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“History made interesting”

Speculum Alchemiae Museum
Ranked #43 of 951 things to do in Prague
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Owner description: Our museum called Speculum Alchemiae, is situated in one of the oldest houses in Prague. There are secret alchemical laboratories from the 16th century in the museum underground that were built for the king Rudolf II. The alchemists of that time used to prepare elixirs in there. The museum building also includes a shop, where equal elixirs can be bought. These elixirs are prepared under strict conditions according to their original recipes which have been found here. Newly, we also offer a unique tour of magical places in Prague which are connected with the Speculum Alchemiae museum. The guided tour includes the Prague Castle, Vysehrad, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and the museum. At these places you learn about many amazing legends and mythological stories associated with the so-called Prague Magical Triangle.
London
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“History made interesting”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinating this turned out to be. I visited because I like the history of alchemy and thought the museum might be interesting. I was a bit wary. But I was met with a look at an original alchemist's laboratory, not a New Age or even touristy tribute to a historical pseudo-science.

The visit was comprised of original lab facilities (really, very cool) and a reconstructed library. This was one of the few things I saw in Prague that was more geared toward history and knowledge than over-wrought tourism. The personally-guided tour was fantastic as well, with a well-versed guide who answered questions and offered a complete and interesting overview of the museum.

In short, a unique, magical and unusual place to visit.

Visited December 2013
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Landshut, Germany
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“Unusual and fantastic find! Great experience.”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

What an unusual and fantastic find! This place was only discovered after the floods in 2002, and has only recently opened. We were glad that Trip Advisor pointed us here. The half hour tour was informative and mysterious -- just right for our family with young children (who are Harry Potter fans!). The tour guide spoke English very well, and she really made the stories interesting for the children as well as the adults. These kinds of tours make history come alive! Yes, it is a bit pricey, but most things in Prague are. The tour guide also directed us to a lovely lunch stop called the Bakeshop just down the road, which had something for everyone. Perfect.

We also found it a bit difficult to find -- because is isn't really on Hastalska Street. When you reach the square where Hastalska Street ends, stop and look around for those blue doors, it actually sits lower than the road.

Visited November 2013
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Bali
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“Loved it!”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

On a recent trip to prague, we came across this place while we were exploring the city. We had seen it online, but until that point, failed to find it. We had some time to kill and thought we would go in. It was one of the most informative tours we went on. If you like stories of the old times, magic, and mystery, this is for you. We were shown to the underground "laboratories" used when elixers and potions were common and were told of great tales of how science hid in order to continue their discoveries. Well worth it.
Just a side note. There was no toilet, so go before. The cafe next door was NOT happy at all when we requested to use their toilet. Also not good if you suffer from claustrophobia.

Visited October 2013
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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“Interesting and atmospheric place”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

This place more about reconstruction of alchemist laboratory in attempt to show how it may look and less about museum collection of alchemist items.
I enjoyed the story of the tour guide and atmosphere of this unique and charming little place.

I highly recommended to participate in guided tour (every half hour!).

Visited October 2013
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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“We enjoyed it!”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

An interesting way to while away half an hour and I learned stuff about alchemy (a subject that I previously knew nothing about.

Guide was friendly, informative and enthusiastic and we had the whole tour to ourselves on a quiet Friday lunchtime.

So, if you have a bit of time to kill and want to lern something new you should go.

Admission was 200 crowns

Visited November 2013
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