Prague National Museum
The old building of the National Museum is undoubtedly one of the most famous and most frequently photographed Prague monuments. The structure became known worldwide in 1968, when photos of its bullet-riddled façade appeared on the front pages of newspapers and magazines across the globe. Today, the National Museum is still a prominent landmark in Wenceslas Square, fronted by a majestic equestrian statue of St. Wenceslas.
Just a couple steps from the hotel, the National Museum is comprised of two buildings – the main building, which dates from the end of the 19th century, and the new building, which became part of the National Museum in 2009. Previously, the new building was the seat of Radio Free Europe and, during the Communist era, the seat of Parliament.
The original National Museum building was constructed in a Neo-Renaissance style by the architect Josef Schultz and is one of the largest museums in the Czech Republic today. In the past, the building served as an important symbol of the Czech nation and the Czech national renaissance. Unfortunately, the museum is currently closed for reconstruction.