Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague
2.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Prague is a golden, mysterious city with one hundred spires, and for all that it thanks among other to the alchemists, who belong to it inseparably. It is gold plated by their philosopher's stone produced perhaps in one of its hundred towers - in Mihulka, or maybe in Kelley's tower in the House of the Donkey by the Cradle in a mysterious laboratory. Now you can get there by visiting the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of old Prague, where you can look under the lids of bowls of emperor Rudolf's alchemists.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Malá 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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hildisvini_96
Manchester, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
First of all.. Ignore the negative reviews if you actually understand anything about history- There is a lot of unknowns and speculation in the history of Alchemy that's why the guides say "Maybe" a lot etc. Also the place never claims to have any genuine artefacts of the time (visit Speculum Alchemiae for that, which I've visited and its very good.) The things you see are fantastical reconstructions of historic events- it's well done and not tacky at all.

1 ticket gets you entry to the Alchemy Museum and the Ghosts and Legends Museum. Around 200CZK its good value for money if you visit both museums and spend time there. You also get discount in the Kellyxir bar.
Written January 13, 2020
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Graeme R
Abergavenny, UK33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Went here yesterday and was not impressed at all. The first room had lots of posters with small writing on them, detailing the history or alchemy. However it was impossible to concentrate on what was being said because one of the women who worked there walked up and down the length of the first room talking VERY loudly on her mobile phone the entire time. After putting up with this for 10 minutes we left in disgust.
Written March 5, 2020
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Lotsch
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
After the poor reviews here, we alsmost skipped this museum. But we ended up going and were very pleasantly surprised! The exhibition is small but lovingly staged. Lots of written information is available in various languages; mainly English and Czech. The young girl who guided us for the second part of the tour was doing a great job. Both guide and written info made a clear distinction between fact, fiction and lore.
The girl in reception was equally friendly, and we had no problems paying with credit card.
The downstairs pub continued on the same theme, serving reasonably priced food and drinks with a twist. Smoke, fire and well made cocktails was the perfect roundup.
Also here we were met by great staff, who really went the extra mile to suggest specialities, and offered to mix drinks according to our wishes also when not on the menu. The bar serving all drinks in smoking cauldrons or vials.
All in all above expectation. To be honest, the museum was perhaps more 4 than 5 starts, but I cant help but putting 5 starts, thanks to the friendly staff and the awsome bar. And I feel sorry for the place, having received such horrible reviews. At least at the time of our visit, they deserved a lot better.
Written February 14, 2023
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Bogdan
Prague, Czech Republic8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Mysterious decor and magical atmosphere. If you're interested to learn more about alchemy, magic and occult practices from the medieval times then this is the place for you. The tour guide is nice and well-read and you'll leave the museum having learned loads of interesting stuff and intriguing stories.

Bonus: just at the entrance of the museum there's also an alchemy pub where you can enjoy some potions - which are in fact delicious cocktails that look like potions (chemical reactions included). I highly recommend visiting this interesting and quirky museum.
Written May 30, 2021
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Iuliana Maxim
Zurich, Switzerland60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
The museum despite being small is quite interesting and inviting in the sense that the curators put a lot of effort in giving it a magical and interest-sparking vibe. The tour is actually guided, which was very nice, especially because the guide knew how to add the story-like elements and drop a joke now and then. Definitely, the stories were half true but that’s the magic about it. At the end one can enjoy a sparking potion to cool down a hot summer day...
Written August 16, 2021
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Beata C
Lausanne, Switzerland35 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We bought tickets to the Ghosts and Legends museum together with this one. The Alchemy tour was ok, small space with mediocre exhibits. The guide was completely monotonous though, and just sounded bored and robotic. When we turned up to the Ghosts one the guy behind the counter was locking up (although it was 11am), wanted to head off for a moment. When he saw us coming he actually yelled rather than asked if we wanted to visit the museum, we answered yes and he proceeded to slam the door back open and yank the lock. Once he was back in the cubicle I told him we would not be visiting and left. Honestly his agression was shocking, should really find himself another job. Ridiculous behavior.
Written October 26, 2022
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Simon N
Amsterdam, The Netherlands69 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Complete waste of time. They've taken an interesting, magical subject and made it difficult, boring and underwhelming.
One room has the history of alchemy on the wall, in several thousand small words in huge blocks of text, written in an uninspiring way, that frankly no-one will bother to read beyond a few lines then you get lost. And a few meaningless props. The person there gave no info, no help, no inspiration, he just chatted to his mate. That's it for part 1.
Part 2 is up in the attic where the alchemy apparently happened. The reconstructed props look terrible, the spoken explanatory tour had 1 or 2 vaguely interesting learnings but it's mostly haphazard.
Ironic that it's about alchemy, because they are simply making money out of nothing.
I was looking forward to this but it was the most disappointing 'tourist tour' experience of my entire life.
Written February 8, 2020
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GLWayne
Newbury, UK632 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was recommended to us, but not sure if we got the wrong place! It was kind of interesting but the vast majority was written and something you could get off the internet rather than paying for it to be displayed in a vaguely interesting manner.
The actual exhibits, and the reason you'd go to a museum, were few and far between, and nothing historical - a few plastic figures and some fake cobwebs.
The guy doing the tour guide bit, while clearly very ill, seemed to be trying his best and was interested in the subject in hand, but not particularly engaging.
I feel a bit harsh giving it one star, but I can't think of any reason to return - and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even if they were into alchemy. It's nothing you couldn't get better online.
I checked my phone to add some photos. but it appears there were none worth taking.
Written November 27, 2023
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Jessica
United Kingdom2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Would rate less than 1 if I could! Awful customer service, uninterested and arrogant. Would not recommend.

We bought a dual ticket at the ghosts and legends museum (similarly poor experience), but when we went to this one the man behind the reception said our tickets weren't valid. We explained that we had paid for both attractions and after a firm interrogation, he agreed. He was rude and dismissive but we carried on and went to do the first half of the "museum", having already paid. After we had finished and were ready to go to the second half. I approached the man again who said "have you read it all?". I told him that I had read some parts, as there was far too much text. He looked at me and told me to "go and read something" and come back later for the second half of the experience. I felt like he was telling me off and felt very awkward. We gave it another 10 mins and approached the reception again where a young girl took us to do the tour of the lab upstairs.

If you want to learn about alchemy go to the museum in the Jewish Quarter, its 10 times better!!
Written December 17, 2022
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allems
Frankfurt, Germany4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
I rarely write poor reviews, as I’d rather focus on positive experiences, but our experience at this “museum” was bad from start the finish. The person at the ticket booth was rude and unapproachable; information provided can be proven absolutely false with a simple Google search; while interactive, attractions really only take a few minutes; moving from the area where tickets are bought to the tower was also not explained, and that part was guided. As my partner put it, the experience was like walking through someone’s bad fanfiction where Shakespeare hung out in Prague and was a spy and did magic and also totally had a secret baby. The two stars are for the nice tour guide and the camp factor of it all.

Save your money.
Written August 10, 2022
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