Speculum Alchemiae, Prague
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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Each trip to a foreign megapolis except for the infamous tourist spots and historical places can turn into an exiting journey if you bother to learn some additional info about what's left aside these ... read more »
We had a very nice and interesting half an hour tour, full of a lot of cool historical facts. The museum is quite small but our guide made it worthwhile! There's a Czech tour and an English tour, so y... read more »
Très intéressante visite commentée en Anglais rien que pour nous deux par un jeune homme enthousiaste et passionné. Vous saurez tout sur Rodolphe II et l'alchimie, vous visiterez un laboratoire souter... read more »Very interesting visit commented in English just for us two by an enthusiastic and passionate young man. You will learn all about Rodolphe II and Alchemy, you will visit an underground lab and mysterious tunnels.show original
Wonderful place to come across on our trip to Prague. We were looking for the Prague Jewish museum but stumbled across this instead. Well worth missing the Jewish museum. Good price about 12 dollars per person and some great souvenirs that have a lot more value than the ones you find on a random street corner. If they open any other of the passages or rooms I will go back in a heartbeat.
A fun little diversion. The glassware felt a little tacky, but the underground tunnels were very interesting.
Surprisingly interesting. Guided tour to the underground pasages of 16th century apothecary lab. Was a little short though. This apothecary lab was doscovered in 2002 and had been abandoned for centuries. The discovery also lead to finding ancient recipes of elixirs which they reproduce and sell now.
Highly recommend this place. One of the oldest buildings in Prague and really informative and interesting tour.
It's a guilded tour. There aren't much to see. Regardless it was really fun to be in the old secret lab! I would totally come back if they open the passage to the castle.
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