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National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library

1400 Inspiration Place
Cedar Rapids  Iowa  52404
United States
(319) 362-8500
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Midwest Living Review

See elaborate folk costumes, an immigrant home and more at this newly reopened repository of Czech and Slovak history and culture.

In 2008, eight feet of water flooded the riverfront National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. Four years later, in summer 2012, the museum reopened—after being moved uphill, restored and expanded.

It's now three times larger and features both permanent and temporary exhibits. An imposing 1,000-piece chandelier hangs in the entryway (it’s a Czech custom for newlyweds to kiss under it). The extensive textile collection includes beautiful Czech and Slovak folk costumes; you can also see an exhibit about textiles damaged in the flood and restored. Outside the main building, tour the restored Slager family immigrant home, built between 1884 and 1889.

The museum complex includes a store featuring imported glass from the Czech Republic, a library, a theater, and an outdoor amphitheatre that hosts music and dance events. 

Visited: 
June 13, 2012

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