The Mánes Building is a functionalist building designed and built by architect Otakar Novotný on the southern tip of Slavonic Island between 1928 and 1930. It was built on the site of the former Šítkovské Mills, a part of which has been preserved in the form of a Renaissance water tower of the same name. The whole complex is a dominant feature of the right bank of the Vltava River and soon became one of the most important centres of social life in Prague. The building houses the Mánes Exhibition Hall, where various beneficial events and previews are held; Art Restaurant Mánes; Terrace Grill Mánes, an outdoor restaurant; and Art Café Mánes, a café and confectionery.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: Masarykovo nábřeží 250/1, Praha 1
GPS coordinates: 50.0774986N, 14.4141103E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the Mánes Building:
- Jiráskovo náměstí tram stop (trams 5, 17; bus 176 and bus night lines 904, 908, 910)
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
Ticket price and opening hours vary depending on a particular exhibition. For up-to-date information about the Mánes Exhibiton Hall programme, visit the official website. For information about the opening hours of Art Restaurant Mánes, Terrace Grill and Art Café, go to www.manesrestaurant.cz.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MÁNES BUILDING
The reconstructed Art Restaurant Mánes is decorated with ceiling frescoes by Emil Filla and it also displays the grand piano that famous Czech artist Jaroslav Ježek used to play. Visitors can enjoy regular live piano performances. Originally, the restaurant offered French cuisine; today it serves traditional Czech dishes. There is also a lower terrace with outdoor seating by the Vltava River.
Terrace Grill Mánes is an outdoor restaurant that sits on the roof of the building and provides a beautiful view over the Vltava River, the banks of Smíchov with Petřín Hill and the National Theatre. It is dominated by an illuminated bar. The restaurant serves Italian and French dishes. Art Café restaurant and confectionery has its entrance right from the waterfront. It is oriented towards Slavonic Island and thus provides a nice view of the National Theatre and the Žofín Palace.
MÁNES BUILDING AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the Mánes Building, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including the Žofín Palace, Slavonic Island, the National Theatre, Náplavka – the Rašín Embankment, Střelecký Island, the Dancing House, the National Monument to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror in the Church of SS Cyril and Methodius and many others.