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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 6 809 300
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Ranked #19 of 139 attractions in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It also had to be good enough for the KGB ... The museum represents a collection... more » Owner description: In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It also had to be good enough for the KGB ... The museum represents a collection of the stories of two worlds. In one of them, mostly existing on paper, happy Soviet people enjoyed a life of plenty and friendship, led by a single wise political party. The other world – the real one – had a nature much more diverse and complicated. « less
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  • Finnish first
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Tallinn
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Fun and informative guided tour. Got a real sense of life not so long ago but still another world. Guide was excellent. Lovely view of the city from the roof.

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Ottawa
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Great little museum at the top of the Viru Sokos Hotel, right downtown Tallinn. Our guide 'Margret' was great and was able to paint a vivid picture of Soviet era life in Estonia and at Viru Hotel. I highly recommend visiting this museum. You have to book the tour ahead. Cost (July 2014) was 9 euros which I thought was... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Very few artifacts. Not really a museum. Boring provincial lecture. Hords of tourists packed in a small room with a table, a chair, some Kgb uniforms and a tape recorder.....Don't go. It's a tourist trap.

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vienna
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42 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

On the top floor of the Sokos Viru Hotel you will go back in time. Our guide, Jana, was informative, entertaining and very personable. The tour is limited to 20, so book ahead so you are not disappointed. This is a sight where you will leave thinking, if walls could talk! The elevator does not go to this floor, and... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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50 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We rocked up early in the morning as a group of about 9 and booked onto a tour that afternoon - might be more advantageous to call ahead, but we thought at least by going to the hotel itself, we'd know our way back later on - just ask at the main reception about the KGB Museum. You meet down... More

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Riga, Latvia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice place with autentic KGB interior from former Soviet times in hotel Viru, years 1970-1990. KGB Soviet times espionage equipment parts is seen. Only guided tours, no individual acess. Nice guides stories about Soviet times hotel Viru life.

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A series of rooms at the top of the Viru hotel in Tallin used by the KGB to gather information on visitors. A most interesting insight into life during the communist era in Estonia. A 'must do'. Conducted as a guided tour, the group was a little too large for comfort. Might be better out of high season.

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New York City, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Small museum, but the guide explained a lot and it was very interesting to see the actual KGB "tools." Make sure to visit the currency bar after the museum. Also, it is essential that you call to reserve a spot and check the time of the tour as groups only go up at certain times

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Finland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The museum is centrally located in Hotel Viru - just 4 minute walk from the old town. The price (06/2014) was 9 euros per head. They only have guided tours at set hours - in English and Finnish. The tour takes one hour. You may want to pre-book (on the same day) and not just turn up 5 minutes before... More

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Quincy, IL
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

One of the places we had to see this time was the KGB Museum in the Hotel Viru. What a great hour! My only disappointment is that there is not a book on the topic with the pictures we saw. The equipment, the guide, and the trip back down to the 'Currency Bar' on the second floor all transported us... More

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