National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

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Exhibit Galleries and Museum Store:
Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday Noon-4 p.m.

Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year's Day.

Skala Bartizal Library:
Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed: Sundays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day & New Year's Day.

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.

Images Gone With Time


The Smith Gallery hosts Images Gone With Time until August 3. This exhibit features 40 photographs from the NCSML collection.

Igor Grossmann was a pharmacist turned photographer in the 1950s and 60s. He lived in a rural Slovak village, and realized that the life ways and customs he experienced were part of an old world that was rapidly being replaced with a modern, communist one. He took up his camera to document those customs before they were gone.

Grossman’s photographs capture the landscapes, people, and traditions of Slovak mountain villages, portraying the moment of transition between the old world and the new. As written in the introduction to Grossman’s book, “Images Gone With Time,” “Grossman’s photographs are the land of our memories of home. They are a record of our existence, a guarantee of our survival.”

Exhibition Fees*

 Members  Free
 Adults  $10
 Seniors  $9
 Students (with ID) 14+  
 Youth 6-13  $3
 Children 5 and under

*Admission also includes the exhibit Rising Above: the Story of a People and the Flood located in the Kosek building, 87 Sixteenth Ave. SW. Special group tour rates available.

**Individual/ Family Members: Bring Membership Card
Corporate Members: Bring Proof of Employment (Business Card is sufficient)

Group Rates

Advance reservation required for group rates. Please visit our Group Tour Packages page for details.