Museum of Prague Alchemists and Magicians
16.09.2013, Maria Jagerova
The Donkey in the Cradle House (U osla v kolebce) where the famous alchemist Edward Kelley lived, offers a peak into the mysterious world of centuries past during the reign of Rudolf II, the world of Doctor Faustus and various magicians. Featuring an interactive exhibition of alchemist potions in the original lab.
The Museum just a stone´s throw from the Prague Castle was based in the attic of the house, which makes the atmosphere even more mysterious.
The motto of the museum is: "There are many ways leading to magic, but the only way away from it…". The only way is suggested by the legs of Doctor Faustus flying with up the Devil through the hole in the ceiling..
The museum doesn’t stick purely to scientific displays, but also focuses on quite mysterious events. For instance, it alludes to the fact that William Shakespeare allegedly spent some time in Prague as a spy for Queen Elizabeth I, and actually with Kelly and another important character, John Dee, who was also involved in astronomy and astrology. The museum will also acquaint visitors with other mysteries of Old Prague.
The museum is dark and ghostly, but overall it is fascinating to view a replica of the science and magic that was performed in the past.
You can eat at the Alchemy cafe. Here is situated the very fascinating bar decorated like a chemical laboratory.
Address: Jansky vrsek 8, Praha 1 – Hradcany
Nearest public transport station: Sporkova
Opening hours: daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Admisssion: 140,-CZK, reduced 100,-CZK