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KGB Museum

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Address: Vlashska 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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KGB for many years have been of the most powerful and famous secret service...

KGB for many years have been of the most powerful and famous secret service in the world. The KGB museum 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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This was definitely my type of thing. I enjoyed the owner who guides you through his collection of KGB items. His passion for the subject and theatrical descriptions are a blast... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was definitely my type of thing. I enjoyed the owner who guides you through his collection of KGB items. His passion for the subject and theatrical descriptions are a blast to watch and listen to. He will let you hold some of the items and demonstrate how they are used. Fun time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are interested in European history it will give you new insights as well as knowledge of KGB. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is 10/10 and I cannot recommend it enough! The host definitely makes it; his knowledge is unparalleled and his passion for the topic makes him really fun to watch and listen to. He apologises for his 'bad English' but he actually has a really rich vocabulary and is not difficult to understand. He gauges his audience so if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been there and I surprised with an amazing and fascinating museum, the tour guide will take you to the history of KGB with alot of information with his amazing presentation. If you are in Prague don't miss that amazing moment to visit there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited museum after stumbling across an ad somewhere. Well, I was not disappointed by my visit to this place! It's in the city centre so you don't have to go far, you always visit it with guided excursions (basically this is what the price consists of) so you understand what you see and you are very welcome to ask... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is quite an expensive museum by Prague standards but we knew what this was before we visited; also the chap who run's it is a bit of a'charachter'...read some of the reply by the Russian chap who owns the museum and does the tours and you'll see what to expect haha! This museum is small yes but it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

That's just a great museum, with a great man who leads u through the true history of Soviet Union. That's really atmospheric place and u can't miss that. Also, U can touch and try almost all things, like machine guns, and equipment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We don't know what we enjoyed more, the weapon demos or the fascinating perspective on Soviet history.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not really a museum, just a small cluttered room full of stuff. The man there acts like a clown, jumping around like an old ninja, northing to do with KGB and not really any facts about KGB. Very disappointed. We left that place deeply depressed.

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

Where you have so much anger and hatred? Probably when you travel by plane, you wear a special mask that you do not bite neighbors ... You can do anything to report on the merits of the case, except for insults? More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Right around the corner from the Embassy of the United States in Prague is this small little museum that is owned by a gentleman who conducts the tour personally. He doesn't say, but my suspicion is that he was KGB and possibly a second-generation member. He is obviously extremely well-connected given the depth of his collection which includes some very... 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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