The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library – Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the nation’s foremost institution interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture, officially dedicated in 1995 by presidents of the United States, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.
Museum collections and library holdings total more than 30,000 items. The museum and library are still actively accepting donations of artifacts, costumes, art objects, books, periodicals and other items related to Czech and Slovak culture and history.
The NCSML has a formal Agreement of Cooperation with the Czech National Museum, Prague for exchange of artifacts, exhibits and expertise.
The permanent exhibit, Homelands: The Story of the Czech & Slovak People tells the story of the Czech and Slovak people from the days of Slavic tribes entering Central Europe through the Velvet Divorce, which separated Czechoslovakia into two distinct countries in 1993.
Homelands includes fine and folk art, a stunning folk costume section, maps, military information, glassware, ceramics, a 19th century printing press, and a fully restored 19th century immigrant home.
There are lectures, events and lessons to be learned at the museum.
Hours: May 1 – Oct. 31: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 – April 30: Closed Mondays
Admission: Free to members. For nonmembers, $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors (65 and over), $2.00 for children ages 5-16. Children under 5 admitted free. Children free with family group on Sundays.
Location: In the Czech Village at 30 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids
Directions: Follow the brown Czech/Slovak Museum signs from I-380 (Wilson Avenue exit).