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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library


"Vitáme Vás! We welcome our friends and visitors from around the world. From age 8 to 80, we offer outstanding exhibits, innovative programs, and creative events. We tell the story of immigration, family, heritage, and culture." - Jim Miller, NCSML Vice President

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 banks 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 rotating exhibits that change throughout the year. Special events and programming correspond with the exhibits bringing them to life.


Faces of Freedom

Visit the replica of the steerage section of a steamer ship that brought immigrants to America. Stand in Wenceslaus Square amidst shaking keys at the height of the Velvet Revolution.
View a Tatra secret police car, an authentic JAWA motorcycle, a replicated communist watch tower, glass, porcelain and more.

Formed in Fire: The Joyce Anderson Glass Collection
Through April 11, 2021

Featuring exquisite Moser vases, enameled oak leaves and insects, and glass jewels. Amphora pottery with arts and crafts motifs. Royal Dux porcelain, formed into intricate figures and whimsical animals, is a major element of the collection. Perfume bottles, vanity glass, animal figurines, and wine sets round out the exhibit.

Treasures of Slovakia: One Thousand Years of History
Open May-December, 2021

View rare and significant artifacts on loan from the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava; many which have never left the country before. The exhibit shares Slovakia’s treasures in four parts: history, art, folk life, and nature, with each topic developed and supplemented by Slovak National Museum resources.

Stitching History from the Holocaust
Through March 21, 2021

The Holocaust brought to life through the innovative dress designs of Hedy Strnad, serving not only as a unique memorial for a lost talent, but also as a touchstone for discussion of the human cost of the Holocaust and the plight of refugee populations.

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


In 2020, the NCSML Museum Store was named National Store of the Year by the Museum Store Association. No visit is complete without stopping in to browse beautiful ornaments, unique jewelry, books, games and many other treasures.

The NCSML anchors the Czech Village, a historic neighborhood, just steps from the museum. Plan time in your visit to stroll down the avenue, stopping in the shops, restaurants and brewery.

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Place, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Open Daily except for major holidays: Mon-Sat: 9:30am-4pm; Sun: Noon-4pm

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