The National Gallery Prague is one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic, and administers the republic's largest collection of fine art. Its history began in 1796 when a group of patriotic Czech noblemen and educated citizens decided to heighten the local inhabitants' esthetic appreciation of art, and thus founded the Academy of Fine Arts as well as a picture gallery accessible to the general public which was the direct predecessor of today's National Gallery. In the National Gallery collections you will find Czech art from the Middle Ages up to the present day, as well as artifacts from the ancient Greek and Roman periods. Its buildings are accessible to the public and include the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia with its exhibitions of medieval and early Renaissance art, the Sternberg Palace exhibiting European art from antiquity until the Baroque period, the Schwarzenberg Palace focusing on Baroque art, the Kinsky Palace dedicated to short-term exhibitions, and the Trade Fair Palace displaying art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, and others. The buildings of the National Gallery Prague, which are often unique architectural gems in and of themselves, and their permanent exhibitions, are presented individually here. Besides descriptions of the permanent exhibitions, you will find complete contact information and maps in each building's description, as well as professional photographs to give you an idea of what you will see in each of these renowned Prague art galleries.

Sternberg Palace

The National Gallery's special collection of European art from the Classical era till the end of the Baroque period is housed in the Baroque Sternberg Palace, just off of Hradčanské Náměstí in Prague's Castle District. Similar to the Troja Chateau, this important Baroque monument was built for Count Václav Vojtěch of Sternberg and his wife. On the...

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Trade Fair Palace

The Trade Fair Palace, located in Prague's Holešovice district, was one of the first and largest Functionalist buildings in Prague. This iconic cultural monument is now home to the National Gallery's permanent exhibition of works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The main focus of the collections of the National Gallery in the Trade Fair Pal...

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Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia

The exhibition of Medieval and early Renaissance art in Bohemia and Central Europe is on permanent display in the first convent located north of the Alps of the Order of Saint Clare, also known as the Order of Poor Ladies or the Poor Clares. This Prague convent was founded by the famous Bohemian Saint and Princess Agnes of the Premyslid dynasty, th...

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Schwarzenberg Palace

If you are interested in Baroque art, you should not miss a visit to the incredible Schwarzenberg Palace, located on Hradčanské Náměstí in Prague. This beautiful Renaissance building houses a permanent exhibition of the National Gallery Prague called Baroque in Bohemia. Across the three floors, you can see 160 sculptures and 280 other artifacts of...

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Salm Palace

The Salm Palace on Hradčanské Square was originally built as a luxury apartment building between 1800 and 1811. This Neoclassicist palace was built by the Prague archbishop William Florentan, the Prince of Sal-Salm, on the site of several smaller aristocratic residences. The Salm Palace is connected with the neighboring Schwarzenberg Palace and som...

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Kinský Palace

In the heart of Prague, directly on Old Town Square, stands the Kinský Palace – an extraordinarily elegant Rococo building that faces the Jan Hus Memorial. Behind its inviting pink façade, you will find something even more enticing because this palace belongs to the National Gallery Prague. The Gallery uses it primarily for short-term exhibits of c...

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Waldstein Riding School

The National Gallery Prague has been renting the Waldstein Riding School from the Senate Chancellery since 1996 and has held numerous successful international exhibitions over the years. The early Baroque Waldstein Riding School, located in the garden of the palace complex, was built by Albrecht von Waldstein according to architectural designs by t...

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