Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague

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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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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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2.5
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Constantin M
6 contributions
Great 1 hour trip that's opened until late in the evening.
Oct 2021 • Couples
An unexpected visit to the magic of Prague. The building itself is great and to reach the alchemy lab you need to climb one of the oldest woden staircases in the city. The hosts are kind and know their way around the museum. They also explain everything so you do not feel abandoned in a dusty attic.
Written October 6, 2021
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Ruth V
Jerusalem, Israel370 contributions
Interesting information on the history of alchemy and related topics in Prague
Sep 2021
We enjoyed the tour through the laboratory as the guide had a lot of interesting information to impart and was happy to answer questions, my husband being a scientist had plenty of them...
The entrance hall provides a great deal of written information regarding individuals and historical events, really more than either of us were able to take in, its the trip up the stairs to the laboratory that makes this place so special..
Written September 30, 2021
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Iuliana Maxim
Zurich, Switzerland40 contributions
Spin of magic and fantasy
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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Bogdan
Prague, Czech Republic8 contributions
Entertaining and Educational
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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Graeme R
Swindon, UK27 contributions
Not much content, ruined by rude staff member
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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Simon N
Amsterdam, The Netherlands42 contributions
Alchemy indeed.... making money out of nothing
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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moomhex
Blackpool, UK24 contributions
Amazing decor and atmosphere
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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Grass
1 contribution
Great experience... but not for everyone
Jan 2020
Personally I'm a big fan of this museum, but it's definitely not an attraction for everyone.
First of all, there are two sections to this museum. The first section has some cool and cheesy setups and decorations. There's a lot of texts of the walls with information about alchemists, scientists, and history of alchemy, magic, and science. It's quite interesting, but it's a lot of reading and it's not very interactive.
The second section is an upstairs area that's super detailed and intricate. It comes with a free tour when you buy a ticket, and it's quite interesting. There are lots of little scenes and history, and it's very unique.
This museum is great if you already know a little bit about alchemy and the history of science, and I think it's most enjoyable that way. The little stories they tell are interesting, and if you keep in mind that it's a little cheesy and don't try to take it super seriously then it's super enjoyable.
If you're looking for a place to learn seriously about science and history then this is NOT THE PLACE TO GO. It's very much a tourist-trap kind of thing, with some added real history of alchemy and magicians. It's quite cheesy, but it's a good time.
Also, I would say it's not great for families with very young kids. I'd say the ideal age range is 7-14. It's magical and cool at that age range, but younger kids wouldn't understand enough to enjoy it, and teenagers would think it's a little too cheesy. So it's great if you're a family with kids of that age. It's also fun to do as a solo thing, though, if you're up for something of this nature.
It's extra cool if you've seen the anime Fullmetal Alchemist because, in my opinion, it made it more fun.

Summary: It's cool, but a little cheesy and like a tourist-trap. Ideal age range 7-14. Fun for families. Would recommend. Take it with a grain of salt.
Written January 3, 2020
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George Sab
Athens, Greece86 contributions
Waste of time.
Dec 2019 • Family
Just a waste of time for us. A room with nothing interesting to show and too too many to read.
Only for specific and focused people.
Written December 25, 2019
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Viktória Szilvási
Prague, Czech Republic30 contributions
Alchemists of medieval times and the Dark side of Prague
Dec 2019
To be honest, this place is not for everyone. I'm kind of a target group as I very much enjoy everything that's a bit spiritual/esoteric: horoscopes, tarot, and (at least reading about) alchemy and magic. So I very much liked learning more about Prague and its many alchemists and 'magicians' from medieval times (even up until modern times, there were many of them).

This place itself is an average house, but in the tower, there is a real laboratory/library/kitchen that's reconstructed in a very authentic way. The first part of the museum is not that interesting for those who are more entertained by flashing videos or bright lights, as it contains a lot of reading and some interactive attractions only (as I said, I liked this part too, anyway). But the main attraction is the tower, of course. Its medieval structure has been preserved, and the interior is very authentic, too. The guide tells a lot of details about John Dee and Kelley, and the alchemists in Prague in general. It was a bit hard to follow his speech and train of thought, but undoubtedly, he is very knowledgeable and open to questions about anything related.
It's quite cold in the tower, so don't forget to bring your jacket - after about 20 minutes, I felt cold even in my coat, too - and bear in mind that to access the tower, there is a steep and narrow staircase with uneven steps sometimes.

Other than these, I think that to those who are interested in history and the history of science or even esoteric topics, this place is a very interesting spot where they can learn a lot. I wouldn't recommend for a weekend visit though, as there are many other attractions in Prague that show more about the bright/daytime side of this place.
Written December 16, 2019
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