Communism Museum, Prague

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    Museum of Communism

    by GentleSpirit Updated Oct 27, 2012

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    I was frankly rather surprised that Prague, the center of one of the more conservative of the East Bloc countries, had a rather small museum about Communism. Realistically, it hasn't been all that long since Communism fell. Clearly, the Czechs don't want to dwell on the past, but at times you get the feeling that Communism is an episode of their history they just want to sweep away and forget, almost as if it never occurred.

    The first thing you can't really avoid noticing about this museum is its location. If you want ironies this is a doozie:) Located on Prague's ritziest shopping street (Na Prikope) it is a mansion, upstairs from McDonald's. Right across the street and all around it are every designer store you can imagine. It's quite cool really. You go up this long marble stairway and at first it seems a little barren. There is a small gift shop (some great postcards to send home! My conservative friends went wild!)

    The museum itself is a bit small, in some places it seems overly cluttered. It does give a sketch of the development of Communism in what was then Czechoslovakia, from the earliest days (before the Red Army invaded). There are the obligatory busts of Lenin and Stalin. There was also an interesting exhibition of some of the propaganda and how the communists infiltrated into virtually every area of life, or tried to at least. One thing i found really quite well done was at the end of the visit there is a video presentation, which i found quite moving.

    With the huge amount of things to see and do in Prague I would not consider this to be a must-see sight. If you are especially interested in Communism in Czechoslovakia, a little glimpse of daily life and some of the instruments of repression (you will see a full replica of an interrogation chamber) this is a worthwhile use of your time

    As museums of communism go how does this compare? The Stasi museum in Berlin is packed to the rafters with good exhibits but the design itself is way too compact and there is the constant feeling of claustrophobia. I thought the terror museum in Budapest was well done but sketchy. The large field in Budapest that now serves as a graveyard for communist era statues is worth it though.

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    by Karlie85 Written Oct 29, 2009

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    My husband is very interested in communism and politics in general, and I'm quite interested in communism as well, so we weren't going to pass up the Museum of Communism in a former communist country. Although the museum was fairly interesting, I found it wasn’t presented very well. The museum was basically a series of numbered poster boards with photos and a lot of reading that weren't really in order, so we had to look for the small number in the corner to make sure we were on the right one. The boards were very thought-provoking, especially the ones on the espionage and censorship. They were written in Czech but everything was translated in English and I believe French, German and Italian as well, which was helpful. There were items throughout the museum, big and small, including a replica of the Berlin Wall. At times it felt a little cluttered.
    There were display cases with items that looked interesting, but didn’t have any labels or descriptions on them in any language, which was a bit disappointing.
    The best part of the museum was a video (in Czech, with English subtitles) that was playing near the end. There was very moving and disturbing footage of the demonstrations during the Velvet Revolution, which described how it all came to be. After watching the video, it made our visit to Wenceslas Square (where the Velvet Revolution took place) a lot more meaningful. Unless politics and history really interest you and you have a fairly long attention span, this museum might not be for you.
    On a funny note, this Museum of Communism is next to a McDonald's and a casino. Go figure.

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    by doug48 Written Jun 21, 2008

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    the museum of communism is focused on the communist era in prague. the museum has an interesting collection of communist propaganda and displays on the velvet revolution. the museum is located in a building housing a mc donald's on na prikope street.

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    Museum of Communism

    by coccinella169 Updated Jun 9, 2008
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    Ironically, the Museum of Communism of Prague is located in the same building as a Mc Donald`s and the casino :). It gives you a vivid overview over the history of communism and daily life in that period in the Czech Republic. Actually I found it very interesting. For instance, they show an interrogation room (the old, black phone there is ringing constantly) or a class room. There is also a film about communism in Czech Republic including some moving scenes about the velvet revolution in 1989. The museum store offers some unusual souvenirs.

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    Museum of communism

    by deeper_blue Written Jan 1, 2008

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    The Communist museum serves as a reminder to life under the soviet regime inthe Czech Republic between 1948 and 1989. There is a video documenting the political events and much of the propaganda. There are also many communist artifacts and interesting documents.
    Entrance is 180 crowns for adults.

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    Museum of Communism

    by monkeytrousers Written Jul 17, 2007
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    This was an incredibly interesting museum about communism in general and in relation to Czechoslovakia & Prague. It details how communism took root in Prague, what the city was like before, during and after it and examines things like the resistance movement. There are communist artefacts and replicas spread throughout the museum along with reconstructions of communist era rooms such as a school room. When I was there, there was also an insightful video showing various demonstrations by those against communism and the actions of police and secret police during them.

    I would highly recommend the museum and I spend all morning there I was that interested in it. It costs 180 Kc admission.

