The Střešovice tram depot in Prague houses a unique collection of vehicles and other artifacts that recount the history of public transport in the capital of the Czech Republic. It was opened in May of 1993 by the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) as the "Museum of Public Transport in Prague". The part of the permanent collection, which is always on view, includes forty historic vehicles. Other exhibits include models, photographs, historical documents, tickets, drawings and route maps.
Opening hours of the Museum of Public Transport:
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Employees of the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP), their family members and pensioners of DPP can enter for free.
Phone (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during opening hours of the Museum): +420 296 128 960
Phone: +420 296 128 900, +420 296 128 923
Fax: 296 128 901
On 14 May 1993, the then Mayor of Prague, Jan Koukal, cut the ribbon to open the Museum of Public Transport in Prague. It is located in the historic building of the tram depot in Střešovice.
The depot itself was declared an historically significant structure, worthy of preservation in 1991. It dates back to 1909 and was a typical depot building of the period, built to serve the maintenance and service needs of the new trams that were appearing on the streets of Prague. It continued to be used for these purposes until 1992, when the work to convert it over into a museum began.
On 21 July 1998, the museum’s 50 public transport vehicles, along with 34 other items in the collection, were declared “cultural monuments” by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. This was due to their historical and cultural significance.
In addition to its own vehicles and collections, the Museum also has on exhibit items on long-term from the Czech National Technical Museum.
In addition to being a museum, the Střešovice depot is much more. A number of its historic vehicles are fully operational and frequently used for special private and public tours and tram rides around the city. Among its special summer offerings, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, it makes available to the public an opportunity to take a ride on Historic Tram Line No. 41.
A permanent part what is on view at the museum is the exhibit “History of Public Transport in Prague”. It was put together using materials from the historical archives of the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) as well as materials from other sources and institutions, including the State Central Archive, the Archive of the Capital City of Prague, the Urban Transport Society and members of the Urban Transport Circle of the Vltavská House of Culture in Prague 7. Visitors to the museum have the opportunity to look at unique photographs, copies of historical documents, early plans and route maps, early tickets and videos. The videos have been put together using film material from the resources of the National Film Archive. Also available on long-term loan from the Museum of the Capital City of Prague are models of historical public transport vehicles for which representative original examples no longer exist. On loan from the ČKD Tatra company is a model of the R 1 high-speed train set, which was proposed for use on the Prague metro in the early 1970s