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Main Building

Main Building

The Neo-Renaissance building of the Museum of West Bohemia was built in the years 1896 -1899 by Josef Škorpil’s design. Today, it is among the most beautiful dominants of the historical centre of Pilsen. The building houses four standing expositions, two exhibition halls, and a library.

If you are looking for a room for your company presentation, concert or lecture, you can rent our lecture hall equipped with a concert grand piano, darkening roller shades, a data projector, and a projection screen.

The Museum’s café offers a pleasant atmosphere for enjoying a tasty coffee.

Publications and souvenirs are sold in the cloakroom.

What you can see in our museum

All-year-round expositions:

Short- and medium-term exhibitions all year round (see the Current Events)

Points of interest and unique objects

  • The preserved masonry of the original town walls
  • Panoramic painting “The Capture of Pilsen by Ernst Mansfeld in 1618”
  • A working exhibit of Křižík’s arc lamp
  • The biggest find of a lycopod 
  • The central staircase with a rich stucco decoration (by Celda Klouček)
  • High stained-glass windows
  • A large relief titled “The Girls’ War” (by Vojtěch Šaff)
  • The exhibition hall with a high glazed ceiling
  • Lunettes painted by Augustin Němejc 
  • Stone portals from the demolished houses of Pilsen
  • The interconnecting corridor with glazed domes
  • The original designs of stained-glass windows for St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral


Wheelchair access

The Museum’s building is equipped with access ramps and an elevator to make all the exhibition rooms accessible for disabled visitors. The elevator is only intended for disabled visitors with their escorts and may only be operated by a trained employee. We thank you for your understanding.

Disabled parking

Vehicle parking in front of the main entrance is only possible for the time absolutely necessary to get out of the vehicle. The Museum has no reserved disabled parking places.

Before visiting the Museum

All bulky items of luggage, prams and coats must be put in the cloakroom before entering the exhibition rooms. The attended cloakroom can be found a couple of metres from the ticket office on the ground floor of the museum. The cloakroom is free of charge for all museum visitors.

Entry with a pram

It is not allowed to enter the museum’s exhibition rooms with a pram. Prams can be put in the cloakroom on the ground floor of the museum. We thank you for your understanding.

Tasking photographs in the museum

Taking photographs in the exhibition and public rooms of the museum is only possible without using a tripod and external flash. Professional photographers can use tripods and external flashes after a previous agreement, being usually charged to the valid price list.

Mobile phones

Using mobile phones is forbidden in all the exhibition rooms of the museum. We thank you for being considerate to the other visitors.


Další informace

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    Address / Contact

    Západočeské muzeum v Plzni
    Kopeckého sady 2
    301 00 Plzeň

    Box office: (+420) 378 370 111 
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    Opening hours / Entrance fee

    Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

    Monday is a closing time 
    (except for the national holidays)

    Wheelchair access: Yes

    Václav Marian
    Karel Funda