Speculum Alchemiae Museum
Speculum Alchemiae Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Our museum called Speculum Alchemiae, is situated in one of the oldest houses in Prague. There are secret alchemical laboratories from the 16th century in the museum underground that were built for the king Rudolf II. The alchemists of that time used to prepare elixirs in there. The museum building also includes a shop, where equal elixirs can be bought. These elixirs are prepared under strict conditions according to their original recipes which have been found here. Newly, we also offer a unique tour of magical places in Prague which are connected with the Speculum Alchemiae museum. The guided tour includes the Prague Castle, Vysehrad, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and the museum. At these places you learn about many amazing legends and mythological stories associated with the so-called Prague Magical Triangle.
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Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighborhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 7 min walk
  • Republic square • 10 min walk
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  • Childofthewoods
    Maidstone, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing glimpse of ‘forbidden’ history
    We went on the 30 minute tour of the alchemist rooms underground and it was excellent! Our guide was very knowledgeable and it was so interesting and informative- we wish the tour lasted longer! That being said he packed in so much information in that short space of time and inspired us to learn more.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • SofiGunner
    Budapest, Hungary9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would definitely recommend
    Very interesting guided tour! The guide was well prepared and shared a lot of information and insights. The objects on display are authentic and really cool. The only negative is you can only pay cash, but there's an ATM nearby. Nevertheless I would definitely recommend visiting it!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2023
  • John B
    25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit but know what your buying
    If you been to Paris and done the catacombs this is NOT that. But it’s a good little 30mins and not expensive all considering. Our tour guide spoke good English albiet a little fast after the main front of the shop your taking into the back room for some background before desending into the cellar and tunnel area. It’s about 6 rooms which your not allowed to enter, the guide explains the background and is truthful enough to advise some of the stuff is reproduction/manufactured. There’s no getting round it, its a creepy little place wouldn’t want to be locked down there! Worth it
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Flounder1708
    Brisbane, Australia243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun place to visit.
    It was a great tour and lots of history. Really enjoyed the recreated room and the history as well as the tour through the tunnels. The guide was great and incredibly knowledgeable with the only downside being her strong accent. A fun tour.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Marwan Z
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed!
    We were actually hesitating whether to go or not, but this turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip to Prague that we tell everyone about. What we quite enjoyed is the authenticity of the place, the extremely proper organization, and the knowledge of the tour guides! Once you book, you will be assigned a time slot part of a guided tour, and then taken from room to room in this well preserved maze! Really quite a memorable tour!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Tähvo 'Ghost' Roberts
    Bath, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit!
    A quirky and well laid out shop front with a fun and interesting hidden tour that delves into the history surrounding alchemy and hidden tunnels in Prague. Our tour guide was very friendly, informative, and professional. Great experience and gained a lot of knowledge from our trip.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • JeremyH_UK
    Durham, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best new museum in Prague!
    Really amazing place that I can't recommend enough. This basement was discovered during the 2002 floods and houses alchemists' laboratories from the 17th century. It houses an alchemists' laboratory, complete with furnaces and the remnants of their researches on the transmutation of elements and manufacture of elixirs for consumption by the rich (including the holy Roman Emperor). We had a wonderfully knowledgeable guide for our tour. Our specific tour is not listed, but we just went to the location during opening hours and paid cash at the door. They don't take credit cards, at least in summer 2023.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Jeremy Y
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, Interesting Tour
    Fun, interesting tour through previous alchemist labs and tunnels. Some of the items in the labs are recreations, but it still felt very authentic. High recommend. Note: the museum only accepts cash so ensure you have Korunas or Euros available
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 12, 2024
  • The Czech Advisor
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Speculum Alchemiae Museum (Muzeum Speculum Alchemiae) The Czech Advisor
    en, It was amazing. We recommend. Just be careful so you dont fall there a lot of rocks on the ground. cz, Bylo to hezké. Doporučujeme. Jenom buďte opatrný ať nespadnete je tam hodně kamenů na zemi.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Gary M
    Leeds, United Kingdom535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really interesting tour!
    A fascinating tour about alchemy, I would recommend it to anyone who visits Prague. The tours are led by a knowledgeable guide and last about 30 mins. Feedback regarding the positions! Make some tiny ones, maybe less than 100ml so we can take them home in our carry on!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 14, 2024
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Chris.al
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The tour was excellent and if you want to learn about the history of alchemy in Prague in a genuine setting it is definitely the place to go. However, taking into account you can get a three hours tour in town (tip based) for more or less the same, one should be aware it is only a tour of half an hour. I would've loved to hear a little more about the art of alchemy, what people believed etc. Maybe including that a tour could take a little longer.
Written February 16, 2020
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Marcela P
33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This place was very cool!
They have even one original elixir in exhibition.
And they sell newly brewed ones.
The guide was great, she knew a lot of facts outside from the planned story during the tours.
I absolutely recommend it.

