The Museum of Communism is devoted to the events following the February 1948 coup until the November 1989 revolution. It is located in the Old Customs House near the Republic Square (the entrance is between Kolkovna restaurant and Billa supermarket). The exhibition is related to a wide range of aspects of life in communist-era Czechoslovakia, with the political context being just one of them. It is especially devoted to the everyday life of ordinary people and the tools they used in everyday life.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: V Celnici 1031/4, Praha 1′
GPS coordinates: 50.0880050N, 14.4303436E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the Museum of Communism:
- Na Poříčí Street: Náměstí Republiky tram stop (trams 6, 8, 15, 26, night lines 91, 94, 96), bus line 207
- Havlíčkova Street: Masarykovo nádraží tram stop (trams 3, 6, 14, 15, 24, 26, night line 91, 92, 94, 96), bus line 207 and night bus line 905, 907, 908, 911)
- Náměstí Republiky metro station (Line B – yellow line)
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
For up-to-date information about the admission fees and opening hours of the Museum of Communism, visit muzeumkomunismu.cz. A 60-minute guided tour in English, German and French can be booked in advance. For more information, see the official website above.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MUSEUM OF COMMUNISM
The Museum of Communism occupies an area of almost 1500 square metres. There are 62 information boards, archival materials and also several special expositions, such as a shock worker’s workshop, a school classroom, a child’s bedroom and an interrogation room. There is also a cinema which at regular intervals (every 20 minutes) plays a documentary film titled “A Time of Shame, Silence and Hope”. It was directed by Josef Císařovský and covers the period from 1969 to 1989. The Museum of Communism informs visitors about sport, education, economy, art, media propaganda and army of the time, and also about People’s Militias and police, including the State Security (secret police force). There is also a shop in the museum, where visitors can purchase a wide range of souvenirs such as books, posters, postcards, t-shirts, mugs, badges and much more.
MUSEUM OF COMMUNISM AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the Museum of Communism, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock, the Týn Yard – Ungelt, the Grévin Waxwork Museum, the Municipal House, the Powder Tower, shops in Na Příkopě Street, the National Museum and many others.