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KGB Museum

Vlashska 591/13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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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.
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Vlashska 591/13, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
Malá Strana (Little Quarter)
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We eventually found this museum after heading from the castle. On arrival there was a young French man in the door way asking if he could see the museum. The French man was then barked at buy a gent from inside that they don’t do...More

3  Thank Jill M
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The owner is very nice, he introduced the KGB history and Soviet Union , I think it is very informative. And the owner’s attitude is very funny , make us very enjoy the introduction.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour guide was entertaining and very animated. However, it was way overpriced compared to other comprehensive museums in Prague such as the communism museum. It was really a nice but modest collection of Russian spy and military memorabilia with a wild-eyes storyteller. In my...More

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Public Relations Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yes, exactly. And see the unfortunate dead donkey on the next street is free. A true connoisseur of the History ...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide is absolutely crazy and introduces you into the world of the kgb with a lot of excitment and movement. Although he might scare the be-jesus out of you, it is definitely an authentic and thrilling experience!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very entertaining one hour tour. The owner/guide is a true enthusiastic and whether you agree with his views or not, he shares his perspective of the history in a very entertaining way. Well worth of 14 euros and an hour well spent - I would...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are really into Soviet Era things then this is the place for you. It was great to see all the old photos and things on display. There is a great photo in the museum of the largest statue in tribute to Stalin, which...More

Thank Philip P
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

First of all, I strongly urge you to check out what has been answered to the negative review of this museum. It'll give you an idea. A friend of mine recommended this museum. I went and found a closed door with two girls waiting. We...More

7  Thank foxnet121
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

The entrance fee was quite steep for the size of the museum, and there was no student discount. The guide was very engaged, but he had a strong accent and he was often hard to follow at the pace he was talking. Also he was...More

Thank Henriette R
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

I visited KGB Museum in Prague together with my husband in December 2017. We found a museum locked from inside with a sign "Opened! Next tour at 5 pm", it was 4:15 pm, cold and raining. We decided to wait. At 5 pm the door...More

1  Thank Taisiya K
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Doesn't look like much from the outside but inside is an amazing collection of interesting and crazy items from KGB and Soviet history. Tours run at certain times of day, one after the other, so be sure to check out when the next one is...More

Thank Marc I
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matthoney5
18 July 2017|
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Response from Lilian_Ratto | Reviewed this property |
He is a really intelligent man, with a great knowledge about his business, funny and passionate about his work!!! He great fun when he presents his museum to the visitors!!
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lynn t
22 March 2016|
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Response from Alex K | Reviewed this property |
Like 250-350. I forgot. But don't go. It is a terrible museum. Trust me.
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PeterDane
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Response from Dada E |
The guide is the owner, and yes, he is English speaking. Tours start when people arrive :) if you are there early the tour starts with you, if there is already a group you can join. On Monday is closed, visiting hours: 9:00... More
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