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KGB Museum

Mala Strana Vlasska 13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Ranked #23 of 302 attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: KGB for many years have been of the most powerful and famous secret service in the world. The KGB museum (Russian: Музей КГБ, Czech: Muzeum KGB,... more » Owner description: KGB for many years have been of the most powerful and famous secret service in the world. The KGB museum (Russian: Музей КГБ, Czech: Muzeum KGB, German: KGB Museum, French: Musée du KGB) was founded by the organization Chernyy dozhd. This non-governmental private organization is a community of people who are fascinated with the history collected unique items related to the activities of the Soviet Secret Service. The presence of many exhibits is primarily due to anarchy and lack of control over many state museums in the USSR during its division into many independent states, which used to be former Soviet socialist republics. Only due to the Chernyy dozhd organization many priceless exhibits were saved from looting, destruction and recycling. This is the first time in the world memorabilia previously belonging to the first persons of the Soviet Union, the heads of the Cheka-NKVD-GPU-OGPU-MGB-KGB and the senior functionaries of the soviet state security are put together in one place.The exhibition features absolutely unique exhibits such as Lenin death mask, which was made in January 1924 by Doctors of Medicine Vorobiev and Zbarsky (the authors of the unique embalming technique of dead body); the weapon, which was used for Trotsky’s murder in Mexico in 1940; the personal belongings from the cabinet of Beria, who was Marshal of the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), a chief of the Soviet security service during the difficult years of World War II, and later a supervisor of the Soviet atomic bomb project; an unusual type of small arms, chemical weapons, made according to then-advanced technology, and many other exhibits. A part of the exhibition showcases the history of the personal standard weapon of the Soviet secret service officers.In the 20th century such kind of technique was actively developed, designed and produced by secret laboratories, institutes and specialized factories of Warsaw Pact countries, and especially by the Soviet Union.Gifted scientists, talented designers and highly skilled engineers with unique abilities were engaged into this invisible and closed for ordinary people industry.Hidden cameras (in the Soviet Union they used the term "tacit photography"), things which were used for keeping secret information (dead drops), instruments for applying signal labels, standard gifts for the officers and employees of the KGB to celebrate various anniversaries in the history of the USSR and the KGB, the first merit badges of the agents, and all the things which were inextricably connected with the activities of Soviet intelligence officers can be seen now at the KGB Museum in Prague. A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the so-called "Prague Spring". Many unique photos of the city streets were made by the KGB agents during the events of 1968. Unusual photos reflect the dramatic history of that time, the tragedy of the beautiful old European city, which fate became a bargaining chip in a great gamble game of superpowers. One can also see an extraordinarily beautiful handmade banner that had been made by the children from the GPU labour commune for 2 months and was presented to Grampa Lenin in the autumn 1923, three months before his death. After the Soviet state head’s death the banner, as well as the flags from the GPU NKVD RSFSR, had been held over the World Proletariat Leader's body in the House of Unions' Pillar Hall for 3 days. In that frosty cold January of the year 1924 a three day procession of more than a million people walked past the Lenin's coffin.. The vision of and comments on the existence of the most powerful secret services of the world can vary, but it's obviously clear that every state needs a strong secret service, the instrument of its foreign and domestic policy. « less
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you know something about history, don't go. It's a waste of money (300 krones or 12 euros) and time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The owner is very passionate about his work and collection of memorabilia. He is very attentive to his visitors and wants you to touch many of the items. Be aware that he gives guided tours, so when you get there, you might have to wait for the next one to start - they last 20 to 25 minutes.

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Marietta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is essentially a personal collection of KGB memorabilia and artifacts spread over 2 rooms (plus portrait basement) in a store-front retail space in the Lesser Town. The owner conducts the tour and supplies the stories and back-stories, along with demonstration of some of the signature KGB killer moves. It is entertaining because of the Russian owner and his passion... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

They guy who runs it is literally nuts. But it was great! He is surely a storyteller and entertaining. Gave us a (perhaps first hand????) account of much of the interesting memorablia. We are glad we made time for this stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

The russian man that will show you the guns and everything from the KGB on the museum really lives what he do, and he talks with a very funny accent. I lived it!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This museum is an amazing experience for anyone with any sort of interest in this area! The owner of the museum is very passionate, friendly and has an amazing private collection of KGB articles from their commencement in 1917! The owner is incredibly knowledgeable in the field and the tour is the best tour I went on in Prague!!! He... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited the museum as part of my interrail trip on the 19th July. It was a Saturday evening and I was surprised that at 16:30 I was the only person there. The guide, Andrey, greets you with Soviet Music which is certainly atmospheric, and from there gives you a very detailed tour of Secret Police history. Some of his artefacts... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We travelled from Australia to beautiful Prague and were pleased to find this hidden treasure. The KGB Muzeum adds something a little bit different to spice up your holiday. The tour guide is a really nice, polite and courteous, Russian man, who is easy to understand, very passionate about his work, and like a university of knowledge. Really informative and... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I was interested in this museum partially due to the excellent reviews it received, however, after visiting the place I cannot understand why. On the plus side, the guide is certainly flexible in a sense that the tour starts when people arrive and those arriving in the middle of a tour will join others and catch the beginning of the... More

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Front Office Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

Hallelujah! ! ! The world is saved! We knew, we believed that such people exist! The author knows nothing about history of Finland, the Lappish and Winter war, doesn't know about the Finnish battalion of forest hunters (World War I), the youth nationalist organizations of Finland and so on. We have many friends of Finns, all very much love history... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Fun little private museum. The guy who runs it gives a really nice tour about kgb history. He has got all kinds of cool stuff and let you take pictures with guns and stuff. Totally worth the money. Very much recommended.

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