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Museum of Communism, Prague

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Step behind the Iron Curtain with a visit to Museum of Communism, dedicated to the story of ordinary Czechs struggling for democracy in the decades following World War II. Established in 2001 by businessman Glenn Spicker, the museum is located in an 18th-century palace near the center of the city. Spicker gathered many of the displayed artifacts, which include photographs and military objects, at flea markets and junk shops in and around Prague. The museum's three galleries offer visitors a fully immersive experience, complete with film screenings and educational lectures. Start your exploration at the museum's reconstructed classroom, offering insight into a day in the life of a Communist-era schoolchild. Arrange your visit to Museum of Communism and discover more family-friendly attractions in Prague using our Prague travel itinerary planner.
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  • Tiny museum more like a private collection. It’s a good way of understanding Czech late history and local people. The film displayed in the last room before the exit is excellent.  more »
  • This place was a lovely and cool retreat out of the summer sun. We spent a good while trying to find it, but it was such cheap entry and so full of artefacts it was incredibly interesting. There was a...  more »
  • Read some great reviews on TripAdvisor and feel let down. The museum consisted of a small number of rooms containing 1960's furniture and uniforms of the era along with lots of written information. Th...  more »
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  • Smaller museum, ironically sharing the space with a casino. Learned a lot after knowing little about Czech history. Interesting to read their particular perspective of Marx. Surprised and thankful for their small outdoor exhibit on North Korea. Museum featured a dated, yet powerful short documentary that conveyed the dark reality under socialist rule in the late 80s. Thought provoking and encouraged us to look up more. A quicker, cheap activity worth learning about Prague recent history.
  • This is the least objective museum I've ever seen. Instead of portraying a honest portrait of what is communism, it only focus on its least appealing aspects. Clearly communism is not a perfect system, but it had the noble intention of reducing the inequalities in the world, who where even bigger in the times it has been created. None of this is explained in the museum. After going to this museum, some people could think communism was only about killing and stealing. In fact, it doesn't make the distinction between Marxism ans Stalinism. It completely discredits the work of Marx and Engels, who were great philosophers and have nothing to do with Stalinism. This museum should be recalled anti-communism propaganda museum.
  • Very good exhibit, considering the limited space of the museum. The recreations of a convenience store and a classroom are really interesting. There are many informative posters and you can learn a lot about the history of the Czech Republic.
  • Was interested because we had experienced something similar. Ukraine do have communist past. And I'm not afraid to be curious about this topic. This is still our history, no matter we ashamed of it. This is really great phenomenon, interesting from different point of view: physiologically, sociologically and from philosophical side. Though this days we are still desperately trying to find the root of our issues in the past, blaming everyone but not ourselves. We destroy memorials, burn symbols and records as if this makes us better. I cannot remember the growth, the spreading and the fall with a following breakdown as I was burn in 1989. But I do remember the consequences and still see them at homeland like I see the difference in Prague. Someone stood up and start going confidently while others still fussing about malarkey, being ensnared by other's goals, afraid of illusional shadows of the past. The place can hardly been called "museum". Tiny rooms filled with stands, memorials, papers and stuff. Nostalgic place. The old glass case with cacao cans behind is exhibit for most, but I remember myself standing in front of such cases in our local shops even 12-15 years ago. Definitely not must see, but good for those who has something to recall and something to compare with.
  • For 190 Czech crowns you can follow the directions details of communism, how it took hold in the region and the lengths undertaken by powerful men in order to see it endure. I learned quite a few facts such as the media blackout tactics and the underground market goods despite philosophical intentions. It was also terribly hot inside.