I love hokey tourist attractions! Every city that I visit usually has something silly to do, and Prague was no exception. I found three incredibly hokey tourist attractions in Prague that were absolutely amazing. Some were fun, some were educational, and some were outdated and incredibly strange. I loved it all! Here are the three hokey tourist attractions in Prague that I visited, I hope you find them as ridiculous and fun as I did!
Museum of Torture
The Museum of Torture, located just off of Old Town Square, was my favorite of the three hokey tourist attractions in Prague. This museum is located in the underground, a network of caverns underneath the modern day city. Some of them date back to the 14th century!
The ambiance of the underground enhanced the eeriness of the museum, ensuring a macabre experience. The museum housed real artifacts of medieval torture, with posters describing how these items were actually used. It also had drawings and reconstructions which illustrated (sometimes in graphic detail) the implements being used on victims. This museum is not for the faint of heart. Its terrifying to think that real people treated each other this way. It’s also good to know this history though, so we don’t make the same mistakes. The only down side to the museum was that it had a recording of a woman screaming on repeat, which lost the spooky appeal quickly and was just annoying.
Museum of Sex Machines
Yes, this a real thing. The Museum of Sex Machines is located in Old Town Square. I didn’t know what to expect, but it caught my attention and I had to check it out. The museum was actually really interesting! They even have an artifact (dildo) from pre-historic times, which anthropologists believe was really used for…stimulation. They also had an artifact from Ancient Greece. The proprietors of this museum did their homework, which was really impressive.
The majority of the artifacts were from 20th century, but I give the museum credit in that it had real artifacts on display. I thought they would only have illustrations and descriptions! The focus of the museum is BDSM (apparently that particular sexual activity lends itself to machines better than others, who would have thought?) and there were a few graphic machines, photographs, and descriptions. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it sure wasn’t a BDSM museum! I would totally recommend this museum to people who are interested in human sexuality. Maybe those folks could figure out some of the more confusing contraptions. Some of the exhibits were really intense though, so I wouldn’t recommend this museum to someone who is easily embarrassed or grossed out.
Museum of Ghosts and Legends
Prague is a very old city, and as such has a plethora of myths and legends surrounding ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural creatures. Many locals will say that it is the most haunted city in in the world! Given this rich history of things that go bump in the night, I had high hopes for the Museum of Ghosts and Legends, located across the Charles Bridge.
Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. This museum was incredibly outdated. The few interactive displays they did have were very old and didn’t work properly anymore. I do love hokey, so I would have loved the old contraptions had they been operational! They had some figures and displays set up, but due to their age and upkeep most of these were more sad than spooky. Most of the museum was dedicated to pages and posts of text. I enjoyed reading the legends, but it was time consuming and I was hoping for something a little more interactive and a little spookier. This museum was definitely the hokiest of the hokey tourist attractions in Prague that I had time to check out.
There are many other hokey tourist attractions that you can visit in Prague, which I unfortunately didn’t have time for. There is a mirror maze, a virtual reality ride, and even a second torture museum. I’d love to hear your experiences with any of these attractions!
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