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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 149 Attractions in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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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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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This tour was fascinating. Although some KGB artefacts were displayed the most valuable content was the stories the guide told about how the hotel was built and operated under Soviet control during the Cold War. I’m glad I spent an hour here rather than more time in the Old Town – the KGB Museum is a rare experience whereas I’ve... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The museum itself is an interesting place with many stories to tell - and not to tell. However, the best part of the tour is undoubtebly Jana the tour guide. Jana has skills to tell these unbelievable KGB stories in a way, it arouses the curiosity of the listener. She speaks English very well and is just a wonderful character.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The tour guide was excellent, we were on the only English speaking tour which was full of nice Finish people (weird?) learnt some really interesting stuff about how people lived and were watched lol creepy- an hour was just the perfect length...!!

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