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KGB Museum

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Address: Vlashska 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
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KGB for many years have been of the most powerful and famous secret service...

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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More than a museum!

The tour guide put on a fantastic performance for an hour, really interesting and funny. Well worth the money!

Reviewed 4 days ago
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The tour guide put on a fantastic performance for an hour, really interesting and funny. Well worth the money!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The performance that the guide made us for an hour was incredible! The actors game and the stories he told and other information were awesome. The exponates located in the museum are rare and very interesting!! A wonderful place everyone must visit!!

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:) Very good, educating, The guide is very amusing and nice, I recommen this advanture to friends and couples

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The curator is crazy and fun and very knowledgeable. There is a great collection of soviet and German Ww2 memorabilia and cool spy gadgets the favourite was the Stalin scarf. A must see if you are into this sort of thing.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We was 3 people from our familly together with some random cupples from Germany and Israil. Teller (employee of museum) was very big racist and in the middle of the story about museum they left. Musem was good but teller really bad because of his racistical isues.

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Owner at KGB Museum, responded to this review

On our Facebook page we explained why this man wrote this false review. His review is an absolute lie. We do not express racist comments ever. No one left the Museum while on tour. More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting place to visit and the guide was clearly enthusiastic for the old days but he was easily distracted. Also when demonstrating some old weapons and torture devices he was a little too enthusiastic and should have been more safety aware. Still to hear a Russian perspective of the Cold War was worth the visit however it should be... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a unique experience this was - I'm not even quite sure how I heard about this museum, maybe on an 'offbeat traveler' blog - but I'm sure glad I did. The guide/owner of this small museum is knowledgeable and passionate about his message - and entertaining to no end. We didn't know what to expect when we arrived...and it... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The KGB museum is located in the Praha 1 district, on a short walk away from the old town. The entrance fee of 14 EUR or 380 CZK (can be paid in either currency) includes access to the museum and a guided tour en English or in Russian. The museum has many unique World War II and Soviet Era artifacts... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Venäläinen omistaja esittelee auliisti vakoilu- ja tappovälineitä. Kierros 40-50 minuuttia. Suosittelen. A Russian owner shows and tells interesting details of KGB spying and killing equipment. I recommend!

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As many previous reviews have stated, this isn't a grand building you'd usually associate with a 'museum' - it's a converted retail space housing a personal collection of soviet military memorabilia. The price is on the steep side, and the tour guide is utterly bonkers, but if you have a sense of humour and like to experience something different, it's... More 

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Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city. Nestled underneath Prague Castle it was once a part of the Kings route taken by future kings on their way to coronation - originating in the Old Town, crossing Charles Bridge and leading to Saint Vitus Cathedral. Cobblestone streets are lined with picturesque medieval houses, remarkable palaces, churches, kitsch shops and restaurants. Do not hesitate to turn a corner into any narrow street. You will suddenly find yourself in a calm and charming neighbourhood full of hidden gardens, parks with peacocks, fruit trees and ponds. As the neighbourhood is a home to Czech Parliament and many ministries, you can also run into well-dressed officials. If you are thirsty or hungry, it is the right place to be. Restaurants offer delicious traditional food and of course, the best Czech beers.
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