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KGB Museum

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Address: Vlasska, 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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Brilliant!!

Can honestly say the tour guide is a legend. I've visited many such museums in former SSR's and this is up there with the best of them. Informative, passionate and totally... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Can honestly say the tour guide is a legend. I've visited many such museums in former SSR's and this is up there with the best of them. Informative, passionate and totally bonkers. His 'moves' were most impressive. I highly recommend this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As mentioned elsewhere, the host makes the attraction and it's worth it, even if pretty expensive for such a short experience. Then after the show you need a follow up lesson on the USSR for your children, in case they attended. Disappointed that there are very few things about cold war operations, mostly focused on earlier days.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Tour guide is the most passionate guide I've ever met. Very quirky and so many great pieces in his collection. He was so accommodating even when juggling the many groups wanting to come in. Top marks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The host loves communism and hates nazis. A good boay at the end of the day. Cant't recommend enough. Large collection and just facts. Boay loves his Grover Furr.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very very interesting tour. Lots of weaponry information - with our incredibly passionate guide giving us many displays. If you don't care for weapons then this maybe isn't for you. My husband and I loved it though. The guide, part of his charm was his broken English and his very animated stories from Russia.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not your usual run of the mill museum, you can't browse at your own leisure but instead are subjected to an erratic tour by a very passionate guide. English is hard to follow and he jumps to and from items without much linkage. Didn't really learn anything. Had a few patronising 'open your mind' comments when guide wanted answers to... More 

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Front Office Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

Alex, you can calm down, no we have already forgiven you for what you have dropped the dummy. It is a veritable nonsense. The lecture has been formulated very wisely, can the information in your head fit correctly? You're not thinking about it? You didn't think about the historical facts can tell more colorful and informative? I know history textbooks... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been wanting to do this each time I have been here. This time we found the place went in and it said 350 per person!!! That is a lot of money. I am sure that he gives a lot of info but at 350 I will buy a book

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

In this case it is recommended to buy less beer and burgers. Then you will have enough money to visit the Museum and will even be able to buy a book about Harry Potter. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite difficult to find and when you do, it is almost like a little shop front. Inside its amazing. Run (and owned?) by a very interesting Russian guy - there are many artifacts from the Cold War. Be prepared to join in the discussion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting and informative little place run by quite a character. You get a personalised tour around the museum. Lots of interesting items to look at and i learnt a lot of the history of modern Russia that i wasn't aware of

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The guide has thorough knowledge of the KGB and the exhibit houses many interesting artifacts and real-life objects/weapons used by the KGB. The 1940s patriotic documentary filmed in color was particularly interesting. However, this is not a typical museum that lets you wander around at your own pace - one has to partake in the tour of the somewhat cramped... More 

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Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
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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