National Czech& Slovak Museum & Library

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Basic Information

Address: 1400 Inspiration Place SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Phone Number: (319) 362-8500

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National Czech& Slovak Museum & Library
National Czech& Slovak Museum & Library
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National Czech& Slovak Museum & Library

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30-4:00; Sunday, 12:00-4:00; Library open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30-4:00
Description:

Our Mission is to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture.

We are a museum that celebrates life. Czech life. Slovak life. American life. We are a museum that encourages self-discovery, a museum that asks what it means to be free. Through extraordinary exhibitions and experiences, we tell stories of freedom and identity, family and community, human rights and dignity. Our stories connect yesterday with today and tomorrow.

Grade Levels:
Pre-K
K-5
6-8
9-12
Disabled Access:

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library strives to make its programs and facilities accessible to all our patrons. Coinciding with our mission, “to inspire people from every background to connect to Czech and Slovak history and culture,” we want all peoples to feel welcome and invited to experience what the museum has to offer, regardless of ability or background.

Parking/Arriving
Parking Garage: Entrance located on 15th Street. Free to use and handicap accessible.
Outdoor parking: Next to the museum on 15th Street and across the street in Czech Village.

ADA Accessibility
An elevator is available on each floor including the parking garage, 1st floor exhibits, and administration offices on 2nd floor.
Wheelchairs are available for those that need them at no cost, but are first come first serve.
Hearing enhancing microphones for theater are at the front desk for those with hearing problems.
All films in the theater are captioned.

Restrooms
The museum contains 3 restrooms and all restrooms are handicap accessible. One family restroom is available.

Pets
Service animals are the only animals allowed in the museum at any time. Service animals are dogs that are trained to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. This can include a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. Tasks performed by the animal may include pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, pressing elevator buttons or a variety of other tasks. The work performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. This does not include Therapy animals.

Program Type:

The NCSML provides a multicultural adventure, connecting students to the larger, global community in a personal manner.

What We Offer

  • Maňa: One Girl’s Story, A comprehensive experience geared for elementary school students studying immigration. Those living close enough to visit can schedule an onsite study trip. Anyone can access the lesson plans and resources for their classroom.

  • Customized onsite study trips for pre-K through college students, designed to enrich teachers’ curriculum.

  • Resources for educators and parents on Czech history, traditions, and culture.

  • Opportunities for community education and professional development.

Accreditation: American Alliance of Museums; Smithsonian Affiliate
Admission/Tickets: Varies by age/status; see https://www.ncsml.org/visit/
Registration: Study trips require pre-registration
Food: A number of restaurants and cafes are available in the nearby Czech Village and New Bohemia districts. For an additional fee, a Czech meal can be locally catered in the museum's WFLA Heritage Hall.
Length of Visit: 1-2 hours
Student/Staff Ratio: 15/1
Max. Group Number: 60
Group Requirements: All potential study trips must be confirmed and booked with Sarah Henderson, K-12 Learning Specialist.
Exhibits: Exhibits at the museum include the permanent exhibit, Faces of Freedom, as well as rotating temporary exhibits. For an updated exhibit list, visit https://www.ncsml.org/exhibits/
Retail Store: https://store.ncsml.org/
Videos/DVDs Shown: A rotation of short films are screened daily in the Hemphill Theater, including A Monumental Move, which documents the rebuilding and relocation of the NCSML to its current location
Reservations Needed: For group study trips, yes
Nearby Attractions: The NCSML is right across the river from the African-American Museum of Iowa, and can coordinate joint study trips with AAMI for larger groups. Additional attractions include the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The History Center, Brucemore Estate, Indian Creek Nature Center, and the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District.