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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 6 809 300
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Ranked #21 of 143 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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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I guess we've seen the James Bond movies so the opportunity to actually SEE anything KGB was unexpected. I jumped at the chance to take the tour at Hotel Viru and wasn't disappointed. There are limited numbers of tours available daily so DO book in advance to avoid disappointment, as some today did. Our guide was warm hearted, funny, interesting... More

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Denver, CO
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Very entertaining tour that highlights life in Estonia under Soviet rule with the KGB listening at your door. Our tour guide, Jana, was excellent and very enthusiastic. This tour requires advance reservations as they have limited space and if you need a tour in English, it is offered only a couple of times per day.

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Tabasalu, Estonia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Museum is on the top floor of hotel Viru. This was the first western hotel in soviet Tallinn. And of course, there was KGB to spy on the foreigners. Museum is in their office and you can get a little feeling how it was in those years.

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Sydney, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

If like us you learned your tradecraft in John Le Carre novels, this tour though the rooms used by Soviet spies at the Viru Hotel will give you real life examples of how the USSR spied on foreign visitors to Tallinn during the Cold War. The museum is only accessible with an excellent tour guide who explains some of the... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The building is very interesting architecturally and the museum was well worth the visit, you need time to explore and read all about the history of the KGB and what terrible things they did to the people and the fear they instilled. I found it interesting but sad.

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Finland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The guide had workes in the hotel in Soviet times. She had many interesting stories to tell. The museum is of the hotel itself and the KGB who spied on guests in the hotel. Check out the hard currency bar in the 2 nd floor after the tour. This is just lke it used to be.They sell books and videos... More

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Todmorden
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

You need to go to the Viru Hotel and book with reception. They will hold a place on the tour for you on the day of your choice. Only 25 places on each tour and some tours are in other languages (such as Finnish etc). You see actual rooms where the KGB operated from in the hotel and what how... More

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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The guide (finnish language) was very nice and told the history in interesting way. I really liked that the tour is forced to walk around with guide, you get much more out of it when you listen all the stories around the Viru hotel. Worth to visit!

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brisbane
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24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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