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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
Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited with a family to see what's the local view of the soviet times and the KGB. We left unhappy, because we really felt the bad attitude towards us. I'm not defending the soviets, but since its a museum, I think it should just...More

Thank Kapsula A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It says it was opened on mondays but it was closed. Maybe it was time to Update the opening hours so tourist didn't waste their time

Thank Line L
MuseumKGBinPrague, Front Office Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

The Museum is open every day. You're the unlucky man in the world. The Museum is closed, only the last Monday of July every ten years. And you came exactly on this day. Try not to travel by train and plane. Good luck!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I liked it ! The guide has the artistic talent and knows the subject well. You can learn a lot about the weapons made in soviet union and you also have a chance to hold some of them in your hands. Worth visiting.

Thank Sashok555
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We think the description laid out fits pretty well. Not really a museum just more of a hyped up Russian guy with collectables. With that said the 45 - 50 min tour was entertaining. The guy running the place is fast talking and a bit...More

Thank Joe B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go to this museum !!!!! It is amazing ! Full of weapons and nice presentation from the guide ! I loved it

Thank Gauthier B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good experience, would recommend it to anyone with an interest in military/secret service history. Very small museum but is back with tools and weapons which are very interested when the tour guide explains how they work/what they are used for. The tour guide is not...More

Thank TravelingMan1471
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting visit. The presentation is one of a kind and should be enjoyed for the experience rather than as a starting point for political debates. It was initially a little fast with a blur of names and dates but settled into a good show...More

Thank Allan H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We all enjoy this museum and the dynamic Ex-KGB who runs it and gives the tours. It was a lot of fun and would recommend it even though it was bit expensive to get in. The demos of the different secret agent weapons well very...More

1  Thank MH M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Little, cosi, really well organized, interesting, museum! The owner/guide has an incredible knowledge about, explains everything in details, in a fun and funny way!! You can see he loves it, and you will love it too! You can buy some "souvenirs", from some different times...More

Thank Lilian_Ratto
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This museum presented limited KGB history and was a bit pricey for its offerings, but very entertaining. The owner was a rather special docent- very dramatic demonstrations of how KGB weaponry was put to lethal use. Fun. Good if you are in Prague for more...More

Thank crosie5
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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 MuseumKGBinPrague | Property representative |
We don't believe you, Alex. When you finally ease? By the way, your relatives are asking you at least call.
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PeterDane
15 February 2016|
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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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