My 10 Favourite
Prague Dime Museums
Even with little on
the amusement park front Prague is still one of my favourite
European cities to visit. When I visited this past summer I thought
I'd end up with a small report of the Lunapark funfair, with a link
facebook album for anyone who wanted to see all the sightseeing.
Trouble was, that despite visiting on a Saturday in July the funfair
area of the park was completely dead, with no rides going. I don't
like questioning how a park can even still be going, but I couldn't
help it after that.
It was a few months later that I had the idea to do a compilation
looking at all the Dime Museum style attractions I've done in
Prague. For the record I don't consider this a comprehensive list.
Thanks to it's popularity as a tourist destination Prague has a load
of entertainment based museum attractions, I know of at least
another 5 I could have done had I had more time. If your wondering
where an attraction you've done is, it's probably one of them. Based
on what I've done though, here are my 10 personal favourite.
10) Mirror Maze and Kaleidoscopic Cinema
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being at the bottom of the list is more a reflection of it being a
small 5 to 10 minute attraction, rather than a direct reflection of
it's quality. That said it's very cheap to get in to, so is still
worth a go unless your seriously pushed for time or money.
It's on the site of what
to be Prague Wax Museum, and combines one of it's old attractions in
the form of the Kaleidoscopic Cinema, and a new one in a large hall
of mirrors. The fun house mirrors
mirror labyrinth are decent examples, although the decoration is a
little plain. It's a nice distraction for a few minutes.
The cinema is a large screen at the end of a tunnel of mirrors, that
create a Kaleidoscopic effect, caused by the reflections around the
screen. It's such a simple, but effective effect you wonder why more
places haven't created something like this. Sadly the film is just a
compilation of travelogue footage, which isn't bad, but isn't likely
to hold your attention for that long, but it's still enough to
justify paying the cheap entrance price for a quick visit.
9) Madame Tussauds Prague
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was tempted to put this a spot lower, although this is slightly
better than the above brief 10 minute attraction, it feels more
deserving of being ranked at the bottom. I mentioned the old Prague
wax museum above. I wasn't disappointed to see it gone. Apart from
the Kaleidoscopic cinema it only had one other part, a room of
and war leaders from history. The rest was a collection of low
quality, shabby, dated waxworks.
When I found a pamphlet with the Madame Tussauds name on it I
expected a big improvement. Instead I got the same shabby models
relocated to a new location, with the Madame Tussauds name stuck
above the door. They have added a small number of new models in one
new area of the museum, but apart from that there's no improvement.
In their defence it is described that way on the official website,
but that's not something your likely to stop and
check if you see the museum on The Old Town Square.
If I'd known in advance I would have skipped this instead of the
chocolate experience located nearby. As it stands this is far from
the quality I'd expect from something with the Madame Tussauds name
linked to it. It needs pretty much a complete overhaul before it
would be a place I would recommend over any other attraction.
8) Mirror Maze on Petrin Hill
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and the observation tower have been on my to do list on several
visits to Prague, but the limited opening hours outside the summer
season have always stopped me. As you might have gathered it's
another mirror maze, although this one is much better in terms
of decoration, making it feel like an attraction in it's own right.
Overall it's a pretty nice attraction, and a combination ticket
doing this and the observation tower is a nice way to spend a couple
of hours. There are 2 issues to mention though. The ticket prices
are a little pricey (by Prague standards) for what you get, but not
enough to put
me off in a big way. The other issue is these attractions are a
little out of the way. There's no metro station nearby, and it's a
20/30 minute walk from the next nearest tourist area, the Prague
Castle area. If I had limited time this would be one of the first
things I would skip, given the time and effort it takes, but if this
wasn't an issue I'd pay it a visit.
7) Museum of Medieval Torture
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were 2 different torture museums I saw in Prague. One just off the
Old Town Square, and one amongst a small shopping arcade next to the
Old Town side tower of the Charles Bridge, which is the one I
visited. I'm not sure if both are owned by the same people, or if
the Old Town Square is a rival copying this one.
is one of the oldest museums here, operating here, or it's old
location in the Little Quarter, alongside a sadly closed exotic
animal exhibition, for over a decade.
age shows a little in the fact there's little in the way of theming
or decoration, mostly being set in white walled rooms. This doesn't
detract from the exhibits though. There's a large collection of
macabre, horrific looking devices, accompanied by some well written
informative information panels. It shows some very interesting
aspects of the darker side of history, it might be a little to
macabre for some, but for everyone else it's a great attraction well
6) Toy Museum
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down the far end of Prague Castle is one of several toy based
museums in Prague. There's 2 more later on in this list, and another
one not suitable for a family audience. This one is based around
traditional vintage toys. The museum is set over a number of floors,
and divided into a number of sections, with areas dedicated to
dolls, teddy bears and even a whole section dedicated to different
lacks some of the fun factor, presented in a more serious manor than
other museums. There is plenty of interesting stuff to see though.
It's also one of the most extensive collections of any museum on
there's bound to be a few items that will catch your interest. I
reckon I'm less likely to do repeat visits here than some other
museums on this list, although that's partly because there's a lot
of other stuff to do when you make your way up to the Prague Castle
area. It's definitely I'd recommend going to see at least once
5) The Lego Museum
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you didn't know about this place you could walk past this place and
think it's just a toy shop, the main thing you see walking past is
the museums Lego based gift shop, (yes, I've heard of the Lego shop)
I got my nephew a Lego bat mobile.
