The Collections of the National Gallery

The National Gallery displays its wonderful collection of art dating from medieval times to the 21st century in eight unique locations, locations ranging from old renovated palaces and convents to functionalist buildings. Each house showcases an extensive priceless permanent collection, displayed to enhance the Czech and Central European culture through beautiful visual aids. The history of the Czech National Gallery started in 1796 when a group of Czech nobles and middle class intellectuals, titled The Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, were determined to heighten the disintegrated appreciation of ascetics in the local community. The Society established the Academy of Fine Arts and the first public picture gallery. The first picture gallery has grown extensively and matured over centuries to become the National Gallery, which still follows the original mission of the founders, to elevate the spirit and appreciation of the nation through visual works of Art. Please see the permanent exhibitions of the National Gallery listed below; all of the reviews are complete with gallery descriptions, photographs, contact information and maps.  

  • Prague Functionalist Architecture | Veletrzni Palace Exterior Veletrzni Palace - National Gallery

    Prague has first-rate museums dedicated to Medieval and Classical art, but what about the more controversial Modern art? No need to worry; the city of Prague has various Modern art and Postmodern installations, private gallery openings and fine museums to feed your need of the Modern. Just take a look around as you stroll through this lovely city, even certain areas covered in colorful graffiti scream Modern art. The Veletrzni Palace, part of the National Gallery of Prague, was once...

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  • Schwarzenberg Palace - National Gallery Schwarzenberg Palace - National Gallery

    Located inside the beautifully renovated Schwarzenberg Palace, a true Renaissance gem; is the permanent exhibition of Baroque in Bohemia. With three floors covering the Movement, this palace contains priceless Czech resources, knowledge and history. The lower level is dedicated to Baroque sculpture and intricate sketch designs for monumental altarpieces. Among some of the sculptors highlighted are Johann George Brendl, Ferdinand Maximilian Brokof, Matthias Bernhard Braun, Ignaz Franz Platzer and Karl Joseph Hiernle. As you make your way to the first...

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  • Sternberg Palace | National Gallery Sternberg Palace - National Gallery

    The National Gallery displays its wonderful collection of art dating from medieval times to the 21st century in eight unique locations, locations ranging from old renovated palaces and convents, to functionalist buildings. Each house showcases an extensive priceless permanent collection, displayed to enhance the Czech and Central European culture through beautiful visual aids. The history of the Czech National Gallery started in 1796 when a group of Czech nobles and middle class intellectuals, titled The Society of Patriotic Friends of...

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  • Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia | Night View Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia - National Gallery

    Founded by Princess Agnes of the Premyslid dynasty in 1231, the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is the oldest Gothic building in Prague and was used by the Order of Saint Clare, also known as the Order of Poor Ladies (the second Franciscan order established, founded by St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi in 1212). This wondrous Gothic structure narrowly escaped demolition in the 19th century when historic synagogues and homes were destroyed in the Old Town and...

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  • Salmovský Palace | Prague Salmovský Palace - National Gallery

    The recently reconstructed Classicist Salmovský Palace together with the adjoining Schwarzenberg Palace at Hradčanské Náměstí are part of the National Gallery in Prague. Salmovský Palace was built between 1800 and 1811 on the site of several smaller aristocratic residences by the Prague archbishop William Florentan, the Prince of Sal-Salm. In 2004 the palace became part of Prague's National Gallery. During a reconstruction based on the project by the Spanish architect Josep Llouís Mateo an entrance hall between the two palaces...

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  • Kinský Palace | National Gallery in Prague Kinsky Palace - National Gallery

    The Rococo Kinsky Palace was built between 1755 and 1765 on the site of three existing buildings with medieval foundations that have been preserved in the cellars of the palace. In the 1830s the palace was expanded by one more building and was remodeled in the Classicist style. In the Kinsky Palace you will find the permanent exhibition of the Art of Asia and the medieval Mediterranean created by the National Gallery in cooperation with the National Museum. This extensive...

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  • Wallenstein Riding School | National Gallery Wallenstein Riding School

    The Wallenstein Riding School in Prague's Lesser Town hosts interesting short-term exhibitions held by the National Gallery in Prague. It was built between 1623 and 1630 when Albrecht of Wallenstein commissioned two Italian architects Andrea Spezza and Nicolo Sebregondi with the structure. Together with the riding school also the Wallenstein Palace and the garden of the same name were built. The early Baroque riding school served to its original purpose until the end of the 19th century. After World War...

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