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KGB Museum

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Mala Strana (Little Quarter)
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Address: Vlashska 591/13 | Mala Strana, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Kiva katsaus KGB-maailmaan - Nice look to the KGB

Venäläinen omistaja esittelee auliisti vakoilu- ja tappovälineitä. Kierros 40-50 minuuttia. Suosittelen. A Russian owner shows and tells interesting details of KGB spying and... read more

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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The KGB museum is definitely the place to go if you don't know much about that notorious organisation - the owner struck me as being a possible former member! Very stereotypically Russian, but also very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed going around and seeing an eclectic and very well looked after collection of KGB issue equipment - especially getting to handle... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Å super cool Guide! Very integrering. A must place to go and get history about russian sicret history

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is just a large room of unlabeled artifacts, but it comes with a tour. The tour itself is given by a man with a somewhat heavy Russian accent, so it can be difficult to understand him sometimes, which can lead to awkward moments. But he shows you how a lot of the weapons work, including some secret gadgets... More 

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! It was very nice to see such a connoisseur of history. We are very glad that you liked the tour at the Museum. Come again! We also have the Russian point of view on the flights to the Moon, public execution Kennedy, occupation of Florida and Mexico, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, slavery in the United States,... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was looking forward to coming and seeing this and we showed up just as our 2 year old fell asleep. This would buy us 2 hours to do whatever we wanted. The gentlemen that was running it came around the corner, saw the stroller with my daughter asleep and said that the next tour was at 1. It was... More 

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MuseumKGBinPrague, Manager at KGB Museum, responded to this review

Why the hysteria ? The Museum rules prohibit visiting with children infants. We talked with you maximum politely. Lie - one of the deadly sins. Fear God! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being something of a cold war enthusiast this was a must do for me. The guide is an absolute character and worth the money alone. There are plenty of weapons and other such items on show which the guide explains in his uniquely entertaining way. It was also good to have photo with the weapons at the end of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a small place run by a very funny socialist who makes a 60 min show out of it for small groups with entertaining short stories about various historical communist items -- great combination to do this and then the museum of communism across the river. Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great tour. Excellent guide. It is worth spending an hour visiting this personal collection. Greetings from your Argentinian and Hungarian friends

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

my name is Kim and about two weeks ago me and my girlfriend Ariel visited this museum for the first time and the experience was amazing! the guide was extremely interesting and professional +his huge collection of KGB and spy objects and weapons were wonderful if u would visit this place u wont regret! highly recommended !!!! suitable for friends,pairs,families... 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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