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KGB Museum

Mala Strana Vlasska 13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Ranked #27 of 315 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I visited that place a few days ago. The guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the history of Russia and the KGB. It was a very interesting tour. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The KGB Muzuem, is a the private collection of a Russian who has set up shop in Prague. He is very well informed and very enthusiatic about the collection and the stories behind the objects. The collection includes no shortage of spy gadgets such as cigarette pack guns, cameras and personal items of Lenin and Felix Dzerzhinsky. The collection is... More

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Kent
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Whilst there are many interesting objects on display the vast majority are not labelled and you therefore have to rely on the owners commentary as you look around. He is extremely knowledgable and enthusiastic but his English is not great which can make it hard to understand. He is also selective in what he talks about and so many pieces... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Not sure why some of the reviews here are saying its overpriced, I'm Australian and with conversion, it cost us just under $15 AUD each (try paying that price to do anything back home). This tour was worth every penny. If you are into this sort of thing, then you'll be blown away by the amount of artefacts the owner... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The curator truly makes this museum- He is a one man show- who tells stories and provides a hands on demonstration of many of his unique museum pieces. The musuem is fairly small - and the curator will stop his talk when EACH GUEST arrives (since he was the only employee when we visited- and perhaps always)- but while he... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a nice collection of KGB items. The owner can be hard to understand at times, but give a decent tour of his collection. You get to touch some guns and take some pictures! He should definitly make a schedule for his tours - he is always interrupted by someone at the door!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We expected to learn at least the major facts on how KGB was organized, how they grew the network, the profile of typical KGB members, some most important actions, activities, how they cooperated with other communists states, etc. Instead, shallow background on 2nd WW, "gulaks", few dates and several times repeated all of the previous KGB acronyms. We felt that... More

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

Opinion of the real gentleman - All surrounding people people simply clowns who repeat same several times. The course of lectures on "History of secret services of Russia" consists of 72 lectures for 2 hours for 18 months (FSB Academy of the Russian Federation) Whether it is possible to tell about it in 45 minutes? Therefore it is told about... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Everything is interesting to see but the owner adds the magic, he is passionate about his collection. Everyone should go see, it only 300 czk to get in, good value for money! He even lets you get hands on with his collection, and as long as no flash, photos are a must, the owner insists!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

The entry fee is 300 CzK for adults and 200 for children. The owner presents his impressive collection of KGB items in a colourful manner. His English is OK but at times I was struggling to keep up and understand as he spoke really fast. Despit this he really makes the items come alive. You get photo opportunities to hold... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Would have been quite interesting if you just walked around on your own, but the magic comes from the crazy Russian owner who was brilliant! He tells a great story and is obviously passionate about the subject. If you don't enjoy the tour you must already be dead!

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