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“Very informative waybto spend an hour” 4 of 5 bubbles
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KGB Museum
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KGB Museum Entrance Ticket and Prague City Private Tour
Ranked #52 of 920 things to do in Prague
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Very informative waybto spend an hour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013 via mobile

This was a small, but very informative museum.
The guy that was there (I assume he owns it) was very passionate and gave us very in depth explanations on both Russian history and everything in through museum. We were the only people in the museum, so pretty much had a private tour!!
It was very hands on, he gazebos weapons and things and made us take lots of photos with them.
Good way to spendban hour, nother easy to get bored when you are getting such an interesting private tour!!

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“Worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Not like your usual museum where everything is behind glass panels, here you get to hold the guns, try on the hats. It's all good fun and well worth a visit

Visited January 2013
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“highly recommend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

The owner / tour guide Andrey is really charismatic and definitely knows what he is talking about. The whole tour is interactive (you can hold and try some weapons, pose for a photo with a Russian military outfit on, etc.). Andrey does know how to interest the viewer and his enthusiasm is catching. Being a Russian myself, I was surprised that 80% of the historic facts about KGB operations in Russia in the 20th century were a revelation to me.
I have read some (very few) negative reviews, mostly all of them from the people who had to wait at the entrance etc. but it is because the museum is private and Andrey runs it himself, so I can imagine how hard it is for him to multitask. Trust me, this small museum is worth waiting for.

Visited December 2012
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“KGB Museum/Prague”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Having made 5 trips to the Soviet Union and one since the new government I always was impressed by what little was known about the activities of the KGB. I found the Museum and the Museum guide knowledgeable. The exhibits are of workable items

Visited October 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Lovely experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

The exhibition is very interesting, and the tour is funny and enjoyable.
Note that it is a small museum and only 1-hour tour.
Nice pictures opportunity ;-)

Visited December 2012
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