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KGB Museum
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KGB Museum Entrance Ticket and Prague City Private Tour
Ranked #51 of 968 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 April 23, 2013

Interesting slice of history. Many items from that archives of the former Soviet Union and the guide is entertaining.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

I recall being a child hiding under the desk at school because of the threat of communism and nuclear threats in the USA. I was delighted to learn about the communist expereince from a different perspective. Especially after being inidandated with propaganda during my formative years. . The best part of the museum is the films. The film we watched discussed the unintended poisoing of the population due to farming chemicals when the communist party was in power and the Velvet Revolution and today's Republic of Czech. Great history lesson. Literally, brought tears to my eyes. The museum is thoughtfully organized. Depending on how much you read you can go through the exhibits quickly or take an hour or two inside. They have an awesome gift store too. Couldn't help put purcase a few items....

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Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a small private collection of things owned by an enthusiastic fast-talking Russian.
The Russian owner made the visit- without him it would have been unimpressive.
He swept us along into photos wearing hats and holding machine guns while simultaneously bombarding us with fascinating information about KGB and communist Russia (eg cocaine laced vodka was virtually normal - cocaine addiction was common).
Definitely worth a visit, enjoyed it a lot, good value (but make sure you get the tour from Russian owner)

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Had a great visit to the KGB museum which is across the river from the main town. The guy who runs it is a Russian fella and by the look of him, was probably in the KGB - but he was informative and interesting and made the visit very entertaining. Some of the exhibits are amazing - especially the 'spy' stuff. Entry is around 250 crowns - I think it was worth it. Would recommend this for spending an hour or so.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Much like the Museum of Communism, this place is also is a must. The museum is loaded with Soviet era relics, and the owner/guide is very intense and clearly loves sharing his collection and knowledge.

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