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Connecting People to Czech and Slovak History and Culture

Connecting People to Czech and Slovak History and Culture

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year from across the country and around the world, to learn about and celebrate Czech & Slovak culture through innovative experiences and interactive exhibits. 

A National Smithsonian Affiliate, the stately museum with the red roof on the bank of the Cedar River is an iconic landmark of strength and resiliency. Museum guests can explore permanent exhibits including Faces of Freedom and an authentic immigrant home from the 1890s, along with other exhibits throughout the year. 

The Skala Bartizal Library actively collects materials that document Czech and Slovak history and culture within both European and American contexts. The main languages of the collection are English, Czech and Slovak. The library attracts scholars and authors, as well as Czech- and Slovak-Americans looking to research their family heritage. Library staff is available to assist visitors with both quick questions and substantial research projects. For on-site research assistance with librarians, it is recommended that appointments be booked at least two business days in advance.

Your Next Event

NCSML is a premier space for big and small events in Eastern Iowa, facilitating company meetings, cocktail receptions, weddings, and more. Facility features include colorful, elegant interiors; beautiful areas for photos and videography; A/V equipment and internet access; and complimentary indoor and outdoor parking. Rental spaces include big halls and a terrace that can accommodate hundreds, and a state-of-the-art 51-seat theater for presentations and film screenings. Service options include a full-service bar with bartenders as well as wedding party dressing rooms. The NCSML works with popular local caterers and can help arrange culinary options with a Czech & Slovak flair!

What's in Store

The NCSML’s Store is as expertly curated as its exhibitions and library archives. Named the National Store of the Year by the Museum Store Association in 2020, the unique shop is a direct link to Czech & Slovak culture. The store features hand-made folk art collectibles, glass ornaments and classic garnet jewelry. The wide selection of books includes biographies of famous personalities of Slovak and Czech decent, and cookbooks showcasing koláč, goulash and other favorite recipes. You’ll find puppets, games, books for children, and much more. Of course, any of the specially-made items like Bratislava Blend Coffee and limited-edition ornaments by Marj Nejdl are accessible for purchase from the store’s website.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Place SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
(319) 362-8500

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