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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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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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I came here with my parents earlier today and have to say it was quite an entertaining place. The main pull is the owner/guide who is so enthusiastic and animated that you feel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I came here with my parents earlier today and have to say it was quite an entertaining place. The main pull is the owner/guide who is so enthusiastic and animated that you feel drawn in to what he is saying. True,there were times he spoke so fast I wasn't sure what was being said. True, there are no information placards... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Took a tour at the museum, very interesting exhibitions, lot of cool and rare stuff from the cold war and WWII era, the host is very interesting and enthusiast, he shared a lot of information and demonstrated some of the weapons and instruments. Very cool place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We weren't sure what to expect. The polite and friendly guide asked us to wait until the next tour slot which was 10 minutes. The guy was very friendly and included all of the visitors when delivering his tour. He presented lots of information along with the large collection of interesting wartime items on display. He spoke passionately and enthusiastically... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Museum is kinda small, but the way how host tells you about everything you can find there, is more than amazing. During the tour he's incredibly enthusiastic and shows you the story a way you couldn't expect from a museum. The price however is quite high compared to another museums in Prague, it's 350 kč per one adult, but if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Nice collection of Soviet paraphernalia, some of it really courious. But the real attraction is the owner of the museum. He knows to entertain!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I was intrigued by the idea of this museum But I was also skeptical to see what it was like. I was so happy I went. It should be noted however that it isn't All kgb some of its Is Red army although it was great all the same

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Visiting here was one of the highlights of my trip to Prague. It is a small museum with an extensive collection of Soviet era KGB memorabilia. It’s hands on and you are encouraged to handle a lot of the exhibits. What separates this museum experience from most others is the host. He is fantastically engaging, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. He... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Read other reviews and decided we had to go for this. 350 Koruna & you get a little tour & talk through all the items on display. The guy who does it is excellent. I have no idea if any of this was accurate, but didn't care as very entertaining

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Very interesting collection of Soviet relics with a very enthusiastic guide who gives an entertaining depiction of what many were used for during WW2 and the cold war. Large collection of old weapons. Would definitely recommend if you are interested in history, spy's and the cold war.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Unmissable for the Soviet Union history lovers, this small museum displays a series of interesting devices used by the infamous KGB. The legendary museum owner and guide is the special attraction, the way he tells his stories makes you feel like you are part of it. I left the museum with the sensation that I had been chatting with a... More 

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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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