Tourist Trap Chronicles - Prague's Museum of Alchemy

While Prague is nowadays full of tourists, there was a time when the city was full of visitors of a more esoteric nature. 

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* How can one NOT get intrigued by this shrouded figure by the Museum's entrance!


Prague Museum of Alchemy

* A very good summary of all the exotic things found therein!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Back in 1576, the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II, chose Prague to be his home.

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* What he did afterwards was to welcome magicians, alchemists, astrologers, artists, and musicians into his royal city!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Sparking the "most intense period" of occult activity in history.

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* This museum's goal was to give us a glimpse of how an alchemist's workshop would look like back then.

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* What the duck?!?

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Species preserved in formalin - a must for every home!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* You can't have a creepy home without creepy sketches of creepy stuff.

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Let's zoom in to get a better look!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* For someone who didn't care about interior design, his place sure was tidy!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Do not feed the pet monkey!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Alchemy is defined as the study of the transformation of matter; and a precursor to the science of chemistry.

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Historically, it's two main goals were the conversion of any metal into Gold (then the most valuable item a man could have)

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* And the formulation of the Fountain of Youth - so one could stay young, forever!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* The more diverse the ingredient list, the more legit the alchemist you are!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* Charming!

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* What a man can accomplish without today's distractions (social media, ipads, macbooks, etc)

Prague Museum of Alchemy

* I'd like a few shots of the mysterious blue liquid, por favor!

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