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“Unusual but memorable!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of KGB Museum

KGB Museum
Mala Strana Vlasska 13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Ranked #28 of 277 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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“Unusual but memorable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

First of this is not a museum in the true sense of the word, more rooms filled with shelves and display cases full of memorabilia from the Cold War specifically concentrating on the KGB, what sets it apart is the highly eccentric and energetic figure of the museums owner who gives hourly tours around the museum, he is ex-Soviet military himself and has and in-depth knowledge of the items he is explaining, which he demonstrates in an eccentric style that you will remember long after you have left the museum. He also has USSR are memorabilia for sale if you are into that sort of thing! Lots of lethal apparatus primarily designed for spies such as concealed throwing knives and suchlike, probably more for the boys than the girls.

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“More of a show and tell. ”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Despite exceptional passion and effort from the owner of the museum, this was a real let down. We went to the museum with hopes of getting a good idea of what Prague was like during the Cold War, instead we were shown around someone's large collection of Soviet Union merch. It was more of a shrine to the cccp than a KGB museum, there was absolutely no mention of what the KGB actually did in Prague. I can understand why this has great reviews, I'm sure it's great if you are not too interested in the history. It was t what we were looking for so if you want a good history lesson don't spend the money on this.

This is a message to the owner, I've seen you get quite angry at bad reviews, please don't take this review the wrong way, it just didn't really hit the mark.

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“Extremely interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I came across this museum on Trip Advisor offline app. The description promised that the attraction would be interesting. Being born in the Soviet Union, I was really curious.
First of all the museum is located very conveniently within couple minutes walk from the Castle, so you can plan a visit when you head to the Castle area. Second, the collection is absolutely unique. It's a private collection, and the owner will give you a detailed tour with insights into the history of the Soviet secret service as well as into the history of the exhibits.
The collection includes spy cameras, weapons, GULAG clothes and utencils, after-death Lenin's mask, personal belongings of Dzerzhinsky and a lot of other stuff connected with the history of USSR.
The museum is certainly worth a visit. It it small but very rich.

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“So much passion, unlike any other museum ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This tiny little place is not a museum, it's the owners passion for sharing with you a story about the Russian KGB, and lots of little artifacts about Communist Russia, told with no bias, just an enthusiastic collector and one expert on the artifacts. At first 300 crowns for hour of looking around a museum seems a tad expensive compared with what you get at the castle, however the story the curator tells with his enthusiasm and passion for the subject as well as the added photo opportunities and the individual tours are worth it. Although he gives apologies for his poor English, it's very good especially the speed he downloads information to you! Plus anything you miss you get the idea on his perfectly choreographed demonstrations. Well worth it, and not worth missing out on!!!

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“Unique experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Extremely informative, the guy who does the tour (only a small museum but it had all the info) is very knowledgeable and passionate about this subject. With the added bonus he is as daft as a brush. Took family pics of me and the wife with various weapons and poses. Very good value at 300 CZK. Very good entertainment we would throughly recommend this place.

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