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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 #16 of 130 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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South Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Visiting this site was like going back in time, into the not so distant past. Though far away from Estonia, here in Slovakia, we, or rather our parents, were similarly unhappy to experience the malice of communist regime. The museum might be considered very small but the atmosphere and the load of information was enormous. Do not miss the spectacular... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014 via mobile

As a history buff this place felt like a must! Viru hotel served as the kgb headquarters during the cold war in Estonia. Our guide was lovely and really professional. I had hoped for more kgb stuff to see but nevertheless it was absolutely worth a visit. You have to book tickets in advance.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Installed at a high floor at Viru hotel, there are several rooms which were used by the KGB to ear every thing that happened at the hotel and control the foreigner people and identify possible spies.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Nudge nudge wink wink...the walls have ears. Wow, what an interesting glimpse into the life that my grandparents and relatives had to endure. Seems like it is impossible but it is consistent with the real life stories I have heard. Highly reccomend it.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This museum is just a couple of rooms at the top of the hotel and the story is as much about how the hotel operated as about the KGB but the guide was excellent. Really brought it all to life with great humour. Worth an hour visit and €5 per person entry

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

My husband and I were incredibly curious about how the KGB unofficially set up surveillance in the Viru Hotel in the 1970s. The tour was more about the stories and anecdotes than the actual items from the Soviet era. Our guide, Pavel, was born and raised in Soviet Estonia and has a wonderful perspective to the official/unofficial lives Estonians lived... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

What a pleasure it was to spnd an hour with the knowledgeable Pavel and learn about the KGB monitoring guestsbin the former Intourist HotelmTallinn, now the Hotel Viru. You take an elevator tomthe 22nd floormand then go through a doormto go up the stairs to a floor that did notmofficially exist, though it shows in the blueprints. He explains when... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

By the 1970s the former Soviet Union was keen to get hard currency even if it meant encouraging Western tourists. In Tallinn's case, those coming off the ferry from Helsinki were housed in the specially built Hotel Viru. This was designed to offer every conceivable service within the hotel - a choice of restaurants, shops, bars, salons, etc. so that... More 

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Espoo, Southern Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is hilarious. You will get most of this museum, if you stayed overnight at Hotel Viru between 1972...1989. Other will also benefit to get glimps of hotel industry in the good old Soviet times. Appreciate the effort the hotel has done to preserve its roots and origins. Take one hour tour with funny guide. Prepare to be on your... More 

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