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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 6 809 300
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In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It...

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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Brilliant and fascinating

Didn't know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised! Our guide was brilliant, very friendly, informative and funny! Spoke great English too. The secret top floor is really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Didn't know what to expect but were pleasantly surprised! Our guide was brilliant, very friendly, informative and funny! Spoke great English too. The secret top floor is really cool and felt like stepping into the soviet union. One of the rooms even had a smell from the ussr days! If you like spies, architecture, stunning views and recent history you'll... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum falls squarely in the 6/10 range because of its cost. Cool stuff, great views and an excellent tour guide but 10 euros?! For an hour? Meh.

Thank Vanessa P
Terrigal, Australia
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423 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyable insight into Tallinn's past under the occupation forces of Russia, Germany and again Russia . Displays incorporate everything from motor vehicles, uniforms, communication devices and personal items. Well presented displays with English translations available - easy walking distance for old town

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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not as we imagined with a whole floor dedicated to the recreation of a Soviet era hotel. Quite interesting. The guide spoke faster than I have ever heard anyone speak in English. Her English was good but so rapid the group seemed to gradually fade.

Thank lyn270
Paris, France
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm passionated about spies, wars and informations. Despite these, this visit was literally uninteresting because here is what you'll see: - 2 Overviews of Tallinn - Viru Hotel History - 2 desk rooms with tiny amount of KGB objects. We are disapointed because we expected to see much more about KGB and not mainly about the Viru Hotel. The main... More 

2 Thank ExplorateurParis7
United Arab Emirates
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205 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really cool look into KGB era Tallin. The guide, Pavel, was charming and funny. The tour was very affordable and two hours was just a pinch too long for the amount of information we covered. If you have any interest in the KGB, or the hotel once being a hot-bed for spying- then go on this tour. It was worth... More 

Thank Piercedlibrarian
Turku, Finland
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is great! There is 5 tours in day with a guide. Guide was great, she told so many interesting things about KGB. Museum is in Viru Hotel's 23.floor. You can take amazing photos about great views to city too! Don't miss this!

Thank OutiN_13
Chichester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's an interesting way to spend an hour, listening to the stories about what happened at the hotel and in the mysterious unofficial 23rd floor. However, they should take smaller groups as it really ruined the experience as there was no room to move around the exhibits to take a look at some of the artefacts. The guide would often... More 

1 Thank DeadStar_UK
Tallinn, Estonia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited the KGB "Museum" with my parents, who were in Tallinn visiting us. At first I didn't realise that the "museum" was actually inside the hotel. It's at the very top of the Sokos hotel in Viru - right in the centre of Tallinn. That's actually the main theme of the "museum" tour - stories revolving... More 

1 Thank Alekzandr C
Limerick, Ireland
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Located on the unofficial 23rd floor of the hotel Viru the KGB station now museum consists of two rooms. The price is about right and its interesting but I think a hour was stretching the two room tour quite a bit. I was a little confused about its location so what you do look online, look at the times and... More 

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