Malostranská beseda

Malostranská beseda a.s.
Malostranské náměstí 35/21
118 00 Praha 1

IČO: 27953921
DIČ: CZ27953921

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Malostranska beseda let us say the original Malostranska city hall is late renaissance building in Prague 1, which is situated on Malostranske square No. 21 in the center of Mala Strana. The ex-city hall serve for many years as a social and music hall. It is one of the cultural centers in Mala Strana, which was and is still located on the old Royal route and the new tourist route that leads from the Gothic Powder Tower to the magnificent Charles Bridge and then to Lesser Town Square, Malostranská Beseda has had a fortunate location for centuries, which has only added to its overwhelming popularity.

In 1257 Přemysl Otakar II. established under Prague castle "Nové město pražské" (New Town of Prague). He drove out all czech citizens and brought in german colonists. When Charles the 4th established his "Nové město" (New Town), the original one was renamed into Menší město (Smaller Town), later into Malá strana (Small Side). The representatives of the town were meeting in original Church of St. Nicolas, later they built City Hall in the middle of the square, but it was destroyed few years later. The other City Hall developed from old house, which they got from the writer Václav from Bítov. It was on Malostranska square as well. There was the City hall until 1478.

The City Hall functioned as the headquarters for 11 Concilers and the Mayor, plus provided space for the imperial magistrate and clerk to administrate and to judge civil and criminal cases, to make decisions about oprhan placement and other things. Later in 1575 the building entered history books when the so called Czech Confession, a document written by Czech non-Catholic opposition as a basis for the talks in which they required religious freedom, was written in it. After centuries as a city hall, a fiscal office, a tax archive and a political prison, the building then in 1868 became an important cultural center and offered a wide range of cultural activities. Apart from its role as a cultural center in the city of Prague Malostranska Beseda was also considered a architectural jewel.

From 2006 to December 2009 was the building of Malostranska Beseda in reconstruction. In September 2008 were after 180 years set cupolas on the 3 towers (like the originals). The look is now like in 17th century. The highest cupola is 6,5 meters high.


Come and attend the world premiere of the interactive PLAY Skylights exhibition at Malostranska bese

The PLAY Skylights exhibition is part of the international ORBIS PICTUS PLAY project, which has already been seen by more than 2,6 million people all over the world. The man behind the concept is the leading Czech artist Petr Nikl, whose achievements include designing the Czech presentation at the international EXPO 2005 exhibition in Aichi, Japan.

In Nikl’s view, the PLAY Skylights is not just an exhibition, but a game whose purpose is to bring out the latent creativity that we all share. Every person visiting the gallery participates in this endeavour. Visitors are not only allowed, but are actually explicitly required to handle and enter the exhibits, whilst also adding finishing touches to these pieces and playing with them.

The exhibition is held on the historical premises of Malostranska beseda, the former town hall. Visitors can climb from the unique attic to the building’s highest tower and admire the inimitable views of the Prague Castle panorama and St. Nicolas Church.
We welcome both adults and children who want to come and PLAY in the Skylights with us. The renaissance Malostranska beseda boasts an organic restaurant. This eatery has also been “playfully” refurbished to become an organic part of the exhibition.

The exhibition is open from 10 to 6 pm every day except Monday. Admission costs 150 CZK for adults, 90 CZK for children, senior citizens and people with disabilities (unfortunately the gallery has limited wheelchair access).

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