Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Statehood

permanent exhibition

in short

This long – term exhibition called “Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Statehood” captures the important milestones in our 20th century history, which saw remarkable changes in statehood and in the ideological views of the state.
Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Statehood
© National Museum

Visitor entrance

National Memorial on the Vítkov Hill
U Památníku 1900
13000 Prague
Czech Republic 

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Národní památník na Vítkově

in detail

The exhibition focuses on five important milestones:
  • the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918
  • the period of the Munich Agreement in 1938 and dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1939
  • the re-establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1945 and the communist coup d’état three years later
  • the establishment of the Czechoslovak federation in 1968
  • the fall of communism in 1989

The architectural design of the exhibition tries to work in harmony with the historical premises of the Memorial. The section on the founding of Czechoslovakia is situated in the Central Hall, and incorporates reliefs of the Czechoslovak legionaries by Pokorný and the Chapel to Soldiers Killed in the War.

The other crossroads are placed in the in-built “kaaba”, which fully respects the impressive architectural design of the Memorial. The architecture is complemented by simple graphic design and a selection of exhibited items characterising the topic and portraying some important characters, either participating in development of the statehood or stricken by it. Among these we can find the last letters by Milada Horáková and Heliodor Píka; personal belongings of Jan Palach; important state awards and orders; a presidential standard; or the first Czechoslovak law, etc. The exposition utilises also some other parts of the Memorial, such as the Columbarium, the Liberation Hall or underneath the Memorial, where, within Gottwald´s mausoleum, an exhibition on history of the Vítkov National Memorial is now situated.
Whole object: Basic 120 CZK, Reduced 80 CZK / Exposition: Basic 80 CZK, Reduced 60 CZK / View point on the roof: Basic 80 CZK, Reduced 50 CZK
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Opening Times

10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
from 1 November, 2012 to 31 March, 2013
Monday–Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday–Sunday: 10 AM–6 PM
View point on the roof: 10.30 AM–4PM

from 1 April to 31 October 2013:
Monday–Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday–Sunday: 10 AM–6 PM - The exhibition portal for Europe