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KGB Museum
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KGB Museum Entrance Ticket and Prague City Private Tour
Ranked #50 of 1,047 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 January 9, 2014

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.

Thank AngusDiver
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Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Must do. Loved it. A real character indeed. Surely did wake interest to look closer into the whole KGB / Communism thing. If you are not sure just go for it. Well worth the money in our opinion.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

I visited this ages ago, when I was in prague, and have been meaning to write a review!
This museum is nothing like I expected, but it was amazing!
The place is small and packed with heaps of awesome KGB stuff, and I just died, cause I'm a total ussr nerd.
The owner did a really entertaining and informative tour and showed us weapons and such, and we could pose with rifles and knives for photos and it was super great!

The owner is russian, so you can ask for a russian tour, if most people are russian with you i guess? I had a lovely chat with him, and bought a badge :D

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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Quite a small museum but such an interesting adventure with a russian fond of weapons. With his strong knowledge of his country and its history, he invits you to an interactive visit from which you learn as well as you have fun. You will love his russian accent!

Thank Kokolikoko
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

You MUST see this!!
Delightfully Bonkers Russian Guide who shows you round an impressive collection of KGB artifacts.Apparently The Guides Mother was a KGB Officer(hence the encyclopaedic knowledge of methods used by the KGB.
playing in the background are stirring russian propaganda songs,and lots of military uniforms.
Where else can you get your picture taken holding a real Russian Rifle and hat (whether you want it or not !)
A little more sinister was the map of Russian Gulags (prison camps) in Russia-showing how Russia treats her citizens.
This is A MUST -SEE attraction!
Amusingly,it's just up the road from the American Embassy!!

Thank glanvillebasil
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