with precise description of particular events. The exhibition starts with the period of WWI and is divided into three separate sections – (1) the period of WWI (1914-1918), (2) the armed forces of interwar Czechoslovakia, (3) military operations during WWII, and the period after the February 1948 coup, including the anti-communist resistance. The entire exhibition is dedicated to Czechoslovak history. The building is currently under reconstruction and will open again in 2020.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: U Památníku 2, Praha 3
GPS coordinates: 50.0873483N, 14.4449817E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the Army Museum Žižkov:
- U Památníku bus stop
- Husinecká tram stop
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
For up-to-date information about the opening hours of the Army Museum Žižkov, visit the official website. Admission is free of charge throughout the year.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ARMY MUSEUM ŽIŽKOV
The complex of buildings was built in 1929 according to the design by architect and former legionnaire Josef Zázvorka and the National Liberation Monument was placed there, the Army Museum Žižkov being part of it. However, it was used as a historical science institute only until 1939 when the entire area was occupied by the gestapo and exhibits from a German military museum were transferred there. After the end of the war, some of the exhibits were destroyed and stolen and some were exported across the border. After the communist coup, the museum was closed, as it was incompatible with the ideology of the time. After an exhibition in the 1950s, which focused on the Communist Party, it was closed again. Later the museum focused on the Socialist army.
ARMY MUSEUM ŽIŽKOV AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the Army Museum Žižkov, there are plenty of other historical sights nearby to explore, including the National Liberation Monument on Vítkov Hill, Parukářka Park, the Žižkov Television Tower, the Church of SS Cyril and Methodius in Karlín, the Karlín Synagogue, Jára Cimrman Theatre, the 35M2 Gallery and many others.