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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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Museum looks cosy, however the amount of items and stories presented to the wondering tourist is astonishing. Would definitely recommend a visit! Артём.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Museum looks cosy, however the amount of items and stories presented to the wondering tourist is astonishing. Would definitely recommend a visit! Артём.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was such a shock. Not a regular museum at all!!! It's more like a shrine to the KGB. The owner of the place is passionate about his collection and his memories of the glory days. He unashamedly worships the Soviet Union of the past and their heroic achievements. He is scarey! He was very nice to me, offering me... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I'd highly recommend visiting this museum. I don't think I've ever met someone as enthusiastic and passionate about their subject. The museum is run by a very intriguing crazy Russian man who has an amazing collection of KGB memorabilia ranging from weapons , to technology such as spy equipment and radios from the earlier days to the more modern KGB... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun thing to do especially with kids. Lots of spy equipment. The best part though is the curator/tour guide. Very animated! He obviously loves the history and willing to engage to show you how some of the equipment was used. He lets you take pictures at the end with some of the items! A fun way to spend an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading various reviews we really didn't know what to expect. We arrived 15 mins before a tour was due to start, I was desperate to use the toilet and the owner/guide was very understanding and let me in early. We found him to be very polite, informative, amusing and entertaining. Yes, the place is small but there is a... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Painted as a kgb museum . Clearly just a little bloke with a squeaky voice who has collected together a load of ex military stuff at car boot sales. Lacks any continuity and not really anything to do with Prague really

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

This dude (see what is pictured in avatar) will likely come out of habit in some second hand shop. More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came to this museum, mainly because I had one day left in Prague and I had already hit all of the other attractions. I expected an actual state funded professional museum, but instead found that it seemed like little more than one man's collection which he had put on display in his house. I'm not entirely sure if the... More 

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

I and this man has one misfortune-we live in completely different worlds. He lives in a world where people fly to the moon where humans made slaves because they have black skin, where Saddam Hussein is producing chemical weapons and then kills the hapless Kurds poisonous gases and the like. We live in a world where flying to the Moon... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lot of interesting information was presented during 40-min tour; the owner of the museums is a great story teller; he explained the story behind the exposed items and how they worked in real life; vast range of events, dates, their reasons and consequences were named for the period of soviet era; some of the events in our history became a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not so much a museum but more a large private collection of KGB/Soviet military and political history with your own personal guide - a diehard old school Russian enthusiast and patriot. It's a little pricey, but it's got the personal touch, tours last around an hour, on the hour - a minute late and you may get a stern Russian... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is small and has a little bit interesting weapon from the old time. in comparison to other museums in Prague has a high price(350kr). Speaking about form: I am not a fan of this kind of performance that guide gives. Speaking about content: it's extremely one-sided and has a low historical value. For example one hasn't mentioned a... More 

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

Very sorry to see this guy. He constantly speaks about crimes of the KGB, but complained that his grandfather during the war years collaborated with the Nazis and killed 179 total poles and Jews, and the evil Stalin put him in the Gulag. Pictures of the atrocities the West-Ukranian Nazis can be seen on the Facebook of our Museum. More 

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