Speculum Alchemiae Museum
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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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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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Corinne W
Amsterdam, The Netherlands123 contributions
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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Helen L
Athens, Greece525 contributions
Feb 2022 • 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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Jana B
12 contributions
Sep 2022
Such a neat experience! The tour (every half hour, but alternating between English and Czech language) took you to an underground lab from the late 16th century, discovered fairly recently. The lab was hidden in the Jewish ghetto and served King Rudolf II. Definitely stop by for a quick and unique experience!
Written September 21, 2022
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Stefan C
Bad Rappenau, Germany20 contributions
Jul 2020
One of the best experiences in Prague. It was incredibly interesting. An old house with a hidden alchemy laboratory underneath it. It's like going back in time.
A special thanks to our guide, a young fellow with a lot of helpful information who had an answer for every question we had. He was very good prepared and spoke English very well. He made the tour much more interesting.
Written August 1, 2020
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Lee C
Westhoughton, UK6 contributions
Jul 2022
Great way to experience this unique bit of history. Don't get this mixed up with the other alchemist and magic "museum". This one is the real deal. A true mix or real and recreated artefacts. Very good guide throughout (guided only) and genuinely, interesting and very unique.
Written August 2, 2022
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Sasha B
Sarasota, FL4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
I loved this tour, it was easily the best one from my vacation. The tour guide was so passionate about the history of Prague and alchemy. She clearly does her research and it was SO fascinating to learn about it. She was really funny too! Props to her, she made this tour worthwhile. And it’s rare to go to a underground centuries old laboratory that the king and alchemists once used to conduct their research. TRULY a hidden gem of Prague.

Regardless of your opinion on alchemy, there is a lot of history on it (considering it was an old science) especially in Prague, which used to be the epicenter of science, trading, education and alchemy. I think the only reason ppl won’t like it is because it’s not to their taste, because..yeah it’s about alchemy not everyone is into that. Anyways I loved this tour and everything about it. It was interesting, education, fun, engaging, enthusiastic and memorable. Please check it out!
Written January 17, 2020
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Dear 988sashab, Thank you so much for this nice review. We are that that our tourguide managed to make the tour so enjoyable for you. The topic of alchermy might not be for everyone, you're right, but it definitely is interesting nevertheless. We are happy to hear that our museum and the tour made such a good impression with you. Thank you once again. With best wishes, team of Speculum Alchemiae
Written February 15, 2020
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Christopher T.S.
4 contributions
Jan 2020
Stumbled upon this great shop and museum while wandering in Prague. The alchemists' catacombs are authentic and amazing and our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgable, and entertaining. I bought 500 mls of immortality elixir and have a thimbleful every morning after I exfoliate.
Written January 8, 2020
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Dear Cscott54, Thank you very much for your nice review. We are happy that you were able to find our museum in the beutiful city of Prague, even only by a coincidence. Since you bought the elixir of youth, we can't wait to welcome you back here in the next hundred years (or sooner, of course). Until then, we wish you all the best. team of Speculum Alchemiae Prague
Written January 11, 2020
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Robyn J
Coventry, UK19 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We stumbled across this wonderful place by chance and it turned out to be one of the best things we did.

Our tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and was great at answering all of our questions. The history, along with the myths and theories of this hidden place are astonishing. A complete must if you’re ever visiting Prague!
Written September 20, 2020
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Brian L
Chicago, IL299 contributions
Oct 2022
A short tour but one worth taking if you're into this kind of stuff.

I came in somewhat on a whim, just before the start of a new tour. There were four of us, which seemed appropriate for the size of the spaces.

Our tour guide was new, but she did a fantastic job nonetheless with giving us cool facts and details about the space.

There are lots of cool objects and items. Some authentic, some rebuilt, some just for show. You have to guess which is which before the sand in the hourglass empties or everyone dies.

There's even a shop where you can purchase versions of the opium-laden potions of the past. Too bad they're not the same.

PS, everyone in our group was wearing all black. It's that kind of place ;)
Written November 2, 2022
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SaintsRock
Newcastle Upon Tyne228 contributions
Oct 2022
This museum is really interesting and the history behind it is amazing. The fact it was only discovered in 2002 due to flooding is astounding. The young lady who took us round and told us the history was lovely and very informative. I won't ruin how you get to the caves, but it was the highlight for us. There's a gift shop to buy various elixir objects , please note though, they only take cash.
It doesn't take long to go round, but it's definitely worth a visit.
Written October 31, 2022
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