For centuries, artists have been looking for new materials and tools to bring their ideas to life - oil, clay, stone, coal, or spray paints. Even today, artists are still trying to discover more unique and innovative formats for their art. Could a Lego piece serve as such a format? The Lego Museum, with the world's largest collection of Legos, is a proof that breathtaking works of art can be created from children's toys.
Miloš Křeček, the owner of one of the largest private Lego collections in the world and the author of most of the exhibits in the Lego Museum, started his artistic journey with Lego back when he was a little child. It all started with one simple Christmas present at the age of five. He instantly fell in love with Lego and over the years, he began to add to his collection. As a wedding gift, he and his wife gave each other rare pieces of Lego, and for their honeymoon, they went to Denmark to look for unique pieces of Lego hidden in piles of junk at Danish flea markets.
Over the years of diligent collecting, the private collector Miloš Křeček has accumulated more than 1,000 original LEGO® models at home, and it was clear that his home showcases could not suffice for all the exhibits. The idea of founding a private museum was born in the mid-2010s. Over time, Miloš Křeček divided his collection of unprecedented proportions into five branches of the Lego Museum in Prague, Kutná Hora, Poděbrady, Špindlerův Mlýn and Jeseník. At present times, these Museums hold a total of 6,751 different original Lego sets, and each year the collection grows by another 300 models - not only new models, but also various old collector sets.
The collection is ever-growing. The company LEGO® itself releases hundreds of new models every year. These are mostly standard models that can be found in the new LEGO® catalogue, which is issued twice a year. However, in addition to these classic models, LEGO® also produces many limited editions and special promo sets for special and important historical events. But the Lego Museum is not just about the creations of others. We also place great emphasis on developing the creativity and playfulness of our visitors. For that reason, we have equipped each Museum with a “play corner” and a very well-equipped shop, where visitors will find not only commonly available LEGO® kits, but also the above-mentioned limited editions and rare sets, which are not sold anywhere else in the world.
Thanks to 6,751 different original sets, the Lego Museum is the largest private collection of Lego in the Czech Republic (and in the world). The Czech record itself is verified by a special record certificate. The collection was registered on 19 May 2020 and subsequently entered in the Czech Book of Records. Unfortunately, the collection cannot be submitted for a world record application, since it is divided among five branches of the museum, which are described below. We highly recommend seeing the collection in its entirety.
The Lego Museum store offers the widest range of LEGO® products on the Czech market, including exclusive and limited kits that can't be found in other domestic stores.
At present time, the collection is divided among five branches: Prague, Poděbrady, Jeseník, Kutná Hora and Špindlerův Mlýn. Each museum has several city-specific displays and other original exhibits. In Prague, visitors will find models of Charles Bridge, the National Museum, the Old Town Astronomical Clock, the National Theater, Vasily the Blessed Cathedral (the landmark of Red Square and the symbol of Moscow), the Italian Trevi Fountain or the Mole - cartoon character created by artist Zdeněk Miler. The newest branch in Poděbrady exhibits models of the George’s square in Poděbrady and the City Hall of Liberec. A copy of the Priessnitz Spa House was created for the Jesenice branch. In the Kutná Hora branch, you can find the models of historical monuments like the Ossuary or the Temple of St. Barbara; you can also find a model of fictional villain Joker there. The Špindlerův Mlýn branch then displays a Lego portrait of Krakonoš, the mythical spirit of the mountains, and a model of the Saint Peter ski center.
Each museum has a kid’s corner for creative visitors who want to put their visions and ideas to life, as well as a store with both basic and unique Lego sets, which is staffed with well trained personnel with extensive knowledge of the current market offer to help you choose the right Lego set, offer you other alternatives and provide you with any further assistance.