About Museum

"Why do I make movies? I'm looking for terra incognita, a land on which no film maker has yet set foot, a planet where no director has planted his flag of conquest, a world that exists only in fairy tales." Karel Zeman

Welcome to the Karel Zeman Museum!

The Karel Zeman Museum presents the life’s work of the world renowned film maker Karel Zeman and his cinematic special effects, which made Czech cinematography world famous in the 20th century.
The museum maps the life and work of Karel Zeman from its beginnings – from his first animations and puppet films in the 1940’s to work from his last creative period. A substantial part of the museum is dedicated to his most significant films – Journey to the Beginning of Time, The Fabulous World of Jules Verne and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.
The museum’s playful approach to the exhibition is unique. It allows visitors to participate directly - to try out with their own photo and video cameras selected special-effect techniques that Zeman used in his films.

Simply put, in this museum shooting photos and video is encouraged!

The individual rooms of the museum are conceived as movie studios, and there are small stages with backdrops which visitors can step into and shoot their scenes. They can take a ride on a flying machine, or walk around the moon like Baron Munchausen, or take the controls of the famous submarine from The Fabulous World of Jules Verne.
Also, part of the exhibition features previously unpublished photographs, original puppets, and other documentary materials from the life and work of this visionary filmmaker.
The museum is an interactive and playful place focused on families with children from the Czech Republic and abroad. In the long term, the museum will become an institute preserving and promoting the legacy of the director and fine artist Karel Zeman, offering a wide range of activities for the general public and for specialists from the Czech Republic and abroad.
You will find more information for museum visitors here.

Interactive tablet guide available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Karel Zeman Museum has a full wheelchair access.
We look forward to your visit!


About Karel Zeman

One of the most significant Czech directors, screenwriters and fine artists, Karel Zeman was born in 1910 and died in 1989. He made a number of short, medium-length, and feature-length films, the most renowned of which are Journey to the Beginning of Time, The Fabulous World of Jules Verne and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen. Zeman received a number of prizes and awards at prestigious film festivals, making Czech cinematography famous throughout the world in the 20th century. He was admired in his time by personalities like Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin and Salvádor Dalí. His film work is still highly regarded, and the techniques he used are studied at film schools throughout the world. The aesthetics of Zeman’s filmic creations have influenced a range of world-class filmmakers, such as the director, fine artist, and member of Monty Python Terry Gilliam.
You can find more information about Karel Zeman here.

Special Thanks

The Karel Zeman Museum was created thanks to the combined efforts of C&COM Advertising – owner of the Aura-Pont copyright agency, Punk Film – an audiovisual production company – and the family of Karel Zeman. The exhibition was jointly conceived and designed by Jakub Fabel and Ondřej Beránek together with co-author Marcel Kral. We wish to express our particular gratitude to Ludmila Zemanová and Linda Zemanova-Spaleny for providing materials from their personal archives, for granting the use of copyright materials and for their involvement in all aspects of the creation of the museum.