National Museum responds to critics over restoration of bullet-ridden façade

The National Museum has responded to criticism that a recent renovation of the façade of its building on Prague’s Wenceslas Square has left bullets holes dating back to the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia barely visible.

In a press release issued on Monday, the museum said restorers took great care to leave the distinctive traces of the nation’s history – including attempts by Soviet occupiers to literally whitewash them – in place for generations to come.

In refurbishing the façade, the contrast between the original stone parts and the embedded fillings of the bullet holes was partially lost but the colour differences were intentionally preserved, it said, describing in great detail the process and care given to preserving the history whilst protecting the façade.