After visiting the Toy Museum in Prague Castle, I stopped inside the Lobkowicz Palace, also a museum of historical Czech and European artifacts collected by the titular old Czech family. I walked past the entrance maybe three times, debating whether to go in (tight on cash), but I was swayed because I was so curious, and eventually went in.
The tour was lush and historical, and the audio-guide (narrated by English-speaking current heir to the family name) was interesting and informational (and interspersed with the beautiful “Vltava” composition by Czech Bedrich Smetana).
After leaving Prague Castle, I headed out into New Town to see the Slav Epic by Mucha, with my roommate. We hadn’t seen it yet and because it’s so easy to find and see, we figured we must!
These paintings take up an entire cavernous space in an art museum, and depict the history of the Slavic people (of which the Czechs belong). These paintings were truly amazing and the size just cannot be felt until you’re standing in front of them. I included a photo of my roommate standing in front of a photo so you can get a feel for scale.
My favorite paintings included the effect of layers and dimensions in space, like the first photo here. You can see the person standing “in front of” the rest of the picture. Additionally, we were given a brochure which explains in detail what each painting depicts and what each image individually symbolizes (there is a lot of symbolism!)
The final painting, the last photo, is the brightest and most triumphant. I loved all the paintings, and I’d consider seeing the Slav Epic a must-see. It doesn’t take too much of your time, and it will definitely enrich your cultural experience.