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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

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Address: 1400 Inspiration Pl SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404-5918
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+1 319-362-8500
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Expanded 50,000 sq. ft. building opened in July 2012 with a world-class...

Expanded 50,000 sq. ft. building opened in July 2012 with a world-class exhibit "Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau" featuring 230 pieces direct from Prague and London. Two other galleries feature rotating exhibitions on the culture, art and history of Czechs and Slovaks. And don't miss the two-room 1880's Czech immigrant house that was home to five generations. See the new museum store filled with European treasures and gifts. Stroll down Czech Village and also visit the exhibition, "Rising Above: the Store of a People and the Flood" located a 87 Sixteenth Ave. SW

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Wonderful!

Really worth the visit!! An amazing gem! My husband has Slovak ancestry and so it was extra special to him.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really worth the visit!! An amazing gem! My husband has Slovak ancestry and so it was extra special to him.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Dale Chihuly exhibit was the primary reason for our visit and we were not disappointed. It was spectacular to see the evidence of blown glass artistry being pushed to its technical limits. But we were also delighted with the rest of the museum and other exhibits. We will return to spend more time at the permanent exhibit, Faces of... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got stranded in Cedar Rapids because of the weather and a Delta Airlines systems crash. So, figuring we had a few hours we visited Czech Village and the nearby museum. The Museum is an amazing building having to be moved just a few years after it was built because of a historic flood in 2008. So, seeing the determination... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Personally I like it but my kids don't share the same view, its like a museum and my kids are younger so they are more into parks etc,

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Great historical displays for Czech and Slovak, A video explains how the museum was moved to its new location after the flood.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Visited the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library back i November of 2016 with my husband (we had just married a few days prior), my sister, and her husband. This isn't my first visit, but wanted to show my husband what a great museum, and gift shop exists here in the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We loved... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

A valuable part of our neighbourhood. Informative friendly folks. Continually changing interesting exhibits

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Ames, Iowa
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

What I especially like about this museum is their expansive approach to their subject. I've seen excellent exhibits about famous Czech Americans, about Czech artists as well as about the Czech & Slovak experience in the United States.

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North Liberty, IA
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

Museum was hit by flood in 2008 and was moved to new location. There is a lovely little theatre where you can see a film about the move. The gift shop is fantastic - you can shop there without buying admission if you want to grab a gift for someone or yourself. The staff is super helpful and friendly. Free... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

I took my kids here for the first Saturday Students Get In Free deal. It was very interesting. We were there over 2 hours and still didn't get to do everything. My 7 and 8 year old want to go back, which says something for a museum. They had crafts for the kids, a storyteller, and more. If we didn't... More 

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