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“Excellent Tour Guide” 4 of 5 stars
Review of KGB Museum

KGB Museum
Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 6 809 300
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Ranked #29 of 245 things to do in Tallinn
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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.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Excellent Tour Guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

I really enjoyed the museum, but the thing that really made it was the tour guide, who brought the place alive through stories and anecdotes. The museum itself didn't have a lot there, but I loved that what you did see was genuine KGB equipment, exactly as they left it. Great views over the city from the balconies too!

Visited April 2013
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Helsinki, Finland
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“An interesting piece of the history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

It was easy to book a visit to this small museum. The good guide told interesting stories and the history of the hotel and Estonia.

Visited April 2013
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Good morning comrades, this is a microphone check.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Located in the Hotel Viru the KGB museum is a 1 hour tour with the effervescent Jana, taking place on the 23rd floor of the hotel.
Tours in English are 8 Euros (6 for hotel guests) and must be pre-booked.
An amusing insight into the workings of the Soviet occupation of Estonia and the paranoia of the regime. Jana tells the story well with little insights into the recent past about the many rooms that were bugged including toilets.
Do not forget the photo opportunity in the KGB Directors chair and the RED telephone!!

Visited April 2013
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Tallinn, Estonia
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“Very original”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is not a museum, rather than former orginal KGB rooms opened for public. One should keep it in mind when visiting. For a former Soviet Union sitizen or anyone interested in USSR history it's an absolute MUST!

Visited April 2013
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Sipoo, Finland
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“Interesting history but not so much to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

KGB-museum located within Viru-hotel has very interesting history, definitely worth visiting if in Tallinn. There's good guided tour available and this gives you very good briefing about Viru hotel and the KGB activities there. However, there is not that much to see in the actual museum, only one or two rooms with some old equipment.

Visited March 2013
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