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Muzeum miniatur

Museum of Miniatures on Strahov, Prague has one of the biggest collection of microminiature art in Europe.

Muzeum miniatur v Praze

Everything began as an exibition of microminiature art in 1996 in St. Petersburg, Russia. A year later the same exhibition traveled to Prague and located on Jilská street, Prague 1 – Old Town. After its success in Prague the exibition got its new name Muzeum miniatur and obtained a permanent residence in the Strahov Monastery in Prague 1.

Today the Museum of Miniatures in Prague owns one of the largest collections of microminiatures in the world, including 29 exhibits. The collection includes works by three authors: Nikolai Aldunin (1956–2009), Edward Ter Ghazarian (1923–2012) and Anatoly Konenko (*1954).

Elena Kinol is the manager of Muzeum miniatur;
Company PetroArt-Trade s.r.o. (ID: 25720597).

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What is Micro-miniature?

1) Microminiature —

a type of art which developed in the 1980s. The basic feature—impossibility to see the work with a naked eye and the necessity to view it through an optical device: microscope or magnifying glass. The size is not defined—microminiature dimension may be millimetres or tenths of a millimetre.

2) Micro-miniaturist

Artists producing microminiatures are called Microminiaturists. There is an unwritten rule saying: every beginning microminiaturist should create a couple of works of the “classical microminiature”, such as: an inscription on a human hair, a rice grain or a pinhead; a camel train in a needle ear, or a shoed flea. This list may differ by country as a subject of national tradition.

3) Main difficulties

Microminiature works are hand-made, which brings hidden issues. There are three main difficulties.

a. hand tremor
makes the process difficult. Every movement must be precise and every attempt must be successful.

b. blood pulsing in the fingers
most people do not even notice it. But microminiaturist must learn to work in between heart beats.

c. static charge
the tools and the materials are often metallic. For that reason a part may unexpectedly fly away. In that case it is often necessary to start over again. The most often used materials include copper and gold thanks to their properties, such as softness.

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4) Is there a school of Microminiature Art?

There is no official school of microminiature art in the world. Every artist must produce their own instruments and technology, which may be transferred from other fields, such as micro surgery of the eye etc. In exceptional cases the artist may pass their art on disciples.

4) Is there a school of Microminiature Art?

There is no official school of microminiature art in the world. Every artist must produce their own instruments and technology, which may be transferred from other fields, such as micro surgery of the eye etc. In exceptional cases the artist may pass their art on disciples.

4) Is there a school of Microminiature Art?

There is no official school of microminiature art in the world. Every artist must produce their own instruments and technology, which may be transferred from other fields, such as micro surgery of the eye etc. In exceptional cases the artist may pass their art on disciples.

5) How long does it take?

Creation of a microminiature consists of two parts: theoretical and practical. Every work is unique and that is why the time needed for its creation depends on its complexity and size.

First, the artist must find the most appropriate technology including production of tools, selection of material and decision on the number of parts the work will consist of. Then the artist can proceed to the actual process of creation.

The creation itself may take a week but the preceding search for technology may take years. Often the artist´s first attempts fail. In that case selection of another technology is necessary.

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Tickets

You may buy a ticket directly in our museum or online. No need to book in advance.
We provide group discounts.

adults...

130 czk / 5 €

students / kids...

70 czk / 3 €

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Inside Strahov Monastery Area

Nearest tram stop is Pohořelec. Take a tram 22 from Malostranska metro station.

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