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“A must-see time capsule”
Review of Stalin Museum

Stalin Museum
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Private Tour to Mtskheta Gori and Uplistsikhe from Tbilisi
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Gori
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A must-see time capsule”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Want to know how Stalin was portrayed during his lifetime? This is the place for you. The young, intelligent guides have no illusions about the monster that Stalin really was, but give a fascinating insight into the life of Georgia's best known son. There is now a room which commemorate his victims. Well worth seeing: the one-room in which Stalin grew up; his early life as an editor of Pravda and the armour plated train that he traveled in!

Visited October 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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“A museum of soviet propaganda”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

I totally disagree withwhom thinks it can be skipped. I think it is interesting if seen in the right context. A museum about stalinism, and the exhibit is kept the way it was in 1979, with wll the history distortion, which btw is mentioned in part of the exhibit. Yes true, nit one word about thhe famine in the ikraine, the terror of 1937 and the gulag. But the museum is in transition. The guide, a young girl who spoke english very well, explained that it will be changed into a museum of stalinism.

Visited September 2012
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Heerlen, Nederland
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“Interesting”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Ask for a guide because most of the signs are written in Georgian or Russian

Visited June 2012
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birmingham england
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“Chilling shrine”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

This museum was erected on land that had been cleared in readiness during Joseph Stalin's lifetime. The hut he was born in was transferred to its grounds. Parked alongside the main building is the railway carriage he travelled to Yalta in for his post world war meeting with Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt. Walking up the steps of this palace built to immortalise Stalin is a chilling experience and this feeling is maintained as you move through the large chmber full of portraits and sculptors of Stalin at every stage of his life. The journey ends in a darkened room with one of the death masks taken of him on view. Moving out into the sunlight and entering his birthplace and the railway carriage gives you a surprisingly personal feel to where he started from and ended up. Not to be missed if you happen to be near Gori it is a chiling shrine to the cult of the personality.

Visited July 2011
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Kampala, Uganda
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“A must if you're in the area, that is all”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

You cannot not go to this place if you're in the area, but it really has surprisingly little to offer. As opposed to a few years ago, there is now some attention for Stalins (huge) dark side, but the displays are mostly uninspiring. The English/German guide you get thrown in with your entry fee is useful, but only marginally so.

Visiting Stalin's birth house, which has its own mausoleum, if you will, is probably the most interesting part of your visit.

Visited May 2012
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