PRAGUE COMMUNIST MUSEUM
The museum is an exhibition of cold war items from the Russian communist period of rule in the former Czechoslovakia behind the Iron Curtain. The Museum provides visitors the chance to relive the communist era, secret-police interrogations and all, with a unique and vivid experience of the totalitarian regime's affect on all areas of life in Czechoslovakia from the time of its conception in the February coup in 1948 until its collapse as a result of the Velvet Revolution in November of 1989. Opened in 2001, the Prague Communist Museum is the only museum of its kind in the city, and the Czech Republic for that matter, exclusively focusing on a political system established within the influence of the former Soviet Union.
Using authentic artifacts, scenes from everyday life (such as a 1950's era replica workshop, a historical schoolroom, a sparsely stocked grocery shop and a chilling reproduction of an interrogation room, complete with ancient typewriter and brightly shining lamp, where the secret police forced people to sign confessions) have been meticulously re-created. With the additional utilisation throughout of film footage, video recordings, music, posters, statues, flags, paintings and photographs the Prague communsit musem brings alive again a dark era in recent Czech history to successfully demonstrate the utopian ideal of communism, the reality of life under the regime and the nightmare of a state controlled by the secret-police through surveillance, censorship and imprisonment.
The museum extensively covers the affect of the regime on all spheres of life and culture including: daily life, politics, economics, education, history, sport, the arts (namely Socialist Realism), media propaganda, the army, the People's Militias, the police and the despised secret police apparatus, censorship, judiciary and coercive institutions (including the Stalinist show trials) and political labour camps. One of the highlight features of the Prague communist museum is the projection room where regular film screenings, interviews with ex-political prisoners and propaganda films are aired, on occasions it also serves as a venue for educational activities and lectures. To get the true flavour of how life was under communism and to contrast it against Prague today and also gain a real appreciation of how far it has come in a relatively short period of time, no trip to the capital can be considered complete without a visit to the Prague communist museum.
Minimum group size - 2 people.
Start time and length of tour - Open Daily from 9.00am to 21.00pm including holidays except for the 24th of December. It lasts as long as you require, normally 2 hours is enough to see everything.
Price per person - Adults 290 CZK / 11 Euro, Students (must show ID card) 250 CZK / 10 Euro, Seniors (65+) 270 CZK / 10 Euro, Children under 10 years old go free if with a paying adult. Family offer (max 2 adults, 2 children 10 to 17 years old) 600 CZK / 23 Euro.
Transfers and guide included ? - There is no pick up included in the Prague Communist Museum and the tour is not guided.
Address: V Celnici 1031/4, Prague 1.
Telephone: 00420 224 212 966
Prague Communist Museum - Prague Tours Direct