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Prison on Lontskogo, National Museum and Memorial to the Victims of Occupation

Address: S. Bandery St., 1, Lviv, Ukraine
Phone Number: +380 32 247 42 20
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Ranked #18 of 46 Attractions in Lviv
Type: Museums
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Connecticut
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We were met at the door of the prison by a staff person who took us around and explained the background of the prison and the atrocities that occurred there. The staff person explained that while she was not a regular guide, she spoke a little English and wanted us to understand the history even in the absence of the... More 

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LA, Calif
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136 attraction reviews
311 helpful votes 311 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Offered an opportunity to get the feel of what a winter day must have been in this dank environment. The most powerful aspect was the short video of men being forced to remove the bodies and families trying to identify their loved ones. Kudos to the Ukrainians for facing their history.

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Strombeek-Bever, Belgium
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This place must be seen. It was used as a prison up to the beginning of the 90's. It is now a very interesting musem which shows, amongst other things, the political repression which existed in this part of the country in the last century.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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70 reviews 70 reviews
49 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Little English is displayed but what an amazing place! You can easily understand most of it watching the pictures and the displays. Terrifying but necessary. No entrance fee. Do not miss this museum in Lviv.

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Perth, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were treated to a two and a half hour personal tour (in English) through this fascinating museum. The information that was shared with us was very interesting and comprehensive - and was enhanced with personal experience. Ask to be shown the 'cooler' rooms on the bottom floor - gives you a strong feel for how awful it must have... More 

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New York, NY
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69 reviews 69 reviews
23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is one of the several Lviv prisons used by the Nazis and Soviets to intimidate and bully the Ukrainian resistance and intelligentsia. Almost completely unrenovated, you are seeing the cells as they were. If one speaks Ukrainian (which I do not) there are quite intricate exhibits and explanations of what you're seeing. English speakers are given a more general... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Considering this place receives no support from the Ukrainian government it is a fantastically run place and a must see in Lviv. Unfortunately, the museum has had it's historical collection of KGB archives confiscated by the government due to pressure from Russia. The staff however, are very well informed and are doing a great job. Please be generous and make... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

hidden some minutes away from the city, sometimes ignored by official tour guides this prison opens the door to recent history. Several original documents will modify the view on history of ukraine and offers insight views in WW II and Soviet cruelty. We enjoyed a very emotional tour with the staff of the prison and were impressed of the energy... More 

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sydney
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The musuem tells the truth about what the Russians did to the locals during the Russian occupation before the German invasion in 1941. The place took some finding because there is pressure on the Ukraines from Russia to close the museum as it shows the atrocities perpetuated under the Russian control of the prison. You have to ring a door... More 

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Joensuu, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

It is quite easy to find though there are no signs on the street to point out the place. As soon as we got in to the museum the english speaking guide started showing the museum for just the two of us. Guiding was very good and informative. There was two floors and a yard open for a public. Everything... More 

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