Speculum Alchemiae Museum

Speculum Alchemiae Museum, Prague: Hours, Address, Speculum Alchemiae Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Speculum Alchemiae Museum
4.5
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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
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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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JRMADA
United States857 contributions
Don’t miss this when visiting Prague. This is a very unique place with some interesting history. Unlike someone said here, no one tried to get us to buy anything. The tour was very informative and the guide took her time to explain series of events and answer any questions. This place is well preserved and some amazing pictures can be taken. It is not about wizards and magic (not Harry Potter like), but about science and chemistry. The entry fee is reasonable, but they only take cash payments, so bring cash with you. At this time, they take Euros and the exchange favors you, but if you read this sometime in the future, please contact them for accepted currency. Not suitable for kids under 10, or people with limited mobility. We loved it and hope you do too.
Written July 20, 2022
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Victoria S
Kokkola, Finland22 contributions
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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joanne
Poulton Le Fylde, UK12 contributions
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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Marcela P
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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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Arnie
7 contributions
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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tashcat
Prague, Czech Republic9 contributions
Family
Although this is only a 30 minute tour - ideal for teens who can’t cope with boring museums! - it is packed with interesting information from an obviously knowledgeable guide who wasn’t phased by any questions. It would be perfect for Harry Potter fans but has also inspired me to learn more about Rudolf II. It was my second visit as I loved it so much the first time! Thank you Daniela.
Written June 19, 2020
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CarbonChauvinist
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As with many other museums in Prague, this was a great tour but it seemed over before it actually started. Especially for such an interesting and unique topic it leaves you wanting more. So it seems quite expensive in the end.
That being said it's absolutely great look at alchemists life moment in history, the guide was fantastic, very approachable, informative and humorous. Hats off to the lady.
Written February 13, 2020
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Dear CarbonChauvinist, thank you for your review. We are very glad that you liked the tour in our museum, and your appreciation of our tourguide is especially nice of you, so thank you for this as well. You are right, the topic of alchemy is very interesting, broad and complex, so it may seem that 30 minutes is not nearly enough. The tours here are meant to be mainly an introduction to said topic, so that people can do their own reserach later and focus on the part of alchemy they prefer. Anyway, thank you again. We wish you a great day. team of Speculum Alchemiae
Written February 29, 2020
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Chris.al
6 contributions
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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Corinne W
Amsterdam, The Netherlands123 contributions
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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Helen L
Athens, Greece525 contributions
Couples
Αlong with the Illusions Art Museum of Prague, it is an alternative and unique experience. The tour is just 30 minutes, however you learn very interesting information about this time period. It is interesting that it was discovered just 20 years ago and there are also tunnels that lead directly to the Clock and the Castle.
Written February 14, 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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