The KGB Museum is tucked away almost beside the American Embassy in Lesser Prague on one of the many hills leading down from the castle. It is run by a short stocky Russian called Andrey who, as soon as you enter explains "it's 300 Crown, do you want to come in?"
Do not be put off by the relatively high price; there are some great, unique exhibits inside and Andrey puts the story across with such passion and character that it would be such a shame to miss it. Before he starts he apologises for his bad English but actually he has an excellent grasp of the language and he uses it to great effect.
The hour-long tour takes you from the initial formation of the Russian Secret Service at the time of the October Revolution through to the break up of the Soviet Union. Life in the Gulags, spy equipment and life as a KGB officer all feature in the tour, as does a photo session with various weapons used by the service. There are also many pictures showing a Russian officer posing around many of Prague's famous sites during the occupation as a result of the Prague Spring of 1968.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour; Andrey is a great character who loves his subject, this passion is evident in his delivery. His demonstrations of the hand-to-hand combat techniques with some of the weapons leads me to believe that he may have first-hand knowledge of their use.
A great tour and well worth the admission fee.
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