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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

​Czech life. Slovak Life. American life. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) inspires people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library is a cultural icon and the only national museum for Czechs and Slovaks. The red roof is a beacon in Cedar Rapids that invites people of all backgrounds to visit. 

Permanently on display, the exhibit Faces of Freedom: the Czech & Slovak Journey takes you on an extraordinary trip through the World Wars, life under Communism and the pursuit of a better life in America. Featuring a real Tatra car like those used by the Soviet secret police, an extensive collection of traditional kroje folk costumes, and interactive environments, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library has something for everyone.

Temporary exhibits change throughout the year. During the summer of 2020, see the following exhbits:

Through 9/7/2020: Czech Heroines: Prominent Czech Women Past and Present. An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women, this exhibit honors the rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. 

Through 9/25/2020: Artists as Activists. Features artists who are responding to political oppression through their work, many of whom have never been on display in Iowa.

Through 10/25/2020: A Century of Robots: From Čapek to Now. The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Karel Čapek’s play, R.U.R., in 2020. R.U.R., which stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots, introduced the word robot. 

In addition the NCSML hosts over 100 programs each year, including many family-friendly activities. Visit to stay updated!

1400 Inspiration Place, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Open: Mon-Sat: 9:30am-4pm; Sun: Noon-4pm

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