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KGB Museum, Prague

(3.8/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web)
Discover Communist-era Prague at KGB Museum, located just down the street from the city's famed medieval castle. Established by a group of enthusiastic collectors of KGB memorabilia, this private museum contains a large collection of spy cameras and interrogation devices, as well as a series of rare photographs taken in 1968 by a KGB officer on assignment in Prague. The museum also displays some of the more bizarre artifacts from the Communist period, including Lenin's death mask, Trotsky's murder weapon, and a radio taken from the cabinet of Lavrentiy Beria, the chief of the Soviet secret police apparatus during World War II. To visit KGB Museum and other attractions in Prague, use our Prague vacation trip planner.
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  • 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 ent...  more »
  • 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 knowle...  more »
  • The Museum's hours are already tightening of his (10-17, as much as 7 days out of 7). We would have to see it on our third day in Prague but obviously it would have been difficult to fit with other timetables of our tour, so we postponed the next day. We showed up at the opening and stayed 20 minutes to wait. We also tried to ring the building next to the owner, but no response. Closed, no warnings, 20 minutes lost and an experience that I will have to defer to the future
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  • So I read many reviews about this place, and I was intrigued by the negative ones and by the fact that "the owner" makes the effort to answer every negative review the most inappropriate and rude way, which I find very unprofessional and largely telling about the culture of the business. So I went there: 1. The so called museum is a personal collection that a Soviet Era affectionate person had randomly collected throughout the years. 2. Unless you are really interested about anything USSR, don't waist your time and money. 3. You will see and listen to a very personal view of a single person with no official social/historic accreditation. Nothing wrong with that. It's is like quoting Wikipedia vs Brittanica. 4. Maybe he is so taken by the KGB culture or it is simply his character, but he looks and sounds rude indeed. 5. Finally, I look forward to his "colorful" answer to my review. I believe he will find a way to insult my ethnicity, culture, personality, etc... Those are the people who makes you appreciate democracy and freedom of speech. They make the rest look better.
  • deeply unhinged man, with ridiculous scary views. too numerous to count and impossible to choose most offensive but eg. a French backed government briefly in power killed the czar's family not the Bolsheviks. (bear in mind I support the execution of the entire bloodline.). as an American, it was quite amusing, but for anyone from a former satellite state, deeply offensive. part of what seemed so insulting was the enthusiast upbeat way it's presented by a charming funny psycho. definitely an entertaining 45 minutes, but you can't showed off the shame of supporting this sort of defense of oppression, and mass murder. plus even the entertainment value doesn't justify the price. so revisit the Charles bridge and relax with a pivo for an hour instead. you'll feel better about yourself.
  • Andre was a wealth of knowledge and he is animatedly passionate about his endeavor to preserve the history of the former Soviet Union. Interesting, fun, and was very surprised at the rare pieces he had in the shop. He's been collecting items for over thirty years. He even had some original Voice of America tapes! The admission was 350KR and well worth it. His knowledge of the history of the former USSR was more than impressive. This is a definite MUST SEE on your way down the hill from the Prague Castle.
  • This is a one man show. The problem is that he is passionate about history, but he is presenting you the crap that he gathered along the years. He has no structured way of presenting and he had 1 room with his stuff, which he talks about for 1 hour. Basically the is 1 hour of jumping in and out between years in history with no logic! If you are curious to see a crazy guy, which strongly believes in communism for 1 hour while standing, then go to it. The highlight of this is that you will see some small spy cameras from the WWII, and at the end he will let you take pictures with a few weapons.
  • This museum has many great antique items that contribute well to the history of the soviets. The tour was amazing. The man running the show is INCREDIBLY passionate about his job and makes history very interesting. This is a must see if you are looking for inexpensive entertainment and education.