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Our Mission is to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture.

We are a museum that celebrates life. Czech life. Slovak life. American life. We are a museum that encourages self-discovery, a museum that asks what it means to be free. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, we tell stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity. Our stories connect yesterday with today and tomorrow.

The NCSML was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in November of 2008.

NCSML Values

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is dedicated to achieving its mission with the highest quality and integrity, guided by the following values and principles:

1) We believe engagement in history and culture informs and empowers a free civil society.
3) We recognize ancestral heritage is important to people in defining their place in history and the world.
5) We honor those who immigrated to America and contributed their hard work, skill and vision to the formation of our nation.
7) We respect the people of the Czech and Slovak Republics who struggled for national identity.

2) We commit to the ethical interpretation and presentation of factually correct and well-balanced views in exhibits and programming.
4) We embrace life-long learning.
6) We aspire to the highest museum and library standards in our care of collections and operations.
8) We resolve to effectively use resources with integrity and accountability.

Our History

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2012

Grand Opening Celebration

2011

Monumental Move

2010

Rising Above

2009

Temporary Home

2008

The Flood
Flood Recovery

2002

Dress for the Dance of Life

2001

Growth Spurt

2000

Excitement and Renovation

1999

Humbled Host

1998

Homelands Exhibit

1997

International Attraction

1995

Presidential Company

1993

Ground Breaking

1992

Recognition and Expansion

1984

The Family Grows

1983

Home Sweet Home

1981

Moving on Up

1978

The Museum and Library

1974

The Foundation