After an interminable two years, the time has come. The largest museum dedicated to applied art and design has been through some extensive refurbishment and will open its doors once again in mid-November, to welcome its appreciative visitors.
What can you look forward to? The restful garden will be completely accessible for the first time; the museum shop will be showing off its new décor, there will be a new restaurant, and the exhibition space will include the third floor (previously out of bounds).
Among the first exhibitions:
- The Century of design and decorative arts, dedicated to 20th-century design;
- in March 2018 there will be an exhibition featuring the works one of the most highly regarded among Czech photographers, Josef Koudelka.
The Museum of Decorative Arts was erected at the very end of the 1800s and houses a wonderful collection of all things decorative from the Renaissance to the mid 19th century including glass, furniture, textiles, jewelry, watches, clocks and more. Josef Schulz, the same architect who designed the reconstruction of the National Theater in Prague and was the co-author of the Rudolfinum, designed the attractive Historicist building.
The museum houses its permanent collection on the two floors as well as interesting temporary exhibitions. The lower level features a gift shop with art and architecture publications, jewelry reproductions, postcards and more.