National Gallery in Prague to Offer Free Admission

This weekend, the 4th and 5th of February, four branches of the National Gallery in Prague will be completely free of charge.


Staří Mistři I (Schwarzenberský palác)

The permanent exhibition Old Masters in the Schwarzenberg Palace presents selected key artworks from the Collection of Old Masters (Hans von Aachen, Petr Brandl, Matthias Bernard Braun, Lucas Cranach, Adriaen de Vries, Albrecht Dürer, El Greco, Francisco José Goya, Hans Holbein, Jan Gossaert, also known as Jan Mabuse, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jusepe de Ribera, Peter Paul Rubens, Bartholomaeus Spranger, Karel Škréta, Simon Vouet, Michael Leopold Willmann and others).

Staří Mistři II (Šternberský palác)

The first-floor exhibition halls further house the famous works of 14th – 16th-century art that come from the Konopište Castle collection of Archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este. It contains the works of older Tuscan masters (B. Daddi, Lorenzo Monaco), the works of the Venetian school (Vivarini workshop), and the masterpieces of Florentine Mannerism (A. Bronzino, A. Allori).

The second floor of the palace hosts an exhibition of the works of Italian, Spanish, French, and Netherlandish masters from the 16th to the 18th century, such as Tintoretto, Ribera, Tiepolo, El Greco, Goya, Rubens, and van Dyck.


Středověké umění v Čechách a střední Evropa 1200-1550 (Convent of St. Agnes)

Not many people know about this hidden gem. Housed within one of the city’s oldest gothic buildings, this gallery offers a well-thought-out tour of medieval and early renaissance Czech art.

There is also an exhibition on the architectural history of the building itself and in the convent’s gardens you will find a sculpture tour, containing contemporary pieces by leading Czech artists.


Veletržní palác

This huge building currently contains 5 temporary and 2 permanent exhibitions and is a must-visit for connoisseurs of modern art. You can take a stroll through the development of Czech art from the mid-19th century to modern day.

You can also explore the international art scene of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. This collection contains work by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Pablo Picasso amongst others.  Some of the temporary exhibits are a bit more eccentric but there really is something for everybody in this massive 4 story building.

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