Franz Kafka Museum
Despite the colossal reputation of the city’s most famous literary son, this is one of the newer museums in Prague, set up around the same time as the first Kafka statue was erected on Dusní street (2004). Better late than never, of course, and what the Museum has lost in belatedness it makes up for with a fantastically comprehensive analysis of Kafka’s life, insights into his major works, his social life and relationships, plus plenty of original letters, manuscripts and photos.
Far from being stuffy, the Museum offers a surreally Kakfka-esque experience – sepia photos are displayed underwater on the floor, claustrophobic corridors host looming filing cabinets, and ethereal images are projected onto fragile textiles and into mirrored spaces.
All the way through, a sinister soundtrack of ringing phones, squawking crows and mysterious bells provides a suitably paranoid atmosphere. A café and bookstore are located directly opposite for those thirsty for a drink/inspiration.