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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 6 809 300
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Ranked #20 of 146 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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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

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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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Dawson Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Don't expect a big attraction, but do expect to get a real taste of what life was life in soviet era tourism in Estonia. the tour guide Jana is superb, and explains the 'secret' part of the hotel very well. If you can, try to go out if season where there are only a few people on your tour as... More

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Easton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

There's not much to this. That's what makes it a bit of a tourist trap. What the Soviet spies left on the top floor wasn't much. It's worth five to ten minutes. I actually found the views from the top of the old city to be a bigger draw for me. We did the tour on a port day from... More

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The guide was direct from the outset that they are not trying to create a Disney World type attraction out of the KGB museum. Therefore they work the tour with things the KGB left behind and fill the rest in with stories and hotel history. I personally found it very fascinating. The ads and pictures that fill the walls in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

My fiancé and I visited the KGB museum today. You have to pre-book and can only visit the museum with a tour. It costs €9 per person and is in the Viru Hotel, not the KGB headquarters in the old town. Our guide was Jana, who was very knowledgable and funny, with some great stories. The tour takes about an... More

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Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Basically it is all about two small rooms that can be seen in ten minutes. So the one hour visit is padded out. Certainly there is a lot of interesting information, but hearing it while standing around on stairs or in corridors is not how to present it. They need a place where the story can be told properly. The... More

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Leiden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went with a group and had a blast. It was absolutely due to the tourguide, I think her name was Lana or Jana. Short and short blonde hair.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

After you've been on this tour, you'll not only come to understand the real meaning of having no privacy but also partly the typical Estonian mentality and mindset. We had a very friendly and funny tour guide, Jana, who made a refreshing change to the local Estonians who I'd encountered in Tallinn and to the stereotype that was quickly forming... More

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