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Review of KGB Museum

KGB Museum
Ranked #45 of 256 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Our first KGB-themed site. The exhibits are OK, only a few items remained from the KGB's rapid withdrawal, but the guide's enthusiasm and story-telling are certainly enjoyable and worth the time. We got to stamp and emboss our admission tickets with authentic KGB equipment - even for 30somethings, that was very cool souvenir! Be sure to stick around to enjoy a cocktail and watch the video after the tour in the Currency Bar. Reminds us how recently this nasty little piece of history occurred!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This museum visit is very interesting and the guide is an energetic and informative young lady. The tour gives you a very good insight to the machinations of the KGB and their efforts to evesdrop and spy on the westerners. All very amusing now and their approach was nothing but clumsy. A definite visit when in Tallinn.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The "museum" is just a room full of broken KGB equipment. However, for someone not familiar with the communist era it's an eye-opening experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the stories told were intriguing. Definitely call ahead and make reservations. This tour is worth it if you have an hour or two to see something different.

1  Thank tcfd0618
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The guide was real wicked, she was informative and funny at the same time. Really interesting to see how the Russians checked their foreigners ... Excellent views of Tallinn from the 23rd floor

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This museum does not have much in the way of exhibits, and you will not learn anything about the KGB that is not already common knowledge. What is very interesting and makes this a worthwhile visit is the story of the conception, construction, and operation of this hotel. It was intended to house foreigners in a society in which the common populace (including those working there) were forbidden to have contact with foreigners, possess currency, etc. The guide was excellent and had many anecdotes and stories to illustrate this era. The guide’s insiders view to this time in Estonian society, and description of the Viru hotel operations during the era of soviet occupation was very interesting. Well worth the visit and modest fee. Be sure to book the tour in your language, the story is the thing, not the exhibits. Ironically, the modern hotel opens into a neighboring shopping mall on the ground floor, where you can satisfy your capitalist urges after the tour.

Thank brachiopod251
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