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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 4 days ago

There was very little information about KGB. There host was very engaged in telling about close combat and especially knifes.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What can I say about the KGB museum. It's interesting and obviously run by a KGwannaB but don't be using any of what you hear to answer questions in a pub quiz. It cost us £35 for 3 of us and as a comedy show...More

1  Thank djb46
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MuseumKGBinPrague, Public Relations Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I think you're a very witty men . But you've got to work on his vision and dedication to the story. Funny, but you write about the Louvre. Every sane person knows that 85 percent of the exhibits are fakes. This is even acknowledged by...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Check times of when he is giving tours as he only does so many a day. A fabulous time learning about the history of Russia/KGB. What an awesome collection. The owner is so animated with his presentations that it really was a blast. He does...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guide is a crazy Russian who basically educated you in all things KGB and how they used to kill people! But sooooo much fun. Informative and unique. You will laugh so much and learn heaps! Loved it!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a mind opening and extremely interesting museum. And the guide is a russian guy who knows a lot about KGB and historical events.

Thank Ashot A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn’t figure out if the place was open or not. There was a sign saying there was and to ring the doorbell if you wanted a tour-but we couldn’t find the doorbell!More

2  Thank Mindy K
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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The door was closed, because the tour has already begun. Call the bell customers may JUST before the start of the tour. Door chalkboard is written the time of the beginning of the next round. Author of misinforming others. To understand this system can even...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little museum. Can't understand how people can give it a bad review. The owner/curator of the place is very energetic, clever and funny, and is obviously very passionate about his exhibits. If you are interested in in WW2 and Cold War history, the museum...More

Thank neilo86
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend refreshing some Russian history before visiting. The guide was very passionated and put on a great show, so regardless of knowledge-level you will be entertained. To maximize the experience however, a little bit of forehand preparation might come in handy! Sometimes the english...More

Thank Martin B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spooky yet a great atmosphere! The guide put on a show with his foreign english (russian-english) and sound effects. Recommended! Tip of the day - Deep marks along the blade makes it stronger.

Thank Øyvind Y
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The door opened 45 minutes after the advertised time for starters. The operator had a very distinct Russian accent which made it difficult to understand his disjointed commentary. The presentation went on to describe Russian actions during WW11 and their weaponary, but had almost no...More

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Owner at KGB Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I remember you, kid. You and your mom is better to visit the Museum of Lego. Believe me you simply could not understand what you are saying. I told you about for more than an hour of the KGB and you wrote about the Nazi...More

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matthoney5
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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
15 February 2016|
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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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