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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  • August 16, 2017
    There are only words on the walls, nothing more. you can learn the same just by reading about Czech history in Wikipedia.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Okay, my first observation is that this museum in near a McDonalds and next to a Casino. Really funny. It is a little tricky to find the museum because it's inside a building that also houses a casino...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    A total failure. First took us a lot to find him, because he has changed his site and is fatal signposted. Second, is not anything cheap: 290 crowns (almost € 12) pax. Third and main: adds absolutely nothing. A lot of texts in Czech and English, with a partial view of history and which can easily available on the internet. There are only few original objects, but the thickness is read, read, read. A waste of time have gone. An error with the things that must be done in Prague! And over cheaper
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  • May 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 23, 2017
    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.

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