No visit to Prague cannot pass without mentioning the history when Czechoslovakia was under communist rule. The Museum of Communism tells the story of this time. Admission for adults 190 CZK, Students with ID 150 CZK. Children under 10 years of age have free admission.
Ironically the museum is located above a McDonald’s on Na Příkopě. Communism right next to an icon of the free market.
The museum is split into six sections and also include a cinema and a mock-up of an interrogation room.
The sections are:
- The Origins
- The Dream
- The Reality
- The Nightmare
- Cult of Personality
- Velvet Revolution
These sections follow in a chronological order to tell of life for the ordinary citizen. It looks at the various areas of everyday life such as politics, sport, daily life, education, propaganda, censorship, the army and police. There is also a display about the show trails that took place.
The Cinema shows a film about the struggle for freedom for the Czechoslovakian people. It particularly highlights the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution. It was certainly moving and I could see people having to wipe away tears from their eyes. It makes you grateful about the things you take for granted.
Would I recommend the museum as a place to visit. The answer is yes. One cannot separate communism from the history of Prague and how people suffered and why they took to the streets for their freedom. There are relics all around the city. It is a good way to spend an hour or two especially for the history fan.
Until the next post stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.