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KGB Museum

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Address: Vlasska, 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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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Amazing place with the owner/guide so full of enthusiasm. His moves and voice control are worth the admission alone.Plenty to see and explanations as to how certain devices killed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Amazing place with the owner/guide so full of enthusiasm. His moves and voice control are worth the admission alone.Plenty to see and explanations as to how certain devices killed there victims given. Cloak and dagger stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The owner of the museum is the collector and the one who guides you through. His grand father is from Finland and was the first KGB officer from other country. He is the one who makes all the items alive and make this museum so special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Unusual museum with bizarre and funny guide. Price is bit expensive for Prague, however I highly recommend to visit this place!

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We visited the museum not knowing what to expect, we walked out having loved every bit of it! The owner is amazing, his knowledge is fabulous and he clearly loves to share his stories with everyone who enters. The pieces inside the museum are VERY interesting, the museum allows to you a view of history not typically shared. Even my... More 

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Wauconda, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We visited Museum recently and we loved that! What strike right a way is very unique collection of the KGB items, and very real items, not a papier-mache ones. Owner of the museum in fact very passion about what he is covering, for some, it's looks weird. Would highly recommend!

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Went through this ~museum~ in about 10 minutes. I would call this a collection of "stuff" related to the KGB rather than a museum though.

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Guest Relations Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

This cute young man confused the museums-left review in the wrong place. He did not visit our Museum. In our Museum excursion length 50-60 minutes and move independently in the Museum is prohibited. Welcome friends !!! More 

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

It was such a weird experience! I do agree that the management's comment on the review is weird and not very professional however the weirdness of the person that showed us around was the nice thing about this tour. He creates a funny atmosphere and doesn't bore you out like other museums di. Yes there isn't a lot to show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The owner is very enthusiastic and explains everything! It is a small place but very interesting. I would definitely recommend it if this is something you are interested in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Amazing, couple of small rooms filled with amazing pieces with a story behind them all. This place is amazing because of Andy, the passionate owner of this museum who showed us around the rooms with glowing pride, letting us take pictures holding historic guns and knives with hats on our heads A must see for Prague :-) Only negative, 350kc... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is not so much a museum as a small shop containing some KGB related paraphinalia. The room is quite small and the lower floor a bit of a joke containing only a few photos and a glass case with a Lenin death mask inside. If not for the owner/guide, who is a show on his own, I wouldn't recommend... More 

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Public Relations Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

We watched a video camera central entrance for the year 2015. This man did not visit the Museum. When you view a complete profile of the traveler that he visited several cafes, restaurants, a ride on the Segway, and suddenly wanted to visit our Museum (!) on the content of the review, it is clear that have author learned about... 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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