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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 680 9300
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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It lasts an hour and costs 10 euros. Booking essential. The best part was that one of the group lived through the Russian Occupation and recalled conditions at that time. No great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It lasts an hour and costs 10 euros. Booking essential. The best part was that one of the group lived through the Russian Occupation and recalled conditions at that time. No great surprises, more confirmation of what took place.

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Oakham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are interested in the history of Estonia you MUST visit this museum. Our lady guide spoke with passion and enthusiasm about a relatively recent period of history, off which she had personal experience. How times have changed for the people of Estonia, and how we take our freedom for granted back home! It was quite a lesson. By... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting (read: terrifying) history of the KGB. The rooms are left exactly as kept (with the addition of soviet-attired mannequins). The guide was extremely knowledgeable as well. The whole tour is really just two rooms on the top floor, but I would say it is absolutely worth going if just to really get a palpable sense of what living... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Entry is by guided tour only and cost €10 per adult. The tour takes an hour. The meeting point is near the lifts at one side of the lobby of Hotel Vira. Look out for the sign saying KGB Museum. You need to show your booking (if you've booked online) and exchange it for an entry ticket. The guide brings... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is located in the former KGB Tallinn Headquarters at Hotel Viru. I was initially a bit put off because the person selling the tickets was quite rude and condescending when I asked if there was a student discount with my ISIC card. Like, that's a pretty normal question - in fact, museums are probably the most common places... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very interesting tour, very good knowledable tour guide, well worth a visit, and a warming drink in the bar afterwards!

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Jamtland County, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting story about a time that is not at all too distant. The display also offers a fine view of the city as an extra bonus. Add a Finnish karaoke in the Valuta bar and you get an extraordinary experience.

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Castronno, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting tour to learn a lot about life during that times. the guide, very nice, also told us interesting stories from her real life in the 70/80. Higly recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Travelling in Tallinn, one of the fascinating thing is the recent history of the cold war. People we meet lived with KGB close by, and this museum tells a part of Estonian every day life in the Soviet union. Really interessting and a must-see! Great view from the secret top floor!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were shown around by the wonderful guide Pasha who really helped us all to understand the history of the KGB in Tallinn. We were shown the radio room which is kept as it was when the KGB left the hotel, as well as some very interesting artefacts from the period. Spectacular view from the top. Would recommend!

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