Czech Silver Museum

Czech Silver Museum information

Location
Kutná Hora , Czech Republic
Address
Barborská 28
Telephone
+420 327 512 159
More information
www.cms-kh.cz
Prices
Tour 1 adult/concession 70/40Kč, Tour 2 120/80Kč, combined 140/90Kč
Opening hours
10am-6pm Jul & Aug, 9am-6pm May, Jun & Sep, 9am-5pm Apr & Oct, 10am-4pm Nov, closed Mon year-round
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Originally part of the town’s fortifications, the Hrádek (Little Castle) was rebuilt in the 15th century as the residence of Jan Smíšek, administrator of the royal mines, who grew rich from silver mined illegally right under the building. It now houses the Czech Silver Museum. Visiting is by guided tour, which includes the chance to visit an ancient silver mine.

Tour 1 (one hour) leads through the main part of the museum where the exhibits celebrate the mines that made Kutná Hora wealthy, including a huge wooden device once used to lift loads weighing as much as 1000kg from the 200m-deep shafts. Tour 2 (90 minutes) allows you to don a miner’s helmet and explore 500m of medieval mine shafts beneath the town. Kids need to be aged at least seven for this tour.