Franz Kafka and Prague are inseperably connected. One of the city's most famous sons, Kafka had a complicated relationship with his birthplace. This and more is addressed at Kafka Museum in Prague.
As you enter the exhibition, you step into a different world - the world of Franz Kafka. The darkened rooms are inhabited by a gloomy atmosphere, reminiscent of that in Kafka's works. The exhibition consists of two parts. "Existential Space" is an impressive documentary of how Prague influenced Kafka and his life. He perceived the city as a "dear little mother with claws" - as his home, and yet at times also as a prison. The second part, "Imaginary Topography" discusses the settings of Kafka's works, where he rarely mentions Prague, but it always remains present in one way or another.
The museum includes first editions of most of Kafka's works as well as a range of letters, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and drawings. 3-D installations and audiovisual pieces present the exhibits in a unique way. Furthermore, a soundtrack created especially to be this exhibition's musical backdrop completes the atmosphere.
Franz Kafka was born in Prague on 3 September 1883, and spent many years of his life in this city. He is among the Czech capital's most famous sons.
The exhibition of the Kafka Museum was initially planned as a travelling exhibition. It was first shown in Barcelona in 1999. Later it moved to the Jewish Museum of New York for 2002 and 2003. After that, the exhibition came to Prague, where it was transformed into a permanent museum in 2005.
How to get there
The museum is located at Malá Strana, not far from Charles Bridge. From there, turn right onto Cihelná street, and go on until you reach the museum. If you're travelling on public transport, get off at Malostranská, and follow Pod Bruskou street towards Mánesův most bridge. Then follow U Lužického semináře street until the fork, where you go left into Cihelná.