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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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  • It's not a waste of time but it's not something interesting, especially compared to the Terror House in Budapest which I've visited couple months ago. It's good to remind the barbaric things communist...  more »
  • Entry price is a little high here, first it first. Other than that, if you're curious about the political history of Prague, at the same time if you have interested about the Communist regimes that will surely satisfy you. Visit from two main elements to suggest you decide.
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  • A little culture and the history of a city/region/country is something my girlfriend and I love to do. This is why we decided to communism museum. To find the museum is easier said than done: in the shopping street you can find an authentic-feeling building with flags on one or another casino. If you go in there, you'll see a sign with ' museum ' and you know that you need to the museum on the first floor. Search so a picture of the building where you need so you don't, as we, half an hour by the street runs back and forth looking for the museum. Very clearly states it.. The bar itself was pretty chaotic, although that also have to deal with a group of people who had arrived just before us. Nevertheless, it took a while before we had that the woman of the souvenir shop also us the access needed to sell tickets for 190 respectively (adult) and 150 (student) Czech Crowns what so about 7 and 5 euros. The museum itself consists of a single floor with some pictures, what stuff you are reminiscent of the Soviet era and especially many boards with the explanation of a particular aspect. The first part is chronologically built up and gives you a glimpse into the rise of communism in Eastern Europe, the second part is a representation of the idea behind communism of the Soviet Union and its implementation (school life, the worker first, the propaganda machine, the hatred of capitalism, ...), the third part will give you a glimpse into the discipline that was applied to the fairy image to stick (this in a room decorated as if it were a trial room is) and the museum ends with the fall of the Berlin wall and the fall of communism. Therefore, among other things, a movie that the demonstrations against the then regime and the lack of press freedom. So you get a lot of information about communism, but you have to keep there attention to all that information to seep in. Admitted: we are there around 4 pm entered so our energy level was no longer on top;) and However, I wonder whether you would learn a lot if you already have knowledge about Communism and the Soviet Union. For us as non-experts, it was still interesting though, but in my opinion not the museum also went far beyond the base. They had the whole thing in my opinion can disguise and a lot more interesting. Also to my knowledge there are no additional booklets with additional info, an audio guide or anything else that you would be able to provide more or more detailed information than what is on the signs. I feel it was so a little too old-fashioned museum Setup. Just read signs with some photos at the long term, indeed, begins to be quite tiring. But that may be due to our namiddagdip again. Advantage is that the museum, just like many other things in Prague, is open from 9 am to 9 pm. You can also take doorslenteren after eating to your day. Certainly so interesting to get a first glimpse into life in the Soviet Union, but not in a way that still years in my memories will continue to simmer.
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  • Cobbled together bits of pieces, presented in strange groups without much context other than the general 'Communism is bad' theme. The exhibition started off with a timeline and seemed to give up halfway through and ended up with piles of old newspapers, reproduction packaging and some military uniforms on tired looking mannequins. Have been to similar museums in Budapest and Sofia which blew this away for quality and information. Best part was the graffiti in the toilets - 'Stalin was right', 'Better dead than red', Stalinism doesn't equal communism, HIV doesn't equal cancer'. You don't have to pay to get into that bit though. Would advise going into the casino on the opposite landing and learning about capitalism instead.
  • It was great! Faded grandeur of entrance and slightly aged surroundings only added to the sense of passion against repressive regimes. The North Korean area was excellent, reminding of the necessity of still speaking out today The film was well done and sobering ( followed by a poignant walk around the corner to Wenceslas Square -the site of the uprisings). Displays were excellent and plenty to read. A must see museum. Stood well with Leipzig reunification museum One suggestion - make the signage clearer at entrance
  • The most enjoyable museum experience I have ever had! Worth every penny and every second. It was such a moving experience. I will definitely go back and I highly recommend it!
  • It is a great museum. First of it is very quiet inside which is nice when the streets are crowded. The content itself is set up in great way (from the beginning of communism to the end) and it is very interesting. (Disclaimer: the museum itself isn't the newest and you will recognize it) We were amazed by it and would definitely recommend a visit if you are in Prague and are interested in the country's past!
  • A museum of the Communist times in Czech. Mostly history of it plus some stuff from those times. Not that big, but worth seeing. The props are mostly just there to be seen and don't add much to the history presented. I was expecting a bit more after all their ads across the city.