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“Entertaining”
Review of KGB Museum

KGB Museum
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KGB Museum Entrance Ticket and Prague City Private Tour
Ranked #51 of 936 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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Entertaining”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

We visited the museum during our short city break in Prague and had an entertaining tour from the eccentric Russian owner. He brought everything to life and made it fun and the museum was packed with loads of KGB memorabilia and gadgets. Would definitely recommend a visit.

Visited March 2014
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“Definitely worth a visit!”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

The items on display at this tiny museum are interesting but it is the host's entertaining and amusing tour that makes it worth a visit. Not to be missed!

Visited March 2014
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“Whoa! What a guy!”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Very small but packed with interesting artifacts from the communist era. The owner/host gave a fantastically animated tour - including the weaponry! Lots of fun with the serious side.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“funny and very interesting”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

We strolled over there on Sunday afternoon to get away from the crowds and it was perfect. The museum curator is a gem, he brings the story alive and keeps you interested and amused the whole 45 mins. He takes you on a historical tour through the Secret Service's history and brings it to life with stories and demonstrations of weapons, uniforms and spy cameras, it's a hands-on experience, one small group at a time.
We came out informed, amazed and thoroughly entertained. Get that guy a TV show, I could have listened to him all day.
That was easily the best £10 that I spent in Prague all weekend

Visited March 2014
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“save your money”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

Posters and photographs you've seen somewhere already. Paraphernalia obtainable in most army shops in Prague. Only the owners are authentic, however if you are young and gullible? Sill the museum of communism has more to offer and you will see the same things.

Visited February 2014
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