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KGB Museum
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KGB Museum Entrance Ticket and Prague City Private Tour
Ranked #52 of 1,024 things to do in Prague
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Attention !!! Tours are NOT CONDUCTED for one person. The minimum number of people in group two. KGB for many years have been of the most powerful and famous secret service in the world. The KGB museum was founded by the organization Chernyy dozhd. This non-governmental private organization is a community of people who are fascinated with the history collected unique items related to the activities of the Soviet Secret Service. The presence of many exhibits is primarily due to anarchy and lack of control over many state museums in the USSR during its division into many independent states, which used to be former Soviet socialist republics. Only due to the Chernyy dozhd organization many priceless exhibits were saved from looting, destruction and recycling. This is the first time in the world memorabilia previously belonging to the first persons of the Soviet Union, the heads of the Cheka-NKVD-GPU-OGPU-MGB-KGB and the senior functionaries of the soviet state security are put together in one place.The exhibition features absolutely unique exhibits such as Lenin death mask, which was made in January 1924 by Doctors of Medicine Vorobiev and Zbarsky (the authors of the unique embalming technique of dead body); the weapon, which was used for Trotsky’s murder in Mexico in 1940; the personal belongings from the cabinet of Beria, who was Marshal of the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (NKVD), a chief of the Soviet security service during the difficult years of World War II, and later a supervisor of the Soviet atomic bomb project; an unusual type of small arms, chemical weapons, made according to then-advanced technology, and many other exhibits. A part of the exhibition showcases the history of the personal standard weapon of the Soviet secret service officers.In the 20th century such kind of technique was actively developed, designed and produced by secret laboratories, institutes and specialized factories of Warsaw Pact countries, and especially by the Soviet Union.Gifted scientists, talented designers and highly skilled engineers with unique abilities were engaged into this invisible and closed for ordinary people industry.Hidden cameras (in the Soviet Union they used the term "tacit photography"), things which were used for keeping secret information (dead drops), instruments for applying signal labels, standard gifts for the officers and employees of the KGB to celebrate various anniversaries in the history of the USSR and the KGB, the first merit badges of the agents, and all the things which were inextricably connected with the activities of Soviet intelligence officers can be seen now at the KGB Museum in Prague. A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the so-called "Prague Spring". Many unique photos of the city streets were made by the KGB agents during the events of 1968. Unusual photos reflect the dramatic history of that time, the tragedy of the beautiful old European city, which fate became a bargaining chip in a great gamble game of superpowers. One can also see an extraordinarily beautiful handmade banner that had been made by the children from the GPU labour commune for 2 months and was presented to Grampa Lenin in the autumn 1923, three months before his death. After the Soviet state head’s death the banner, as well as the flags from the GPU NKVD RSFSR, had been held over the World Proletariat Leader's body in the House of Unions' Pillar Hall for 3 days. In that frosty cold January of the year 1924 a three day procession of more than a million people walked past the Lenin's coffin.. The vision of and comments on the existence of the most powerful secret services of the world can vary, but it's obviously clear that every state needs a strong secret service, the instrument of its foreign and domestic policy.
Reviewed November 12, 2012

The place is a little different from the outside, just a shop that has paper covering the outside (I'm sure to keep people from just looking in as opposed to going in). But he did have a nice selection of items from the KGB and other items there as well. He is very eager to show you his collection with some may find to be a bit pushy or rude, but I honestly think he is just motivated to show his crowd the items in his store. His English can be difficult to understand at times, but he gets the point across.
I think most people that gave the place poor reviews is due to them expecting a museum like the Smithsonian. It is in a smaller shop with 2 or 3 rooms, but he is anxious to show you his items and they are arragned very well. I liked the fact that he also let us put some of his props/items on. Good times over all. Glad we went!

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stopped in to the KGB museum on a cloudy afternoon... and it ended up being one of the major highlights of our four-day trip to Prague. I HIGHLY recommend it.

When we first arrived, the owner greeted us warmly and asked what our primary language is. Upon hearing it was English, he said he'd do his best - and his "best" was remarkable. Being given a private, thorough tour by someone so knowledgable who spoke solid English in a thick Russian accent made the experience even more enjoyable. He not only showed us each piece of his amazing collection, but he explained it so well that it made the history of the KGB come alive. Had we just wandered through without him, it would have been interesting, but we would have missed out on the significance of some of the collection.

From artifacts and uniforms, to propaganda video clips and photos, this museum gives an incredible, intimate look into the KGB. The owner's attention to detail creates a story around the pieces that absolutely captivated us. Not only did he show us the pieces and explain them to us - what they were used for, how they were worn, what they meant, who used/received them, etc. - but he actually allowed us to hold some of the guns and weapons, put some of the hats on us and took pictures! Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - when or where will we ever be able to wear an authentic Russian military hat, hold an authentic military gun and have it documented again?

Although the museum was not large, it was so full of interesting pieces that we spent a couple of hours there. The owner was very amenable to us asking questions, taking photos and wandering around and it's easy to see that he's taken a lot of care to make the museum as authentic and well-organized as possible. As we left, he thanked us for coming and when we walked out, we both agreed that the KGB museum was one of the best times we'd had in Prague. It was a truly excellent experience.

2  Thank Jessica T
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Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

This was a terrible visit. Poor english of the host. Overpriced and just a few items of interesst. Overall just a bunch of .....

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Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

On first impressions the blacked out windows and closed appearance is off putting, but adds to the secretiveness of the musuem, after all this is the KGB.

The bonkers owner wields around a decommissioned AK47 jumping from story to story of the background and history of this secret service. He could in fact of been a past member???

His knowledge is excellent if his English is a little broken, however his artefacts look great and are clearly displayed, his passion for the history clearly shines through.

Ok it's only on 1 floor and then a small basement but the tour the owner gives makes the 1 hour feel every bit worth the 200 Czh each.

Don't forget to take a camera as you get to pose with military hats and hand guns, army axes and even "Stalins Scarf" which is infact a garrotting wire!!

Would recomend. :-)

1  Thank Lynne D
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I came across this museum on Trip Advisor and I am so glad I decided to check it out. This little museum is full of interesting artifacts, each with their own story, that is told in enthusiastic and full detail by the wonderful host of the museum. Worth it during your stop in Prague!

1  Thank Jess179
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