Tucked away behind the grand façade of the Baroque Villa Amerika, which was designed by Czech architect Kilián Ignác Dietzenhofer and completed in the early 18th century, the Antonín Dvořák Museum is dedicated to the life and times of the revered Czech composer, whose most famous works include his ‘New World’ Symphony and Slavonic Dances. Run under the auspices of Prague’s National Museum (Národní muzeum), the tribute to Dvořák (1841–1904) first opened at Villa Amerika in 1932.
Surrounded by neat gardens filled with statuary, the museum holds a collection of the composer’s scores, correspondence and annotated manuscripts as well as posters, photos and several of his instruments, including a viola and piano. Between May and October a regular schedule of concerts and lectures are held in its ornate Great Hall, which has walls and ceilings smothered with 18th-century frescoes of classical scenes by Jan Ferdinand Schor.
The museum is open Tue–Sun 10am–1:30pm, 2pm–5pm. Admission for adults is CZK 50; seniors, students & children are CZK 30 and family tickets are CZK 90. Admission is also free with the Prague Welcome Card. To visit via public transportation, take Metro Line C to IP Pavlova, or tram 4, 6, 10, 22 or 23, stop IP Pavlova or Štěpánská.