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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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Brilliant little museum!

We saw this advertised and said 'that sounds fun!" It is a few doors down from the American Embassy and we gingerly opened the door to be met with a lovely welcome and told to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Cheshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We saw this advertised and said 'that sounds fun!" It is a few doors down from the American Embassy and we gingerly opened the door to be met with a lovely welcome and told to wipe our feet, then before we knew it we had machine guns in our hands and KGB caps and hats on our heads and were... More 

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Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The tour guy is crazy but the good kind of crazy. Very unique items that have amazing stories CIA :(

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This museum is small, but very interesting if you have any interest in 20th century history or in spy movies. The owner is a firecracker, full of interesting facts and anecdotes. It will only take 45 mins of your time, but leave a lifetime of impressions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Thanks to Trip Advisor, we made our way to this extraordinary little museum today. The wildly excitable commentary of the owner/guide alone made it worth the fairly high admission charge (c £10 a head). He brandishes deadly-looking knives, passes round machine-guns for all to heft, demonstrates everything from musical boxes to electric razors, and finishes by dressing you up in... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Just a former salesroom filled with junk wannabe associated with KGB. Please note, that KGB was a soviet secret police, not czech (we had a STB). It's the same type of monkey business as those sellers of russian matryoshka dolls and soviet military cap in the city centre. I should say that I'm not turist, I live nearby.

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

Monkeys business ... We are very pleased that a person so self-critical called his review. Indeed, another name for this funny review difficult to find. Man have not visited the Museum it is FACT . Such a funny review - the big rarity. Get real, you can't kill the truth, my friend! We invite all our friends to the Museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We really loved the visit in this museum. The curator seems to be nostalgic of the USSR. He is also extremely funny.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Nearing the end of our vacation here in Prague, wandering around and then my husband mentioned that he noticed this museum on Trip Advisor...so we said "why not?" It was definitely worth the walk/search for this place. For future travelers, please note that this place is located just up the street from the U.S. Embassy on Trziste Street...curious juxtaposition. Besides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great way to spend an hour or so if you are interested in history. My wife & I throughly enjoyed our visit here and walked away knowing a lot more about the KGB. The Owner/guide is very knowledgeable and animated and his collection is amazing.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Do not come to Prague without visiting this brilliant museum! One man guides you through his fantastic collection of historical KGB memorabilia bringing every piece to life with exciting stories about the world of the KGB. For us this was by far the best museum experience in Prague. Go, experience it for yourself and enjoy!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

One of the best things we did in Prague. This museum is a real treat and the guide brings the memorabilia to life! If you have had enough of endless British morons in the beer garden then this is the place to go!

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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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