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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 service...

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 tried to pretend ourselves as bounties here ... was amazed to see the weapons how they are keep maintaining those all weapons till date...

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's is a little hard to find, but ask for the US embassy as it is next to that! The owner is a real character who gives a show for an hour explaining some of the odder and iconic exhibits. It really does need his show as there are very few signs of labels to help explain the items, unless... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We tried to pretend ourselves as bounties here ... was amazed to see the weapons how they are keep maintaining those all weapons till date...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is mostly a museum that displays objects from the cold war period together with panels explaining a certain feature of that time. It is worth the visit if you are the kind of person that enjoys ethnographic museums.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loads to see in this small mueum and the guide explains every thing with humour. Ask directions as the map is a little bit off. Allow approx 90 mind chance to handle various items.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When entering the small and slighty shabby museum space we stared to regret coming to the KGB museum. But then the owner and tour guide came and embraced us with his amazingly crazy personality and strong Russian accent and made us laugh so hard. We got to see a documentary clip from the USSR area and see and touch and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The only thing that makes this tiny museum interesting is the tour guide, i was laughing so hard that i had to excuse myself to "take a call" several times. The highlight of the tour is when the tour guide presented a grenade that he was about to throw out the window, but then he opened the top lid on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide was very funny. He gives you an insight in the Russian spy world. I would deffinetly reccomend this museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended to go here from a friend of ours and it was such an incredible experience! Andre is the mot enthusiastic and interesting guide ever - what a lad. Would recommend to anyone looking to learn a bit (well, a lot) of history when in Prague- imagine the best history lesson ever! Nice one, Andre!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At first we were a little unsure. We had to wait at the door and ring a bell. Eventually the curator/guide arrived took our money and invited us to join the other two visitors. What transpired from there was the most entertaining, informative and fascinating history lesson into the KGB, their methods and devices/weapons. Only a small museum located about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Coming from former USSR Republic, I was really fascinated by the collection of USSR spy equipment, weaponry, uniform and WWII items. The owner is lively and entertaining and suggests quite interesting interpretation of the history of the USSR. Visit to this museum is vital for understanding of the Soviet Ideology and the roots of contemporary resistance of Russia and the... 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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