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, Praha 1
GPS coordinates: 50.086849N, 14.407572E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near Karel Zeman Museum:
- Malostranské náměstí tram stop (trams 12, 15, 20, 22, 23, night line 97), bus line 192
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In addition to the exhibition with original puppets, unpublished photographs and other documentary materials from the life and work of Karel Zeman, the museum also offers a cruise on an electroboat on the Čertovka Stream and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.
KAREL ZEMAN MUSEUM AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting Karel Zeman Museum, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including Charles Bridge, the Lesser Town Bridge Tower, Kampa Park (perfect for a picnic), Kampa Museum, the John Lennon Wall, The Lesser Town Square, the Church of St Nicholas, the Střelecký Island, Prague Castle and many others.