Museum of Communism – Prague, Czech Republic

Museum of Communism, Prague Czech Republic

We arrived in Prague after a seven hour train ride from Vienna. We had taken advantage of an airfare deal on Austrian Airlines and planned an eight day tour around Central Europe with Prague as our first stop.

Prague is an amazing city, combining the dreary look of a post-Soviet country with vibrant modernism and a populace excited for the future. Throughout our stay we did most of the normal tourist activities: a visit to Prague Castle, a walk across the Charles Bridge and of course spending time in the Medieval Old Town with its famous clock tower. We also paid an additional, last minute visit to the Czech Museum of Communism.

Every country has its own, unique way of addressing its past – both things of which they are proud and others which they are not. A visit to the Communism Museum was an experience in unintentional irony amidst the telling of a tragic story.

Museum of Communism, Prague Czech RepublicYou can find the Museum in the middle of the main shopping district, next door to a McDonald’s and in the same building as a casino. Obviously the Czech people haven’t had too many problems ridding themselves of their Communist past.

While simple, the museum does a remarkable job of telling the complete history of Communism in the Czech Republic and the process through which it became a satellite of the Soviet Union. While not at all unbiased, it is this honest commentary into just how much the Czechs hated the Russians that tells the true story.

Yes there are artifacts and pictures and the history is well interpreted, but it is the way in which the museum presents the history that is most telling. The resentment and outright hatred is palpable and you get a real idea of the legacy the Soviet years have left in the country.

The Museum ends with a presentation of the Velvet Revolution, led by the playwright and national hero Vaclav Havel. The tour is also concluded by an unexpected sense of optimism and hopefulness that clearly had been missing for decades.

You can learn a lot about the history of the Czech Republic throughout its capital city, but the Museum of Communism is one of the few ways to learn about the people involved with the making of that history.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

3 thoughts on “Museum of Communism – Prague, Czech Republic”

  1. This was actually one of my favorites sites in Prague. It was emotional, at times difficult to watch and witness, but a true testament to what the Czech people went through. I’m so glad you saw it too, it’s often over looked.

    Another awesome thing to do in Prague is ghost tours. Full of legends and local lore, it’s a little bit cheesy but alot of fun and you get a good dose of history as well! McGee’s Ghost Tours was who I recommend.

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