Museum of communism in Prague – Is it worth seeing?
As part of the Prague Museum Night event, I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Communism for free. For a long time I wanted to visit this place, so I was very curious how I would like it and what new I will learn. Did it meet my expectations? Keep reading and you will find out!
On their website (http://muzeumkomunismu.cz/en/about/) you can read the following in the “about us” section – “The museum provides a suggestive view of the following aspects of life in Communist-era Czechoslovakia: daily life, politics, history, sports, education, art (specifically Socialist Realism), propaganda in the media, the People’s Militias, the army, the police (including the secret police, the StB), censorship, and other institutes of repression, including trials and political labor camps during the Stalinist era. It focuses on the totalitarian regime that ruled the country in February 1948 until the Velvet Revolution in 1989.” Here I would like to point out that at my university we have discussed history quite closely, so my knowledge is slightly above average compared to someone who is not interested in history at all. However, from a museum focused on a particular theme, I would expect to overcome my knowledge since I’m not a historian or a student of history, also I was born after this communism era. So I learned nothing new, but it was a pleasant refreshment of these events.
What I would like to highlight is the museum’s visual. The interior is modern and tasteful. Specimens, photos, videos and much more are thematically arranged. There are also English labels. and info. There are clean toilets, a cloakroom, and a storage area for a backpack or bag. Housed in a space of nearly 1,500 m2.
Admission is 290,- crowns per adult, 270,- per senior and 250,- per student. The museum is located in the center of Prague in the Old Customs House, V Celnici 1031/4, Prague 1. If you are interested in a guided tour, it is possible here. A guided tour costs 1,500 Kč in addition to the price of admission.
So is it worth going here? If you are a foreigner and you are interested in this topic, then go. Communism was a mad era not only in Czechoslovakia. It’s good to know about this part of history. Then one more appreciates the political regime in which he lives.