A museum dedicated to the life and works of famous Czech composer Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884), the Smetana Museum resides beside the Vltava. Smetana is considered by many to be the father of Czech music. Built in the Renaissance style, the building, formerly owned by the Prague Water Company, has been home to the Smetana Museum since 1936. The first floor holds documents, letters, scores and musical instruments used during the composer's life. The upper floors provide a center for research. Visitors are able to listen to parts of the composer's works here.