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KGB Museum

Mala Strana Vlasska 13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Ranked #29 of 317 Attractions in Prague
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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Toulouse, France
4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I visited the KGB museum with my mother last week and it was excellent! It was so interesting and also great fun to look around, particularly at all the gadgets such as the gun inside the cigarette case, the different types of 'spy cameras' and 'Stalin's Scarf' as well as being able to view the gifts that were given to... More

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Castres, France
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Not too big, three rooms in fact and great fun. If it had been any bigger one might have died of boredom but as it was it was kept alive by a splendid man who obviously enjoyed showing the things he had collected. It was the high light of our trip. The Russian accent of the owner was ,at first,... More

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Sydney, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I'm writing this review again as the owner had my original review removed, claiming it was for a different business. I'm positive I'm reviewing the right attraction. This is not a museum; it's a room full of soviet memorabilia with a single man running the entire operation. The tour is a sporadic look at several items without any cohesion or... More

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

It is well understood, who writes these reviews. The main mistake of such people is that they find surrounding people dumb and unable to distinguish between the truth and absolute lie. We will continue our work. We are pleased to welcome all of our friends in our Museum ! Welcome ! More

Horsham, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We read the reviews and were intrigued enough to visit. The owner of this collection is indeed passionate, eccentric and maybe even more, but that's just what made it so good! The collection of objects he has gathered, and the stories he tells were fascinating and it was a highly entertaining visit. Well worth the money.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My sister and I took a chance on this museum after reading so many positive reviews on trip advisor. While I agree with some of the criticism of this museum (specifically it is a bit overpriced and the guide is a little hard to understand) it was overall a fun and entertaining experience. The museum is full of unique artifacts... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

The tour guide is a very interesting guy,looks like former KGB officer.the tour is about a hour,and he gives you a lot of information, and in the and gives you an opportunity to take photos with real guns.he makes a lot of jokes and spreads a friendly atmosphere.have a lot of interesting stuff,and very good explanations. Really worth the money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Having a spare hour whilst in the Lesser Quarter of Prague, I decided to visit this museum hidden away nearby. After paying the entrance fee I was immediately handed a PPSh-42 submachine gun and an NKVD officer's cap. Photographs in various poses were subsequently taken. The following hour comprised of listening to a somewhat eccentric Russian man talk about the... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I visited this museum/collection of KGB and military items on 9.9.2014. The owner/guide is very enthusiastic and passionate about the items on display and enjoys showing them off too his guests. He's quite entertaining and gives fun demonstrations of a few items. Depending on your level of interaction with non-native speakers of English, he may be a little difficult to... More

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Whitehorse, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

The name of the museum intrigued us, so we tracked it down on a rainy afternoon. If you are expecting a serious, methodical treatment of the history of the KGB, forget it, but if you would like to see an eclectic mix of spy gear and weapons, coupled with enthusiastic demonstrations of how some of the stuff works, this is... More

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We spent a good one hour in the KGB museum. Though it is a small museum, each treasure or equipment comes with its own story. The owner is very passion about this part of history and told us how to use those equipment and story behind it. We learned a lot during this one hour guided tour by owner. Meanwhile,... More

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