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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 6 809 300
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Description: 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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Vintage USSR. Take a bit time to understand where is located (on Viru hotel). Interesting, fun and recommended for adults.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Vintage USSR. Take a bit time to understand where is located (on Viru hotel). Interesting, fun and recommended for adults.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Did not have a lot of time to sightsee on this visit to Tallinn, but wanted to see something quickly and this fit the bill perfectly. If you have any interest whatsoever in what life was like before the Iron Curtain came down, this short guided tour of the secret KGB department within the Hotel Viru is well worthwhile. More... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The museum is very small and there is not that much to see, but the experience with the stories of the guide gives a small glimpse about life in the Soviet Union.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

KGB museum is nice trip to past. You can see how tourists were monitored and what kind of equipment were used. Museum is rather small...it is just a secret room

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I honestly couldn't believe how small this museum was ,I kept thinking a wall would move and there would be a secret kgb lair ,but sadly I couldn't find it wasn't bad ,and to be trueful I really liked it . I found compared to other atractions it was a bit expensive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This guided tour wil cost you €10 which is a high price to pay in Tallinn compared to other museum's. But you will not be disappointed. Yana, the guide is very good in telling the KGB stories. She takes you back to the Soviet Union time and makes you experience what life was about then. With interesting information on KGB... More 

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Vasa, Western Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

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

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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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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