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“Worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of KGB Museum

KGB Museum
Mala Strana Vlasska 13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Ranked #23 of 297 attractions in Prague
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We were looking for something different for an hour or so and this was just the place. The russian guy who runs this place is absorbed by the history and really does like to share the detail with those who enter.
Get your camera out and pose as russian guards complete with guns & hats.

Visited October 2013
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“Extremely fun overall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

It is by all means a small but very interesting private collection with a lot of interesting timepieces.
The owner is what makes this attraction a 5- star one though, he is extremely entertaining and a lot of fun to listen to.The museum tour also involves wearing kgb hats and taking pictures with old weaponry ,and there are a lot of interesting gadgets like gun barrels inside a cigarette box or an old mechanic razor used in the goulag.
The owner is just the absolute highlight of the attraction in my opinion, and i would definitely recommend this museum to anybody.

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“A well deserved excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Don't be put off by the slightly steep price. This is well worth the visit. Interactive is taken to a new level - the owner gets you dressed up in KGB hats and gives you guns so you can have your photos taken with them! A little bit cheesy, but you cannot question the passion, or the quality of the collection. Just the right mix of interesting, fun and slightly off beat to make the whole experience well worth the entry fee.

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“Definitely different. Worth a look.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

The curator is passionate about his collection and able to explain the various pieces in detail. It is good someone with passion has these relics and is able to tell their story. There is no doubt the bloke is an eccentric character in my view that made it even more fun. (You would need to be a bit eccentric to deal with tourists 7 days a week!) as others have said plenty of photos with guns, knives and hats which I could understand some would find off putting. Overall worth a visit if you are interested in the subject matter.

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“You're in for a few surprises !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Found this place on TA and we need to kill a couple of hours so off we went. Its located just up from the American Embassy, rather apt. Apparently the curator, a passionate, slight eccentric Russian starts his tours on the hour so we waited outside. This maybe the case in the height of the season but in October I think he free styles ! Anyway in we went, its 300 czk each, didn't haggle, this guy's got a machine gun on his desk ! First off we got to put on Russian hats and each hold a gun whilst mien host took pictures ( not posting these as we look ridiculous ! ). Now his English is far better than our Russian but it took a while to tune into his accent but once we did we understood most things.
The museum is basically three rooms filled with some amazing memorabilia and artefacts covering the history of the Russian security service and the Red Army in general. Some of the things he shows and tells you about are truly fascinating, he also has a impish sense of humour so you've been warned. You are able to take photos but without flash so as to preserve the items on display.
You're tour can become a little disjointed as others enter the museum so if possible get there on the hour.
What was very interesting to us was learning what a Gulag was and how they worked in the old days.

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