Once you've paid the entrance, and for an annoying
licence if you want to take photos, you can head downstairs to the
museum. The first room is the largest area of the museum. In the
centre is a large display with various Lego kit models from
different eras combined to create a large Lego town, complete with
police station, a basketball
court and a model train going around
perimeter. Around that are lots of cabinets displaying different
collections of Lego.
The themed cabinets continue throughout with areas dedicated to
Pirate, Medieval and Space Lego. There's also more unusual displays
like Lego advent calendars and ranges of old Lego, including
the old Fabuland range, that resulted in me laughing at an in joke
no-one else got while watching the Lego movie.
Sadly the rest of the museum is a little cramped compared
to the first room. This means no more large displays, and makes
viewing some of them a little awkward. The labelling isn't that good
either, with limited information on the models,
and it's not always clear which label applies to which model.
These issues stop it ranking a little higher on the list, but
aren't enough to put me off the place. I had great pleasure in
seeing the hundreds of Lego models (literally) assembled here,
including both memories of my own childhood and cool models I'd
never seen before. This is definitely a place I'll be revisiting on
future visits to Prague.
4) Prague Aquarium
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I first visited here it was a real surprise. I wasn't expecting much
from a small independent aquarium, located outside the main city
centre in the Stromovka leisure park. Inside it's a nicely themed
aquarium with a good selection of displays. It lacks the large tanks
of larger aquariums, but you don't really miss them
much, as there is still a great range of stuff here.
If it was in the City centre this would be something I'd almost
always do on a visit to Prague. Given it's more out of the way
location, it's an attraction
a lot less likely to plan for, especially considering there are a
lot of other great aquariums I can visit without travelling so far.
However this could easily be combined with a visit to Prague Zoo, or
if your visiting Stromovka park for some other reason (in the hope
some of the Lunapark funfair rides will be operating) you should
definitely pop in here.
3) The Alchemy Museum
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like the Lego Museum, you could easily walk past this and not
realise it's here.
the street it's a quirky gift shop selling replicas of the tonics
and medicines alchemists used to sell, following the original
recipes as closely as possible.
If you go in and buy a ticket though your taken on a guided tour out
back. You start in an incredibly detailed replica of an alchemists
study, with old desk, book cases and lots of the assorted perihelia.
It's so good that if I walked into a location like this at a Disney
park it wouldn't' feel below standard.
there you head down some steps into part of Prague's huge number of
old underground tunnels. Apparently the tunnels go from where you
are, all the way to the castle, but you'll only explore a relatively
small section here. The chance to see some of these tunnels on it's
this worth doing, but when you include several replicas of the
places alchemists used to work it becomes a must see location.
My only minor niggle is that some of the talks given by the guide
were a little flat, but to be fair a lot of this seemed linked to
the fact English wasn't his first language.
kept things concise enough to stop this becoming a real issue, and
the chances are you'll mostly be concentrating on the scenery
This place is a little off the main tourist areas. The best time to
plan a visit would be combining a visit here with a trip to the
Jewish Quarter, as it's only a short walk to some of the attractions
there. Whatever my plan, this is a must do for me on a trip to
2) Kralovstvi Zeleznic
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I booked my trip to Prague my original choice of hotel was fully
booked, and the next best option in my price range was outside the
main City centre in the Andel area. Turns out this wasn't a bad
thing because despite receiving almost no mention in any of the
guide books Andel is a nice area with a good range of
shops, pubs and restaurants, (there's
even one with it's own bowling alley) it
doesn't hold the appeal
of the main central areas of Prague but I'm still surprised it's
mentioned in the guide books. Even if I don't stay in the area
again, I'd still probably pay a visit to the area at some point.
reason I'd definitely pop over is it's the location of this place.
It's a giant miniature railway with working vehicles
representations of famous sites from around
Prague and the rest of the Czech Republic. Another
nice feature is
the number of lights on the vehicles and buildings. Every 10 minutes
or so the lights above the models dim, so you can see what the model
world looks like
The majority of the attraction is dedicated to a traditional
but there are other areas including a large area
where everything's made of Lego, displays of Victorian dolls, Brio
style trains, K'nex and a large collection of play mobile like
this is a great place. An obvious place to take the kids, but it's
so well done that adults will enjoy it too. Don't be put off by the
fact it's a few metro stops outside the main city centre, it's well
worth making the trip to see this.
1) Grevin Wax Museum
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was a place I hadn't even heard of until I walked past it. Luckily
it's not that hard to miss, being a large building on the main road
between Powder Gate and the Old Town Square. It describes itself as
a wax museum, but the main attractions isn't necessarily the wax
figures. Instead you walk through a number of themed environments
theatres, magic laboratories
and old park cafes. These come with various appropriate figures which all add interest to the
the environments are great, themed to a very high quality.
There's also an interactive area, where you learn a little about the
creation of wax figures, while designing one of yourself. Sadly the
end result looks like your face badly photo-shopped on a computer
Towards the end it feels a little more traditional. The
continue, but there's more emphasis on the
figures. All the figures were of a decent quality, although I didn't
feel there were enough of them to make things as good as they could
be. It didn't help
that a lot of the celebrities weren't instantly
recognisable. There was one moment when I thought I spotted a bad
Meatloaf figure, turns out it was Gérard Depardieu.
The most popular figure when I went was John Lennon,
didn't get a photo with it as I already had a photo of myself with
all the Beatles from Madrid Wax Museum. Only afterwards did it occur
to me that's a sentence no-one else
will ever say.
Overall this is a great attraction, providing some great fun and
entertainment. Given it's location on one of the main tourist
thoroughfares this is a must do on a visit to Prague.