The National Gallery displays its wonderful collection of art dating from medieval times to the 21st century in eight unique locations, locations ranging from old renovated palaces and convents to functionalist buildings. Each house showcases an extensive priceless permanent collection, displayed to enhance the Czech and Central European culture through beautiful visual aids. The history of the Czech National Gallery started in 1796 when a group of Czech nobles and middle class intellectuals, titled The Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts, were determined to heighten the disintegrated appreciation of ascetics in the local community. The Society established the Academy of Fine Arts and the first public picture gallery. The first picture gallery has grown extensively and matured over centuries to become the National Gallery, which still follows the original mission of the founders, to elevate the spirit and appreciation of the nation through visual works of Art. Please see the permanent exhibitions of the National Gallery listed below; all of the reviews are complete with gallery descriptions, photographs, contact information and maps.