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KGB Museum

Vlashska 591/13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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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 March 13, 2013 via mobile

Although a little pricey 250kc - the guy running it made it definitely worthwhile. We got to try out kgb hats and hold guns and pose for pics on our own cameras. It took about an hour.

Thank Cassandra J
Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Only a small museum however what it lacks in size it makes up for in character. Tour guide was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable and he let's you play dress up with hats and guns which was cool. Some of the items are really interesting such...More

2  Thank Jilly K
Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

The museum is quite small, but full of interesting things. This in combination with a very enthusiastic guide made it a very memorable experience for us.

2  Thank Marlene P
Reviewed March 8, 2013

my favourite trip in prague. i would say a must to any visitor. the place is only small but so much inside its like a tardis. the guide is great and you get hands on with some of the gadgets. quote trip advisor on leaving...More

2  Thank vinny3042
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Very interesting input. Especially for me, being a daughter of the ex-KGB agent. A lot of new information. Our guide seemed to still living in that era, which I found truly inspiring, and he was deeply inspired by his work. The experience that I gained...More

2  Thank manuna38
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Liked learing about what life was like during the Communist era. The exhibits were well explained in a number of languages and there was an excellent film as well. The space was a bit cramped but not a huge problem.

2  Thank Patricia S
Reviewed March 5, 2013

This is essentially an enthusiasts collection of KBG items in one room. Even so, I loved it The "tour guide" is a real character and very knowledgeable about his collection. He gets you to play dress up with hats and guns and gives you the...More

Thank Heauld
Reviewed March 5, 2013

This museum is actually the owners impressive personal collection, he is very passionate on the subject and has some great info.The museum itself is pretty small with only 2 rooms with no fancy gimmicks or modern interactive exhibits. I found the tour very interesting but...More

1  Thank Fraser C
Reviewed March 5, 2013

I wasn't too sure I would enjoy this museum as I don't know much about the Soviet state or the KGB but my partner really wanted to go and so we planned to go after we had been to the castle. It is easy to...More

1  Thank Squible
Reviewed March 3, 2013

When we entered we were slightly worried that the apparently small size of the museum wouldn't provide value for money but we couldn't have been more wrong! The owner of the museum guided us through its entirety and knew his stuff. He made us join...More

1  Thank Hugh0406
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
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lynn t
How much is the entrace fee
March 22, 2016|
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Response from MuseumKGBinPrague | Property representative |
We don't believe you, Alex. When you finally ease? By the way, your relatives are asking you at least call.
Will it be open next week? Do I just turn up there and join a group ? Is the tour guide English-speaking? Do the tours start on the hour?
February 15, 2016|
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
is it open in february
September 17, 2015|
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Response from Topcattcracing | Reviewed this property |
I think it's open all year round.You are about to be entertained. Creemenals!