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Museum of Federative Security Service of Russian Federation

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Address: 12 ulitsa Bol. Lubyanka | Metro: Lubyanka, Moscow, Russia
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The official Museum of the KGB, housed in the Lubyanka - now the home of...

The official Museum of the KGB, housed in the Lubyanka - now the home of the FSB, Federal Security Service. You can only visit by prior arrangement.

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This building is one of a few KGB buildings in Moscow but I'm told it was the original one. It just looks like an ordinary building from the outside with no symbolic motifs or... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2016
Bolton, United Kingdom
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

This building is one of a few KGB buildings in Moscow but I'm told it was the original one. It just looks like an ordinary building from the outside with no symbolic motifs or flags to signify it has anything to do with the Russian Secret Service. Good photo opportunities to say you've been there.

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Gilroy, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2016

this is a fairly cut and dried museum of the KGB and some of it's activities, nothing modern. The odd synchronicity is that the exhibit the mock up of a passive rf listening device that was installed inside the wood frame of a painting, the actual device is on display at the spy museum in Washington DC.

Thank Norma W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

There building and museum are closed to the public. Had been trying to find a guided tour of the inside but was told by a guide yesterday there are no plans for the building to be opened to the public soon.

2 Thank Charlene O
Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed January 20, 2015

FSB/KGB, same difference. You can't go in, and probably you don't want too either. If you are a Russian History buff, you can't not go and just stand and "feel" the place. This is where "it" was all done, and may still be, although "that"probably been outsourced to Uzbeckistan by this time. You can walk around the entire building --you... More 

3 Thank Miriahm D
Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2014

If you are in this area of Moscow (central, near Red Square) this has to be worth a 5-minute detour to get a look at this building close up, given its history. Standing outside and thinking of the various stories about this building, you cannot fail to be affected by its intimidating presence. As far as I could ascertain, no... More 

2 Thank Colin G
Chennai (Madras), India
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Reviewed August 31, 2014

Closed. The old building completely run into ruins. In fact even the present office nobody wanted to show us the directions to the building. Finally we got present day staff to help us reach the place. When we turned around they had vanished into thin air. Even though a minute ago they stood smoking cigarettes, nonchalantly. Thats the KGB for... More 

1 Thank globe_in_palm
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

The KGB building is accross the Star Buck's café. The museum is not known. There are no guides welling around. Don t bother going.

2 Thank Reiziger01
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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Reviewed August 27, 2008

Tours of the KGB museum are by appointment only, and can only be arranged with certain tour guides. If you can locate a guide that can get you in, I recommend the tour, especially if you were alive during the Cold War and old enough to remember the propaganda, and want to see some of it from the Soviet perspective.... More 

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