Speculum Alchemiae, Prague

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#12 of 189 in Museums in Czech Republic
Discover places where alchemists made the elixir of eternal youth and the philosopher's stone at Speculum Alchemiae. The museum houses secret alchemical laboratories that were built for King Rudolf II in the 16th century. The laboratories were discovered during the reconstruction of one of the city's oldest historical buildings, a World Heritage Site. During your visit, you can find out where the secret of making gold was written, who the reputed founder of alchemy was, and other legends from the so-called Prague Magical Triangle. The museum shop offers elixirs prepared according to the original recipes. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Prague holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Speculum Alchemiae and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Lovingly designed small museum with historical knowledge and fanciful legends and stories. Set up by individuals with hand work.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It was a nice surprise. I wasn't expecting nothing special. The lady give great explanations of the past, what happened and was nice enough to give time to translate to my family in Portuguese. I have...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Who likes stories, is right here. A bit of everything: history, mystery, surprise and a very nice guide!
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  • June 21, 2017
    This is a must see. They have a small tour every half hour and you get so see some amazing parts of one of the oldest buildings in that part of town. The building has been well persevered and restored to its original condition so its like walking back in time! The staff is knowledgeable about the history of the aria and willing to take their time with the tour.
  • April 14, 2017
    Great tour of the alchemical laboratory beneath the building, used to create tinctures and potions for Rudolph II! Our guide was well read and clear, giving us a great sense of the history of the building, those surrounding it, and the religious setting of Prague generally. The underground passages are in great condition given that the while network was discovered after a large flood and the formation of a sinkhole in the square outside. A real gem!
  • June 5, 2017
    Enthusiastic staff, guided tour was fun with plenty of historical information in between jokes, legends and connections to today's world. Not your usual historical exhibit. Worth a visit.
  • April 21, 2017
    Had the best experience here! An amazing place with rich history that is tied in mystery and wonder! The only museum I saw in Prague and beyond compare to many other classical or modern museums you can visit across Europe!
  • June 19, 2017
    Orginal Alchymie Laboratory from times of Rudolf II. Fascinating place with tunnels that led to Prague Castel and Namesti Republiky.

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