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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

Connecting People to Czech and Slovak History & 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 history and culture through innovative experiences and interactive exhibits. Universal themes of freedom, democracy, and immigration are likewise celebrated.

A National Smithsonian Affiliate, this stately museum on the banks of the Cedar River is an iconic landmark of strength and resiliency. Guests can explore the permanent exhibit, Faces of Freedom, and an authentic immigrant home from the 1890s. NCSML also offers several events and programs throughout the year such as an online cooking series, author visits, walking tours, community programs and four temporary exhibit spaces that are updated regularly with new and exciting displays. 

The Skala Bartizal Library actively collects materials that document Czech and Slovak history and culture within both European and American contexts. 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 (with advance booking).Experience the NCSML’s commitment to lifelong learning, community building and cross-cultural connections through year-long programming full of experience, history, creativity and fun!\

In the spring, discover Magic and Mystery: Mardi Gras and Carnival Traditions, an Egg Decorating Masterclass and performances by Janara Kellerman and Jana Sibera. Summer will feature rotating exhibit openings including Moravian Painting and walking tours of Czech Village and New Bohemia. BrewNost, NCSML’s autumn staple, is the Midwest’s premier international beer festival featuring food and beverages from some of the area’s finest restaurants, local breweries and distilleries, along with international beers, wine, and spirits. And winter brings the return of the Old World Christmas Market! Enjoy free admission for holiday crafts, artisans’ market, live performances, and the hugely popular cookie walk!

2023 HIGHLIGHTS

SPRING

  • Magic and Mystery: Mardi Gras and Carnival Traditions Celebration
  • Dvorak’s Roma Songs performed by Soprano Janara Kellerman
  • Concert by Jana Sibera, Soloist of the National Theater in Prague
  • Egg Decorating with Master Czech-American Folk Artist, Marj Nejdl

SUMMER

  • Moravian Painting Exhibit
  • Walking Tours of Czech Village and New Bohemia

FALL

  • Czech Instrumental Ensemble
  • BrewNost

WINTER

  • Old World Christmas Market

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Place, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-362-8500
ncsml.org

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