We had visited Prague before and missed the National Museum and vowed to visit it next time. Sadly we find it had closed since our last visit for extensive renovations, which it clearly needs. We decided to examine the whole exterior of the fine magnificent building and could see the damage that time has wrought upon it, and it was clear it had to be closed for safety reasons, and will be some years before it can be open again. There is the occasional concert inside, and it was a pity we could not go to one to experience the inside of such a magnificent edifice.
We also went to the small exhibits in the adjacent new museum. Not as extensive as you'd expect from a national collection, and I suspect many visitors could fee cheated. We saw their exhibition on lepidoptera (Butterflies) and enjoyed it and felt educated. The displays were in Czech, as expected, but there were english translation cards.
The other exhibit that I learned from, was on antibiotics in conjunction with WHO. It appears that the Czech Republic is a reservoir of antibiotic resistant pathogens due to cultural abuse of antibiotics, and as a result a public education program is needed to reduce use of antibiotics for viral infections and other inappropriate conditions, and this exhibition was part of that media campaign. As a scientifically educated visitor I found this useful and interesting.
However, I was left with the feeling that a national museum could have, perhaps, put together some other impressive exhibits, even if only in portakabin!
I'll have to return when it reopens.
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