    To get there head towards the McDonalds on Na Prikope, one of the main streets at the bottom of Wencheslas Square, go through into the courtyard for the casino next door, and up the stairs. If you go right you go to the casino, left for the museum. Anyone else notice a tiny bit of irony about its location? :-P

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    Museum of Communism - lessons from recent times.

    by Lejla06 Written Feb 9, 2007

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    The first museum in Prague (since the Velvet Revolution) exclusively devoted to a system established in the sphere of the former Soviet Union. The original items and meticulous installations containing authentic artefacts are displayed in the three main rooms (please see the virtual tour).

    Just get back in time...30years ago...

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    Museum of Communism

    by MLW20 Written Oct 30, 2006

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    The museum gives a good review of the Czech Republic's 40 year run with Soviet economics. It has propoganda posters, busts of Marx, Lenin & Stalin, and some re-created things from communist life.

    My favorite part of the museum was the recreations of a communist store, classroom and the video about communism.

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    A Trip Back In Time: Museum of Communism

    by alex0312 Written Sep 16, 2006
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    This is a pretty interesting place. It is like reliving Communism all over again. There are a ton of things from Communist era including books, motocycles, busts of Lenin, Stalin and not to forget, Marx, statues, propaganda, and a portion of Berlin wall (if I remember correctly). They have a reconstructed school room, store, and an office. If have never lived through this you may not be as interested in this museum, but I was born in U.S.S.R. and even though I am only 23-years-old I still remember the desks they used in schools, the music ad pictures, and how could I ever forget the replica of a store that they have. The price is right (140CZK) and it will take you about 40 minutes to view the museum, but it very interesting and pictures are allowed at no extra cost. I would definitely recommend this place. If you have never lived through this it will be a new experience and if you did, well you will relive it all over again.

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    Communism Museum

    by Ericasmurf99 Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    This was a good museum about communism times in the Czech Republic. During those times you would have known them as Czechoslovakia.

    Lots of stuff to include old military uniforms, old cartoons about "evil, capiltalist" America, and even a piece of the Berlin Wall from Germany.

    The museum likes to poke fun at the fact that they are located above McDonalds and across from a famous department store. If only Stalin could see this!

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    Museum of Communism

    by aj813 Written Jul 16, 2006

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    Located, ironically enough, between a casino and a McDonalds, the Museum of Communism offers a suprisingly detailed history of communist activity in the Czech Republic. It's not a museum you'll spend hours at, but it's an interesting stop.

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    by Pieter11 Updated Jan 28, 2006

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    The Museum of Communism in Praag couldn't be in a worse place then it is right now. It's situated in the popular shoppingstreet Na Prikope, next to a casino and right above the MacDonald's restaurant. Lenin wouldn't rest in peace if he knew this.

    Nevertheless the museum is a good exhibition of what communism meant for Czechoslovakia. Since 1948, at the end of the Second World War, communism captured the country. Although there was a lot of resistance against it, communism stayed until 1968. Then Alexander Dubcek rebeled and, for a short term, brought democracy to Czechoslovakia. Not much later the Party got back their power and stayed there until 1989. In that year the Velvet Revolution made a real end to the communistic period.

    The museum shows objects of the communistic period as well as video's and pictures, stories, statues and complete livingrooms. Some knowledge of the communistic thoughts and influences is needed when you visit the museum, otherwise your visit would not be more then just a look around.

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    Museum of Communism

    by Puckfair Written Apr 28, 2005

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    this is located nxt to a casino on one side and then as a marked contrast to what it represents above Macdonalds
    which is funny
    i thought that museum was good,esp since it was getting reviews as been small etc
    it was in a beautiful old building , with elaborate ceilings
    i thought it was a bit creepy , u would get a chill around there and was watched all the time, creepy esp when u go into the interrogation room and the phone rings
    adds to the atmosphere
    one quirk is that u could buy old communist medals authentic or not , a unique pressie from prague

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    Museum of Communism

    by danielcv Written Feb 19, 2005
    Lenin would die if he knew McDonald's next door.

    As opposed to what the name suggests, the Museum of Communism is not a free attraction. Ironically sharing a building with a casino and located next to a McDonalds, the museum displays memorabilia from the communist days.

    There you will find an interrogation room, complete with Lenin statues on the desk. The museum also tells most of Czech Republic's recent history as it has exhibitions on the Velvet Revolution and Prague Spring. Cool picture opportunities as well. Not to be missed.

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    Communism Museum

    by William1982 Written Aug 1, 2004

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    Located right next door to a McDonalds (note the irony) is the Prague Communism Museum. Displaying everything from the era under communist power, the museum gives an account of the life and struggles of the Czech people.

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