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KGB Cells Museum

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Highly recommended

The museum is set in a building basement where the KGB held “political” prisoners. I have been... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2019
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Small and interesting

Small museum just a short walk away from central Tartu. Be on the lookout for the entrance as it... read more

Reviewed July 14, 2018
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The Museum of KGB Cells is situated in the "gray house" which in the 1940s-1950s housed the NKVD/KGB. The basement floor, where a remand prison for political prisoners was situated, is open for visitors. Part of the cells, lock-ups and the corridor...more
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Riia 15b, Tartu 51010, Estonia
+372 5817 0587
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Reviewed July 28, 2019 via mobile

The museum is set in a building basement where the KGB held “political” prisoners. I have been there twice. Last time with my family. Our 12 yo was very excited but the place was a bit scarry for our 9yo (att: spoiler follows)... especially when...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank albertpN676JE
Reviewed February 9, 2019

LAST TIME AT THE MUSEUM of Occupations and Freedom I mentioned how modernist architectural designs have been inevitably entwined with the ‘house of terror’ type of exhibition spaces. And now here's a natural example that skips away the need for design – for these are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank thejonpage
Reviewed November 26, 2018

You go down steps and into the main area where the KGB held some prisoners when the Russians invaded Estonia,and there are the actual cells,the cruel instruments that they used on tables,and in glass cabinets,along with books,paper documents,and clothing,and actual beds,chairs,that were used. Yes,it was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Derek W
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Small museum just a short walk away from central Tartu. Be on the lookout for the entrance as it might not be instantly obvious from a distance. It's informative and interesting, it won't take you too long to look through all of it despite the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank RangeR
Reviewed June 28, 2018

I highly recommend! It's small with just a few cells, but there is a lot of information to read that is fascinating. There's a timeline of Estonian occupations over the last century and stories of Estonians who were involved in the resistance. Sad as many...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 28, 2018

You might think because the museum is so small that it might not have a lot inside, but they really make the best use of the space. The information does not sensationalize, but contextualizes, and is a sobering and valuable experience.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank brasiko
Reviewed May 18, 2018 via mobile

I had no words to describe my feelings about the history of the Estonian country... KGB museum is place that you can touch directly the history

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank zafo92
Reviewed July 22, 2017 via mobile

You can just walk through the corridors in few minutes, but if you stop, read and think you will learn a great deal about Estonians and human behavior in general. A source for several potential movie scripts as well...

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank tuomok
Reviewed July 1, 2017

Why visit a museum that preserves Soviet KGB cells? As George Santayana wrote, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Look for the door on the building carefully -- the single sign for the museum is easy to miss.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank joehardy409
Reviewed May 3, 2017

KGB museum is the one to visit to experience occupational periods of Estonia starting from 1940. A lot of exhibits. Nice guides.

Date of experience: May 2017
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