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KGB Museum

Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 6 809 300
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Ranked #18 of 159 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...
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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 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.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Took the lift to the 22nd floor and then had it explained we were going to the floor that didn't exist (Floor 23) where the KGB were housed within the hotel. Wasn't quite what I had expected, thought it would be bigger than it was but it was a very interesting hour about the KGB and what they got up... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Located only in 2 rooms at the top of the Viru Hotel, the KGB museum was fascinating. The tour guide was absolutely brilliant at explaining the history of the hotel and how it was used to spy on international guests. She told us loads of anecdotal stories about the goings-on in the hotel. I would definitely recommend this.

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Chippenham UK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The tour began at 11:30 at the viru hotel, tallinn. Pavel was our guide who was both informative and hilarious. He took us up to floor 22 in the lift then up the secret stairs to floor 23 where the kgb headquarters were. We were able to look out from the balcony and also too see inside the rooms where... More 

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Moss, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The guide had very good knowledge about the hotel and its history. I had imagined that we would visit some more rooms, but the museum was still worth all the money. All the stories about the employees and the KGB spies was fascinating, and was the most memorable from this visit.

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napier
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015 via mobile

This small group tour was a real gem. Our guide Jana was brilliant and was passionate in her wish yo convey the fascinating story from the immediate past. The sense of history was so real, you could literally smell the character of the rooms. As one views this museum, we ought to stop and appreciate the relative ease of our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our tour guide (with red hair) use to work in the hotel in the 1980s and 90. Therefore she had first hand experience of what it was actually like in the hotel. I learnt a lot from her about Estonia in the USSR era and what it was like for everyday people. She gave an overview of the KGB and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

As you stand at the top of the Viru Hotel, it is hard to remember that at one time this country was occupied by the Soviet Union. The hotel was the center of the Russian KGB's survalience operations. Our guide was Jana and she was very engaging. She explained the reason the hotel was built and what it was like... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Really cool history. Worth the 9 euro for the view. Was disappointed that there were over to 30 people in the group. Too many to to be able to hear or get into the rooms at the same time.

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Riihimaki, Finland
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This museum is situated on the top of hotel Viru. The guide is very professional with lot of stories from the past. Several experienced travellers were aware of the system during those days. This is a must museum in Tallinn.

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South Florida
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Our guide, Margit, was fantastic. She was very informative and gave many personal stories to make the experience more interesting. The tour is not very long and is very informative and humorous. The panoramic views from the museum are tremendous. I highly recommend this tour as part of your visit to Tallinn.

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