Museum of Dvorák (Muzeum Antonína Dvoráka)

Museum of Dvorák (Muzeum Antonína Dvoráka) (53)

In the New Town you will find a lovely Baroque villa that at one time was a small summer palace of the Michna of Vacínov family. Today it is better known as Villa Amerika, the popular name given to it by a nearby guesthouse called Amerika. But it is even better-known for being the home of the museum dedicated to the Czech composer Antonín Dvorák.

Experts point out that this property is a veritable jewel of Prague civil Baroque. It was built in 1717 by the architect Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer for the Míchna family as a summer residence. It is dominated by red and ochre. The house has two storeys with an iron fence, a replica of the original, and its garden is beautifully decorated with statues and earthenware jars. They were made by Antonín Braun in 1735 and later restored.

The inside of the villa has also been largely restored until acquiring the appearance you see before you today. The main hall, which is often used as a concert hall, was decorated with the frescos by Ferdinand Schor in 1720.

Since 1932 this elegant small palace has been the home of the Dvorák Museum, thus paying a much-deserved homage to one of the most important Czech composers of all times.

It would be quite impossible for a city so much impassioned by music to forget the figure of Antonín Dvorák, born in 1841 in Nelahozeves, to the north of Prague. His compositions, written during the second half of the 19th century, express with great strength the notes of Czech national music with universal touches.

Scholars highlight Dvorák as one of the great authors of symphonic art and chamber music. In fact, one of his most famous compositions is called “New World Symphony”. It premiered in the 1896 in the Rudolfinum hall and the best of its rooms also bears the name of Dvorák.

As in the majority of museums dedicated to the figure of a single author, on exhibit are letters, personal objects and photographs from his public and private life. You can also see if you come here, original scores and instruments used by the composer himself, such as his viola and piano.

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