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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 6 809 300
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In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It...

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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Quite small, but gives authentic atmosphere and feel of KGB operations

If you are visiting Viru Hotell, then be sure to attend this museum. It won't take a lot of time, but will give you a pretty nice overview of what kind of equipment and tactics... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn, Estonia
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are visiting Viru Hotell, then be sure to attend this museum. It won't take a lot of time, but will give you a pretty nice overview of what kind of equipment and tactics were used by KGB and also you can see/feel/smell the actual room that were used by KGB in the hidden floor of the hotel.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hotel's collection of KGB intelligence and surveillance material is brilliant but the tour seemed rushed leaving little to no time to read the wall displays containing information and photos from the Soviet era.

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Thank Matthew W
Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in the Viru hotel so we got a discounted price of €8 instead of €11. We had to book in advance at reception as it's very popular and as the museum is small, big crowd numbers wouldn't be able to be catered for. There is a timetable for the tours and which language it's in. Our guide... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

...in the sense that the technology on show here is a million miles less effective than the capacity of the spy community to monitor you and me today. There is a strong sense of Estonian independence and relief at the change of political regime from Soviet times during this visit. It is inexpensive, very near to the Old Town and... More 

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Thank Photeinos
London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating insights into the activities of the Soviet KGB agents until they fled in 1991. Tours have to be booked in advance (I emailed them at 5pm the night before and got on the 1200 English tour the next day).

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was quite difficult to locate. It is inside the Vira Hotel. You need to book in advance, it costs 11 euros. The tour lasts for one hour. The tour takes place on the 'hidden' 23rd floor of he hotel. It was really interesting and informative to learn about the KGB and their techniques! The guide Rene, was humour... More 

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Lerici, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is located at the very top of the Sokos Hotel Viru. A guide will show you the rooms the KGB used to spy on guests and others. The guide was entertaining and the rooms were thought provoking. Worth a look if you are in Tallinn. There is a cost but its not very much. You book with the hotel... More 

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Niedersachsen
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a really small museum and there is not much to see. There're only two small rooms with exhibition. In our group were more than 20 people. So you could see nothing because the rooms were full of people. Well, the story in general is interesting that there was a KGB office in the hotel, but you can read about... More 

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Europe
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a serious tour (with flashes of black humour from our guide) of a serious history. If you're looking for bells-and-whistles "entertainment" it's probably not for you, but as an insight into how life was in Estonia until very recently - something that's often very easy to forget when you see Tallinn today - it's essential.

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Turku, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small museum in the top of Viru hotel. Interesting place, especially for finnish people because our countries have common history with Soviet Union. The tour takes one hour and costs 8€ for hotel residents and 11€ for others. Guide was funny, professional and told a lot of nice and interesting stories. The view in the 23rd floor is also a... More 

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