PRAGUE – The Czech National Museum partially reopened its doors on Friday after a seven-year closure for a major reconstruction project costing around 1.8 billion Czech koruna ($79 million).
The museum, considered the oldest in the western region of the Czech Republic known as Bohemia and one of the most important in Prague, will showcase 200 items from its collection to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia in 1918.
“The National Museum is twice as old as our republic. 200 years of collecting items related to both nature and people,” the museum said, adding “200 years of the desire for knowledge.”
On Saturday the majestic building will be lit up in a show organizer are calling, “The Witness to the History.”
The museum was founded in 1818 and its neo-Renaissance building by architect Josef Schulz first opened in 1891.
The iconic building on the capital’s Wenceslas Square was designed to house a scientific and historical collection and was severely damaged during World War II and again in a Soviet military attack in 1968.
This is the first major refurbishment since the museum was built.
The museum said it was set to formally open its doors to the public in the course of 2019 and 2020.