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Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey


Sitting in a living room during World War Two. Lying on the bunk in a steam ship on your way to America. What did it sound like? What did it feel like?

Experience it in the new permanent exhibit Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. See rare artifacts, experience cutting-edge interactive displays and celebrate your own culture with exhibits on puppets, music and art.

Visit the replica of the steerage section of a steamer ship that brought immigrants to America. Stand in Wenceslaus Square amidst shaking keys at the height of the Velvet Revolution. View a Tatra secret police car, an authentic JAWA motorcycle, a replicated communist watch tower, glass, porcelain and more.

This new 7,000-square foot, state of the art exhibit will show you why Faces of Freedom is everyone’s story.

Celebration! Rituals and Revelry of Life


Celebration! Rituals and Revelry of Life is an exciting display of Czech masks, costumes and religious artifacts that has come to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library directly from the National Museum of the Czech Republic in Prague.

features more than 200 unique items that follow a full year of sacred and whimsical holidays and traditions, ranging from rich Easter customs to the winter celebrations of St. Nicholas Day, Advent and Christmas. The display features rare and historic Nativity scenes; traditional kroje and holiday costumes; tapestries; historic photos; and more. Visitors get the chance to explore some of the more obscure and unusual holiday traditions of Czech culture through the exhibition's rich stories and engaging artifacts.

Programming for the Celebration exhibit is sponsored by Don & Irene Hamous.

Peter Sis: Cartography of the Mind


September 19, 2014 through March 1, 2015, Smith Gallery

This solo exhibition by Peter Sis, an internationally acclaimed artist, illustrator, writer and filmmaker, focuses on the artist’s poetic renditions of the unending quest for discovery. On view is a wide selection of his original drawings, watercolors and gouaches, re-telling and re-imagining the stories of people, who through their adventurous spirit, changed the course of the history.