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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 141 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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brisbane
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed this tour and although it was a little bit of trouble to get booked it was well worth it. Make sure you let the hotel reception staff know what you are there for when you arrive , otherwise you might miss the group leaving and heading upstairs to the exhibit. Lots of stories and very interesting that... More

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

During the one-hour-tour a guide will show you the upper floor of this famous hotel. Tip: make a reservation if you want the English tour. We had a enthousiastic tour-guide, well spoken English. She showed us around and told a lot of interesting stories.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Interesting museum, and despite the fact that the museum is really small, I think it was well worth it. But I think you have to interested in this part of history to enjoy it. Remember to book in advance!

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Telford, PA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Please note that you have to make a reservation for this tour/museum. It is not very big or long, but the guide was very personable and made it interesting. There is not a lot to see, but if you have interest in this part of history, you will probably enjoy it. If you are in the area and have the... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The museum itself is really small and there is just 3 rooms to see. However the interesting details such as the original photos, papers, posters and furniture is something appealing. Moreover, we had a guide who really could tell the presentations in an interesting way with lost of personal examples of the Soviet Union time. The views from the 23rd... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Interesting to see a little about this time, but there's not a lot to it. The guide was nice, but cramped spaces meant I couldn't hear here all the time. Worth a look if you have the time but don't expect to be blown away.

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Dublin, Ireland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Excellent insight into life whilst under KGB oppression. Tour guide Margarit was brilliant. She told wonderful stories and brought the place to life. Very worthwhile.

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Davis, California
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very interesting tour. Not a lot in the way of actual exhibits, but the tales told by the guide were fascinating, especially if you remember the days of Intourist and the KGB. In high season, book in advance for the English tour.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I read about the KGB museum in a guide book and thought it might be worth a visit and it certainly was! It is located in the hotel Vilu just on the edge of the old town. You have to book a tour which they do in a couple of languages, I think there are two a day in English.... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A small though interesting museum, located in the top floor of Hotel Viru. The visit takes about an hour and a half. The museum is quite small, but our guide was excellent telling lots of stories and interesting facts from the KGB era. The tour guide (Jana if I remember correctly) made also questions to us, thus making the tour... More

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