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KGB Museum

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Address: Vlasska, 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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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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We visited on a Sunday morning and spent over one hour at this Museum. The owner provided us with a fascinating tour, and insight into Russian history over the past 80 years and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, United Kingdom

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quirky but somehow good. Not sure it's worth the price though - it's very small, not that many artefacts, the room downstairs was weird..... The Russian owner/manager/guide (one man show) is definitely proud of his museum and is very knowledgeable, theatrical, dramatic and entertaining. If you have an hour to spare in Prague and are fascinated by soviet era, then... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a Sunday morning and spent over one hour at this Museum. The owner provided us with a fascinating tour, and insight into Russian history over the past 80 years and KGB culture. His personality alongside the historical artifacts was very entertaining and intreaguing. Highly recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This collection was brought alive by the curator and, I imagine collector of these pieces. He is word perfect and takes one through the history and macabreness of the KGB. The only thing that let this down for me was the posing for photos by visitors, dressing up in uniforms, holding guns, rather an insult to those murdered by the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was excellent combination of history and theatre. As someone who loves history, and in particular the history of the USSR, I thought this was a brilliant place to go. A highlight of my trip to Prague. The shelves of Communist memorabilia and Soviet artefacts are brought to life in a very entertaining way by the owner/tour guide. Lasts 1... More 

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Panama, Rep de Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Andre, the tour guide, makes this experience very special. His Russian accent is very hard to understand but the guy is really funny and very entertaining. Only go if you want to learn about the KGB and Russia during the Cold War in a fun and entertaining way.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

KGB museum 50 metres from US Embassy LOL. For the interested there are some good exhibits and the owner allows (and demonstrates) interaction with materiel I have never seen before anywhere else. He explains the story without elaborating on the politics which was appreciated. Aside from fire arms the up close and personal axes, knives and 'stalin's scarves' makes you... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting things inside, interesting facts you would'n learn elsewere , tour is kind private (we went early in the morning, we were alone and had an ultra-specific tour!) I would recommend to anyone.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The main reason to go is because of the owner who provides a very entertaining tour and explanation based around the exhibits. The downside is that the exhibition is quite small and pricey - 350 Kr per person. The tour is between one and one and half hours - for the same price as one person you can get a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you presented a case study at Harvard Business School, proposing a KGB museum in a city where many people still have fresh memories of the 1968 Soviet incursion, and only 50 yds from the US Embassy, you would be drummed out! But it for some reason seems to work. The owner runs a continuous loop of a tour...you join... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice small museum. The explanations of the man running it are very interesting! You can touch some of the objects which is great. 350ck (14euro). We stayed about 1hour. Go there!

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