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KGB Museum

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Address: Vlashska 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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I was there yesterday ( Friday 26/8/16 ) with my wife, I didn't read any reviews, so went in with an open mind, it was 350 Czk per person, the guide asked us if we would like to... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was there yesterday ( Friday 26/8/16 ) with my wife, I didn't read any reviews, so went in with an open mind, it was 350 Czk per person, the guide asked us if we would like to come in, we obviously said yes, then the craziness began! To start off with we were the only people in the museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Really it takes you back in time where secret agents from KGB where doing their best to infiltrate in foregn countries and acquire information.

Thank dim1981kar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The guys who runs the museum is as mad a a March Hare, but that is very much part of the appeal because his passion for the KGB and his knowledge of all things spy related (including Ian Fleming and the associations with 007) are fantastic. It's only a small museum, so don't expect to do much walking, but some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent an excellent morning here! The museum advertises its opening time as 10 am. We arrived at 9.45 and waited, along with another couple of visitors. Just after 10 the owner popped out to tell us that he would be opening at 10.35. (This kind of pointed towards the eccentric nature of the experience!) We went for a cup of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful tour...absolutely must visit, if u like anything to do with Soviet Era and spy stuff..you will love this place... its a small place and not more than half a dozen can be accommodated but then, its best that way, so that Andrei (owner of the place) can give u undivided attention plus his accent makes it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The musuem is composed of two rooms, literally full of weapons and spy equipment. The guide will explaine you everything for about 90 mins. According to the size of the musuem, only few persons can stay inside: maybe you should wait the next tour. But be sure to not miss: it s absolutely worthy and the guide is great.

Thank Maurizio N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Simply amazing! My wife and I had been travelling around Europe and this was by far the most memorable part of our 5 week expedition! I am a big fan of all things Soviet/Russian so this was right up my alley. The owner/guide was very enthusiastic and if I am honest the broken English actually added value to the experience,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

, lots of gudgets and great performance by the tour guideA nice and light tour, about the WWII Russion KGB days

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Badly surprised! Needed to wait on a street in front. A tour scheduled delayed, still do not know why. A gentleman who was disorganized himself made the tour crazy. Expected much much more. So those who would like to see something from the communist years and also who would not mind very weak management of tours and the museum itself... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have time, take this tour. Interest items on display and a crazy Russian gives the tour. It is on the street with the US Embassy! Are they still spying?

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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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