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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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Interesting view, and very rare collection

First of all - don't take everything serious, the opinion of the owner - it's his opinion. And the way he introduce it targeted for tourists not from Russia at the first place... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all - don't take everything serious, the opinion of the owner - it's his opinion. And the way he introduce it targeted for tourists not from Russia at the first place, don't worry Russians not so crazy. The collection is private and rare. In Russia nobody gives this things to private person, only to museum, cause it's national... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum seems to be run by an ex-KGB agent (he does not talk much about himself) and runs tours every hour (no need to book in advance, just show up there). The tour has a KGB atmosphere with sometimes you feeling you are watched. Mostly, the guide talks about KGB weapons he has on display there and ways of... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the museum because of the good feedback on tripadvisor. The owner gives a tour through the two rooms of the museum and he himself is the most interesting exhibit. His opinion on history and politics is a role model for Russian/Sovjet propaganda. He bends it how it fits into his story. The Gulag was not as bad... More 

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I really envy you. You look out the window. This is actually a window is drawn on the wall. This window painted especially for you. The real world around you totally different. Do you think New York blew Osama bin Laden, Oswald killed Kennedy, Obama rightly received the Nobel Peace Prize and so forth. You must understand to criticize something,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide is very informative and funny. Had a great time there, and recommend to all others to visit this museum. It's a must !!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit to the KGB museum was fun, interesting and quirky. This is not your typical museum. Where else will a museum owner greeted you by placing a soviet cap on your head and weapons in your hands for a photo op? The funny and eccentric owner gives the tour. He describes what you're seeing and also shows you how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good place for visiting when you are in Prague! The excursion is impressive and funny. Totally recommended!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Good: museum owner is funny, animated, and has interesting things to say about the history of the KGB. There are lot of cool James Bond type of gadgets here, it's worth checking out The Bad: Beware the museum owner may start opining about current events, and his "facts" about modern issues are shaky at best. Also, if you want... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though the museum itself is rather small, it has a very impressive collection of stuff that looks very rare, such as special equipment and weapons that were used by KGB agents. Some of it you could only see in James Bond movies. I have no idea where the owner of this place got this stuff from. Also, this is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will never expect, what you get there. It is different, funny and interesting. Prepare yourself that you don't get a museum like u used to. I won't tell more, you have to discover. It's worth it. Do it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on the strength of other Trip Advisor reviews. It seemed like a place you'd either love or hate with the rapport built with the guide having a strong influence on that decision. When we got to the museum the guide had just started a tour with another couple. He allowed us to join that tour and said... 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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