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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 #19 of 234 things to do 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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Vasa, Western Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The museum is very small, but with a very good and funny guide explaining things, it didn't feel like a very long hour. The price is however quite high (10€) for such a small museum. The view from the balconies are very nice, and you're allowed to take pictures of everything there is in the museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I would never normally tell someone what they *must* do with their holiday, but this was easily the best thing we experienced on an excellent holiday to Tallinn. The tour was short (about an hour long) but fascinating insight into the KGB and Estonia's past. Our tour guide, Jana, was simply perfect: she was engaging, knowledgeable and told fascinating stories... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This tour need to be booked in advance at the veru hotel. It cost 10€ Pp. the guide was enthusiastic and informative. She told interesting stories from the time. And even some of the other tourist came with their stories witch made it seem very alive and real

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West London
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20 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Whilst the museum in reality is only 2 rooms the guide, Jana brought it to life and made it a really interesting experience with stories of the building and what it was like to be under the Communist system. There are great views from the roof but don’t bother with the video shown after on the 2nd floor, it's just... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour made even better by the guide who was very humorous. Worth visiting in Tallinn to find out more about the soviet influences in Estonia and how life was back then.

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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We went to this museum in the winter, with almost no tourists. It was a bit hard to find the museum, as it is inside the hotel, and a tour must be booked in advance. However, you could go to the reception of the hotel and sign up right before the tour started. This might not be possible during tourist... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Overall it wasn't a bad tour - definitely worth it if you are interested in what things might have been like in the Soviet era. However, it's not a particularly long tour nor is there much to see - it's mostly just talking. The access to the vista on the city is nice though.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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