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National Museum (Národní muzeum), Prague

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Contact: +420 2 2449 7111
Open Hours: Mo to Su from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
One of the city's most familiar sights, this massive Neo-Renaissance construction overlooks the town from the top end of Wenceslas Square . Soviet troops fired on the museum as they occupied Prague in August 1968. The interior is fairly dramatic: a grand staircase sweeps up to the Pantheon, a hall filled with busts of Czech cultural heroes. The exhibits are old-fashioned, focusing on fossils, stuffed animals, minerals and archaeological finds. The visiting hours vary seasonally; for specific timings check the website or call ahead. The museum will be closed for renovation from July 8, 2011, and will open again in 2015.