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KGB Museum
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$80.12*
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KGB Museum Entrance Ticket and Prague City Private Tour
Ranked #52 of 971 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 September 25, 2013

Quite small but action packed and quite shocking in parts. Really helps to put Russia into a world and social context.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Not quite sure what to make of this museum! The owner breezes you through lots of items that seem to be somewhat randomly arranged; there doesn't appear to be much of a logical order to the tour. He clearly is very keen on the weapons and on making visitors take photos with them, whether they want to or not!

There's certainly some interesting items but the owner only really wanted to rush through the standard tour rather than answer questions or tailor it to the interests of the group.

Thank dj1471
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This museum was unexpectedly interesting. The owner is a Russian man who guides the tours, and he does it with a lot of passion. He has a great collection of real Russian/KGB spy equipment, tools and weapons. I was glad I made time for it.

Note that if you don't arrive when he starts a group, you may have to wait for the next group.

Thank Jacob G
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

I visited the place after lunch, planned to spend a couple of hours as the reviews here were so good. I asked about the ticket price and availability of the student ticket, the guy barked at me, shouting: "You have to pay 300! No student ticket" then he turned to finish his argument with couple of visitors! I don't know if he is the owner or just staff, but didn't feel safe to enter the place. I didn't want to find out how my visit in this dark museum with no window or access to outside would have turned out, if he is so openly rude and savage before you pay, what would stop him to turn worse after you parted with your cash? It is also against my wish to spend my money where I am not treated with respect, so I just walked off and I would warn anyone visiting on their own without a group, the place and the guy doesn't feel safe. I would personally advise against any solo visitor to turn up on their own. If still determined to see the collection, wait for a group to show up and join them.

Your safety comes first and then the knowledge or experience you might gain, be careful! I would also advise you to seek more info from locals. I did a little local research and now I don't regret my decision not to visit the museum.

5  Thank aBeachTravelBug
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MuseumKGBinPrague, Public Relations Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

View the video did not give any reason for the allegations of staff in the rough or unprofessional conduct. The video shows how two students aggressively talking to an employee of the museum and ask for a discount. We are very sorry that such a great literary talent is used for writing fiction stories.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Totally different to the usual museum experience and fantastic for that reason. Essentially a shrine to the KGB with a very passionate owner/collector who shows you around demonstrating the weapons (!) and explaining everything. Possibly a bit overpriced because its very small and cost 300 (roughly £12) but as it was the only museum I visited in Prague I'm very glad I went. Very memorable!

Thank Lily3007
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