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KGB Museum

Vlashska 591/13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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Attention !!! Tours are NOT CONDUCTED for one person. The minimum number of people in group two. 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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Vlashska 591/13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I recommend refreshing some Russian history before visiting. The guide was very passionated and put on a great show, so regardless of knowledge-level you will be entertained. To maximize the experience however, a little bit of forehand preparation might come in handy! Sometimes the english...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Spooky yet a great atmosphere! The guide put on a show with his foreign english (russian-english) and sound effects. Recommended! Tip of the day - Deep marks along the blade makes it stronger.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The door opened 45 minutes after the advertised time for starters. The operator had a very distinct Russian accent which made it difficult to understand his disjointed commentary. The presentation went on to describe Russian actions during WW11 and their weaponary, but had almost no...More

Thank RoddogTasmania
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MuseumKGBinPrague, Owner at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I remember you, kid. You and your mom is better to visit the Museum of Lego. Believe me you simply could not understand what you are saying. I told you about for more than an hour of the KGB and you wrote about the Nazi...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know online it says opens at 1000 but noticed two days in a row the sign said 1030 start of first tour. Need more than one person. This is my second time. Guide is eccentric as ever, but he has added some more material....More

Thank familytravelermostly
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a relatively small museum but crammed full with interesting collection of KGB and soviet related items. So pretty good start but what really makes this place is the owner who provides an hour long narrative and demonstration. He is truly passionate about his...More

Thank KevMac1960
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was very entertaining and the owner is such a fun character. He's quite eccentric and likes to reenact the way all the weapons in the museum were used. He has a pretty heavy Russian accent so be prepared!! It is basically just a...More

Thank Zoe W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the single greatest museum I have ever been to in my entire life and I've been to a few. Its raised the bar for both education and entertainment. The owner gave excellent demonstrations of the artefact and weapons and provided incredibly immersive sound...More

Thank thewaiterguy
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MuseumKGBinPrague, General Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your Visit .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ventured along here as had good trip advisor rating . Didn't read reviews . ..Certainly lives up to them . The museum has some interesting exhibits but the maim attraction is the talk delivered by the owner. He is very knowledgeable and the talk is...More

2  Thank Catherine D
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Not a museum at all. The owner is funny, like a bad theatre character. Demonstration of weapons (with haevy breathes) rather that any historical experience. Beautiful collection associated with approximative knowledge. A big waste of time. Run away!More

2  Thank Herveline F
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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Great history specialist, a very smart lady ( She was not allowed to go with two babies in strollers ( Madame, kids will disturb other visitors) . Left the children outside and gone one . This we have already seen. United States fought against Germany...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

Where do I begin?! We saw the KGB museum on Google maps and noticed it had got good TripAdvisor reviews, so thought we would go. The first thing to notice was that the frontage of the museum seems to have been styled on Bargain Booze...More

3  Thank Laura M
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matthoney5
July 18, 2017|
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Response from Lilian_Ratto | Reviewed this property |
He is a really intelligent man, with a great knowledge about his business, funny and passionate about his work!!! He great fun when he presents his museum to the visitors!!
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lynn t
March 22, 2016|
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Response from Alex K | Reviewed this property |
Like 250-350. I forgot. But don't go. It is a terrible museum. Trust me.
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PeterDane
February 15, 2016|
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Response from Dada E |
The guide is the owner, and yes, he is English speaking. Tours start when people arrive :) if you are there early the tour starts with you, if there is already a group you can join. On Monday is closed, visiting hours: 9:00... More
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