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Address: Vlasska, 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Description: KGB for many years have been of the most powerful and famous secret...
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.
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There is many guns, knives, axes, other weapon, uniforms, special gifts that were only given to the highly ranked KGB, cameras, radios...etc. Many many items very cool. Owner/tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

There is many guns, knives, axes, other weapon, uniforms, special gifts that were only given to the highly ranked KGB, cameras, radios...etc. Many many items very cool. Owner/tour operator tells you many stories and history, shows you how items were used in a very engaging and entertaining way. It is a small museum but well laid out and there are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

The guide was very enthusiastic, explaining the history of KGB in a humorous matter. Among the most interesting museums i've seen in Prague.

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Chisinau, Moldova
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We was in more than 10 museums in Praha, and this one is the best. The host is really well informed, the way he describe stories and items is awesome. Totally worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This is an odd out of the way little museum. But it is worth it if not just for the guide himself. He is a total character. He is like a walking propagandist for the USSR (our current leadership (Putin) is weak, but Empires survive! And Stalin is coming back!!!). But also some interesting Cold War relics. Go see it....... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I am not really sure how to describe this---what seems most fitting is it's and old storefront filled with souvenirs and memorabilia from the "glory days" of the Soviet Union. The owner and tour guide is very enthusiastic and seemingly nostalgic for the old days of the USSR and Stalin (ignoring the fact that Stalin was responsible for millions of... More 

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

We've been waiting for this review. We knew that this man will retaliate) As soon as his family came to the Museum, he clutched his heart and panted-50 dollars. I asked him three times if he really wants to get a tour? And all three times I received a positive answer. Finally, his wife said-pay and let's begin. With him... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A very interesting and unique collection of KGB and Soviet items. Really enjoyed the spy technology. You guide passionate and knowledgeable but also pushy/overbearing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The place is not very big but has a lot of unique and interesting items. However, the center piece is definitely the owner, Andrei. His passion, enthusiasm and humor really makes it worth visiting if you are in Prague. Be sure not to miss it !! All the best from Andrei and Anastasia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The host of this museum shows so much enthusiasm, he pretty much acts out the whole experience. He'll show you how to take some awesome pics. The stuff in this museum is really interesting, even if it isn't that big. The guy works 7 days a week because he loves what he does and it shows. The museum is very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a small museum with lots of neat Russian military stuff (not all KGB) and a few cool Nazi items as well. It's an odd experience because the Russian guy who owns it gives you a tour, and he's one of a kind. He speaks with a heavy Russian accent, blasts through details in a drill sergeant-like way, dropping... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

As other reviewers have pointed out this is a private museum, where you receive a personal guided tour to the artifacts on display, by the very enthusiastic Russian owner, Andrei. The tour is given in a part dead-serious and part humorous fashion......positively pythonesque in part, in spite of martial arts and weapon demonstrations. It is really a quite an experience... More 

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Address: Vlasska, 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
Location: Europe  >  Czech Republic  >  Bohemia  >  Prague>  > Mala Strana (Little Quarter)

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Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Nestled underneath Prague Castle it was once a part of the Kings route taken by future kings on their way to coronation - originating in the Old Town, crossing Charles Bridge and leading to Saint Vitus Cathedral. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque medieval houses, remarkable palaces, churches, kitsch shops and restaurants. Do not hesitate to turn a corner into any narrow street. You will suddenly find yourself in a calm and charming neighborhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighborhood is a home to Czech Parliament and many ministries, you can also run into well-dressed officials. If you are thirsty or hungry, it is the right place to be. Restaurants offer delicious traditional food and of course, the best Czech beers.
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