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KGB Museum

Mala Strana Vlasska 13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Ranked #23 of 269 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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Santa Monica, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed my visit to the KGB Museum. The owner provides about a 40 minute guided tour and he is enthusiastic, engaging and animated. Overall the museum glorifies the KGB and glosses over any negative aspects of the KGB, Stalin and the Soviet Union. However, the owner's opinions are themselves interesting and enlightening. He and I probably would not agree... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Would have enjoyed if the group was a bit larger as i felt neglected once other people walked in. Do this tour if you have any interest in military matters. Owner is very knowladgeable on the subject matter! Even though there was trinkets on sale we were never pushed towards making a purchuse! Would do it again

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

You will experience a range of emotions when you visit the KGB museum. The first will be confusion as you wonder if you have got the right place from the reviews and whether the museum is open...(it is) Then you might experience some regret as the museum is basically 2 rooms and you wonder what the fuss is all about....... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

The tour was very entertaining and the owner was extremely passionate, it was a bit pricey at 300 but it was enjoyable and interesting.

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St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

What an interesting place! The guy who gives the tour is just so into it and encourages your participation. Bonus, he took pictures of us holding different types of guns!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had a wonderful tour. The owner, as many have mentioned, makes the museum. He is passionate and entertaining. We have wonderful pictures and even better memories. Make time for this, you won't be disappointed!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We visited the museum during our short city break in Prague and had an entertaining tour from the eccentric Russian owner. He brought everything to life and made it fun and the museum was packed with loads of KGB memorabilia and gadgets. Would definitely recommend a visit.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The items on display at this tiny museum are interesting but it is the host's entertaining and amusing tour that makes it worth a visit. Not to be missed!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Very small but packed with interesting artifacts from the communist era. The owner/host gave a fantastically animated tour - including the weaponry! Lots of fun with the serious side.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We strolled over there on Sunday afternoon to get away from the crowds and it was perfect. The museum curator is a gem, he brings the story alive and keeps you interested and amused the whole 45 mins. He takes you on a historical tour through the Secret Service's history and brings it to life with stories and demonstrations of... More

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