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“Do not miss this on your trip to Prague” 5 of 5 stars
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KGB Museum
Vlasska, 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic (Mala Strana (Little Quarter))
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Ranked #38 of 1,243 things to do in Prague
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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.
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“Do not miss this on your trip to Prague”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This one man tour is fantastic he is full of enthusiasm.He get every person on the tour involved,you can hold,touch the exhibit you have plenty chances for photos.This is worth a visit when you come to Prague. *****

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“Highly recommend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Amazing experience, very interesting and informative tour, competent guide who's very passionate about his collection. I recommend to everyone who likes history, you won't be disappointed!

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“Slightly strange but informative tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Visited here today, not really knowing what to expect, but intrigued to visit while in Prague.

On entering greeted by a very welcoming guide, who continued to guide us through a small but very informative museum, with some amazing authentic items on show.

The guide talked us through each era of the Russian history under the various changing parts of the now KGB, with a lot of enthusiasm. Which also lead to me and my partner being photographed with various guns and uniforms.

Never thought I would be seen in a Russian uniform holding a AK-47 !!!!!!!

We also visited other museums while in Prague, and I would have to say this was probably the most enjoyable.

Particularly liked the realisation, that the museum is a 100 yds away from the American Embassy in Prague !!!!!!!

Good fun try it, worked out around £8 each.

Visited February 2013
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“Not disappointed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I was so looking forward to going here, and was not disappointed, the owner launched into a fantastic history an such an informative mini tour, I came away absolutely in awe, it is small but the information makes up for any of that. T shirts bit pricey, just can't get over the owners enthusiasm, dressing us up giving us guns to hold demonstrating weapon skills, bloody brilliant well done Alexi, make the effort to go.

Visited January 2013
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“Hands on activity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Andre provided an hour of fascinating entertainment, photo opportunities, and a warm refuge on a freezing day. He gave a personalised tour to our family of 5, revealing my anti gun lobby kids had a surprising knowledge of soviet firearms gleaned from combat gaming. The cost of the tour of this small museum of Secret Police collectables was judged as the best value by the children (10-15yrs) of Prague attractions.

Visited January 2013
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