But call/email beforehand, because they only have guided tours and in several languages, so you need to know when one in your language will happen.
Written October 28, 2021
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joanne
Poulton Le Fylde, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
My husband was keen to go on this visit and tour and it was one of the best things we did during our three day stay in Prague. The tour guide was superb and so knowledgeable but it was so interesting to hear the history of the building and to discover the secret tunnels and various underground rooms. Brilliant!
Written March 16, 2022
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Victoria S
Kokkola, Finland24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Very atmospheric and definitely worth a visit, just remember to check ahead at what times the guided tours start as you're not allowed to enter on your own. What we thought was missing in the presentation given by our guide was information about the actual practices of alchemists and the uses of different tools displayed. Our guide also spoke very fast which sometimes made it difficult to keep up, but we appreciated that there was time for questions after each segment. All in all, the tour is more for entertainment than educational purposes. An addition I would like to suggest for the gift shop is more literature about the subject for those wishing to really dive into it.
Written August 7, 2022
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Arnie
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The Speculum Alchemiae Museum is a perfect mix of thorough scholarship and campy displays! A must-see for history buffs and creatures of the night. The tour guide was especially knowledgeable and funny. You could spend an hour reading all the signage or just skip to the 20-minute guided tour of their hilarious tableaux.
Written April 20, 2022
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Jeremy Y
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Fun, interesting tour through previous alchemist labs and tunnels. Some of the items in the labs are recreations, but it still felt very authentic. High recommend. Note: the museum only accepts cash so ensure you have Korunas or Euros available
Written January 12, 2024
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Corinne W
Amsterdam, The Netherlands117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We found this on Atlas Obscura and were so happy... definitely recommended for the whole family. Tours starts every 30 min on the hour/half hour. We were the only ones visiting at the time so had a private tour with a guide who was a great storyteller. She walks you through some of the history of alchemy in Prague which helps understand why this house is special. You then go down a few steps to look at the labs underground. I won't write all the fun til bits we learned but we all loved it. And we were happy we visited this museum over the other options dotted around the city. Definitely visit here!!
Written July 10, 2020
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Nadav B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Extremely atmospheric, old-world vibes, even by Prague standards! An absolute must for anyone who has even a passing interest in the occult.

The tour was concise and reasonably priced, and the back rooms and catacombs were absolutely incredible. Bear in mind the museum can only be accessed by guide, once an hour. Our guide was excellent and informative. The gift shop was to die for!
Written September 14, 2022
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geord359
High Spen, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This museum essentially showcases a number of underground rooms and tunnels that were discovered about 20 years ago. Because they had been sealed off and forgotten about you effectively get a time capsule containings relics from bohemian history. The various contents of the site range from chemistry equipment to the tools that were used to attempt to make gold. All in all, its a very interesting place to visit and provides insight into a little known side of Prague.
Written March 23, 2023
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Millie B
London, UK124 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Went after a friend personally recommended this, she thought it was really interesting. Maybe because of this I went in with expectations too high.

It was a very short tour of some interesting underground rooms, which are tackily decorated to ‘recreate’ what the rooms might have looked like when the alchemist supposedly lived there. But some of it seemed quite random: e.g. dresses on mannequins in the reception room seemed out of place.

I couldn’t really understand the guide - the snippets about how the church viewed alchemy at the time was interesting- but she was talking too fast and I didn’t catch much of what was said. It altogether felt very rushed.

Not worth the money, the time waiting for the tour to start, or the time spent on the tour itself.

Maybe visit for a unique shop but don’t bother with the ‘museum’!
Written February 9, 2024
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