The museum focuses on the totalitarian regime from the February coup in 1948 to its rapid collapse in November 1989. The theme of the Museum is “Communism- the Dream, the Reality, and the Nightmare” and visitors will be treated to a fully immersive experience. Immersive factories, a historical schoolroom, an Interrogation Room, or the video clips in our Television Time Machine are all part of the experience. The museum is a great introduction before you step back even further in time and experience the wonders of The Golden City.
This is 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)
The Museum presents a vivid account of Communism, focusing generally on Czechoslovakia and particularly on Prague in a variety of areas, such as:
-the „arts“ (such as the so-called Socialist Realism movement)
-the Peoples’ Militias
-the police (including the dreaded secret STB apparatus)
-judiciary and coercive institutions (including the Stalinist show-trials and political labour camps)
Highlights from the displays include rare items from the Museum’s own comprehensive archive as well as material obtained by the organisers from major collections, both public and private.
The Museum of Communism was created for the display and interpretation of objects and historic documents. It stands as an authoritative historical narrative relating to this 20th-century phenomenon. It is, however, in no way intended by the organisers to be a filter for contemporary political issues in the Czech Republic.
The organizers of the Museum would like to express their gratitude to the following people for their participation:
Jan a Kristyna Kaplan, Kabinet soudní dokumentace a vězeňství pan PhDr. Aleš Kýr a paní Kafková, PhDr. Čestmír Kráčmar, PhDr. Marta Sylvestrová, Dagmar Hochová, Viktor Šlajchert, Gene Deitch, Dr. Otto Pick, Glen Emery, František Zahrádka, Jan Stránský, Mgr. Alexandr Koráb, Mgr. Tomáš Carba, Mathew Ginn, Joel Winn, Dr. Tracy Dove and others…..
Photo credits: Cosmin Năsui