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Karel Zeman Museum

Karel Zeman Museum is devoted to the life’s work of filmmaker Karel Zeman, who made Czech cinematography world famous in the 20th century. The exhibition includes his first animations and puppet films as well as works from his last creative period. Karel Zeman Museum is located on the grounds of the Saxon Court (Saský dvůr) next to Charles Bridge. The playful approach of the museum towards the exhibition is unique – visitors can try out Zeman’s special-effect techniques with their own cameras and video cameras. In addition, they can step into small stages with backdrops, such as the moon and the flying machine of Baron Munchausen. Karel Zeman Museum focuses mainly on families with children and offers a variety of complementary activities.

Useful information for visitors

Address: Saská 3, Prague 1
GPS: 50.08684900, 14.40757200

Public transport connections

Malostranské náměstí bus stop, tram stop

Opening hours and admission

For up-to-date information about the admission fees and opening hours of Karel Zeman Museum, visit official website. The museum offers interactive guides (in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese). Visitors can also take a guided tour, usually with a Czech and English speaking student or a graduate of film science.

Interesting facts about Karel Zeman Museum

In addition to the exhibition with original puppets, unpublished photographs and other documentary materials from the life and work of Karel Zeman, the museum also offers a cruise on an electroboat on the Čertovka Stream and the Vltava River near Charles Bridge. For information on departure times and ticket prices, click here.

Visitors can also participate in a creative workshop, which is suitable for all age groups and allows them to try out the classical technique of cutout animation or experiment with animating puppets on a set. In the basic two-hour session, it is possible to film a short animation using simple puppets or drawings made by visitors in the studio. The whole-day session allows visitors to create a script and shoot a longer film. For more information about prices and instructors, click here.

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