Náprstek Museum presents an extensive collection of objects connected to various ethnicities outside of Europe and if you feel like walking through history of cultures far away from the Slavic culture, this is the right place for you to be.
Founded in the second half of the 19th century by Vojta Náprstek, who decided to establish an industrial museum in Prague in order to initiate the progress of the at the time underdeveloped Czech industry. However, since Vojta Náprstek, apart from many other activities, was a major sponsor of Czech travellers, the museum gradually turned into an ethnographic one. He collected exhibits from the travellers and being a traveller himself also gathered large amounts of items from his own journeys.
The museum showcases the native cultures of the North and South Americas, focusing on archaeological relics of prehistoric and ancient cultures, ethnographical and art objects of native origin from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the cultures of Australia and Oceania. Although only a small part is exhibited in the main museum building, it will take you some time to walk round the collections of the American and Australian artifacts.
The collections also exhibit a wide range of subjects such as coins, historical photographs, stereoscopic pictures, graphic art, books of press-cutting etc.; these items being exhibited at temporary exhibitions that the Museum often organizes.