Visiting a chocolate museum

Old Town Square, Prague
Old Town Square, Prague

On a summer day few years ago I visited a chocolate museum. I was in Prague on my own and I was utterly charmed by Prague’s beauty. I don’t remember anymore how I found out about a chocolate museum but I put it on my to-do list for Prague because… Well, do you need a reason to visit a chocolate museum?

Muzeum čokolády, Choco-Story Praha is located in Celetna street which is near the magnificent Old Town Square with its fairy-tale church (the Church of Our Lady before Týn ). Upon entering the museum and paying for the ticket I was given some milk chocolate. I believe there would be more museum visitors if all museums implemented such strategy 🙂 I wandered around this small museum munching on my chocolate. I read about the origins of chocolate and about Aztec culture. Then I watched a short documentary film about the production of the chocolate. It was very informative but I also found it a bit sad because all the money from the chocolate consumption goes to big international companies who produce chocolate bars and pralines while the countries that grow cocoa beans are still poor. Unfortunately, that’s the case with most resources. Then I browsed chocolate wrappings from all around the world and rejoiced when I found some very old ones from Croatia.

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There was also a Belgian pralines workshop but I had to wait for the next demonstration and degustation to begin. So I just took some photos of a few chocolate sculptures in the museum. By that time I had already finished my chocolate which I got at the entrance and I was looking forward to try some freshly made Belgian pralines. How do you call a person who makes pralines? Anyway, that person made a short demonstration of praline making procedure. The best part was that we were given a few pralines to try (there were a few people at the museum waiting for the workshop to begin like I did). Of course, the pralines were excellent and there was an option to buy some.

It was June and it was rather hot so I didn’t buy any chocolate in the chocolate gift shop at the exit. It was a very pleasant visit! Would I recommend a visit to the chocolate museum in Prague? Well, it’s a fun little museum and if you really love chocolate then do visit. But if you want to explore Prague then there are other better options to experience Prague than to waste your time in a (tasty) museum that has nothing to do with Prague’s culture or history.

inside Prague's chocolate museum, June 2010
inside Prague’s chocolate museum, June 2010

The Choco-Story museum opened in Prague in 2008 and it’s a part of a group of chocolate  museums so you can visit the same museum in Belgium, France and in Mexico. My visit was in 2010 so I’m sure that a lot has changed since then.  I’ve read that there’s now all you can eat chocolate part. That sounds exciting! (and appetizing). Regrettably I didn’t take a lot of photos in the museum and I managed to find just one for this post so the others are from the Internet. When I visited Brussels I wanted to visit the choco-story museum there too but in the end there was no time (and the opening hours were short). To find out more about the chocolate museum in Prague click here

Have you been to a chocolate museum? Check also my post about visiting a real chocolate factory in Austria 🙂

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81 thoughts on “Visiting a chocolate museum

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  5. What a lovely visit! I’m so please to read your post because on the day we visited, it was so hot (we were melting, never mind the chocolate) that we decided not to go into the museum. It looks like we should have!

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  6. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad

    Yum! I’m a big fan of chocolate (especially free chocolate) so I’d be very keen to try this. I get what you mean about not missing out on the rest of Czech history and culture, but I reckon if you were staying for a bit longer then this would be a perfect activity.

    I used to live just down the road from Cadbury World in Birmingham, UK. It’s pretty expensive for a ticket and you don’t really get to see any of the factory workings, but there are some cool exhibits about the history of Birmingham and the Cadbury family and all the things they were pioneers of. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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      1. Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad

        You get two or three full size bars plus a pot of melted chocolate that you can add a variety of toppings to. It’s quite good but considering the entry fee is >£15 it’s not overwhelmingly good!

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  7. This sounds great! I love chocolate lol 🙂 we visited Cadbury World in the UK before having kids and I keep meaning to visit now we have a very chocoholic 4 year old. Will make a note of this incase we are every local. Thanks #CityTripping

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  8. I’m a chocoholic so this is great to me! I agree chocolate at the entrance to any museum is a great idea. I’ve been to a chocolate factory in Dominican Republic and yes the people there were not making tons of money like the big companies. I never realized all that went into making chocolate, makes me appreciate it even more.

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  9. Yes, I actually have been to a chocolate museum! I went to one in Cologne, Germany. When I went to Belgium as a teenager, we also went to a chocolate factory to see how Belgian chocolate is made. In the States, I’ve been on the Taza Chocolate factory tour just outside of Boston. They make organic chocolate in a variety of flavors. Tasting the samples after the tour was obviously the best part! I missed Prague’s chocolate museum, but I was there in 2006 before this opened. Sounds like a fun museum to explore! #WeekendWanderlust

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  10. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Aren’t these just the best museums ever?! I went to the Choco-story in Bruges and also a chocolate museum in Cologne – I had no idea there was one in Prague too – at this rate, I’ll be a pro soon on chocolate history 🙂

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  11. I love chocolate and I love museums, so I’d certainly be interested in visiting a site that combines both! That said, I think you’re right – there are plenty of other things to do in Prague that are more relevant to the culture 🙂 Nevertheless, it sounds like a delicious experience!!

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  12. Mmmmm that does sound rather delicious – and I like the idea of an entry strategy giving out chocolate! I agree it might make more sense visiting in Belgium or Mexico but it’s an interesting thought to have the same museum in different places in case you can’t visit those countries. #citytripping

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  13. I went to the Choco Museo in Lima, Peru and it was so much fun! We got to make our own chocolate in addition to learning about the cacao beans. I do agree with you that it’s sad to think that developing countries that grow the beans are still struggling, which is why I suggest trying Theo or Divine Chocolate. They operate under fair trade principles and may be a good start to finding chocolate that is made with respect to the people who harvest the beans.

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  14. Global Locavore

    Mmmm chocolate! My favourite food group (chocolate has it’s own food groupd right?!?). I love your idea about getting a delicious treat when entering any museum, it would make the lines and the crowds much more manageable wouldn’t it?

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