We hired a local tour guide to take us to the museum. This was invaluable as a lot of the exhibits are labelled in Russian and the museum guide did not speak English. Our English speaking guide was able to translate the museum guides explanations for us and explain the history of the Gulag and the exhibits. The museum is very small, basic and tucked away on a side street; but the history it tells is historically very important. This is not a place for the faint hearted as the history is both brutal and appalling.