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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 680 9300
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KGB Museum

This museum documents the Soviet occupation is Estonia from WWII to 1991 when independent was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Crewe, United Kingdom
KGB museum

I booked the visit in advance because you can visit there only as a guided tour member, but it is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Espoo, Finland
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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.
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Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 680 9300
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This museum documents the Soviet occupation is Estonia from WWII to 1991 when independent was finally gained. The museum covers the deportations and treatment dishes out in pursuit of the Communist ideal. A chilling period of history for the Baltic nations.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I booked the visit in advance because you can visit there only as a guided tour member, but it is so nice to have guide there. She told us so great stories about KGB, Estonia and Russia that it was so good in history point...More

Thank 932sarip
Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my visit to the KGB Museum, it was a real step back in time and the history of what happened in these small rooms at the top of the Viru Hotel was so interesting. The views were also amazing.

Thank claireym50
Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to book in advance but we had great visit. The hotel was built for western visitors during the Cold War so they could be closely monitored and the KGB left a lot of surveillance equipment when they left.

Thank stephanieward2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in communism in general and the KGB in particular then you will find this place fascinating. It is located on the top floor of the Viru Hotel just outside the Old Town and only accessible by guided tour. The guide spoke...More

1  Thank edmo6778
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not so much of a museum but the guided tour tells an interesting story of the hotel and of how the KGB spied on international tourists. During the Soviet era the hotel Viru was the only hotel in Tallinn where international tourists were allowed to...More

Thank cmheden
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

KGB : Bugging a hotel for foreigners ! What an extraordinary story. Definitely worth a visit to the Viro hotel to see this museum. There's not a lot to see but the guide brings it all to life . You must book in advance for...More

Thank Caroline W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took an English tour of the KGB Museum in Viru Hotel and were treated to a chilling story of how the Soviet Union's secret police conducted their operations. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, there's a limited number of showings every day,...More

Thank 889_san
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I have always been a fan of spy movies and spy stories so this was a place I’d wanted to visit for the longest time. I didn’t know that you had to book in advance and there are time slots for tours every day. I...More

1  Thank Stella C
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Amazing stories from this period, quite interesting to see what went on here. Local guide was able to tell first hand stories of what happened over this time period.

Thank voyagermarquis
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6 September 2017|
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Response from poohpah | Reviewed this property |
And if the Viru desk has a stampede of Finnish tourists (doubtful since summer vacation is over but anyway), also the desk of other smaller hotel in the same lobby can book it for you.
30 June 2015|
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Response from Retsil86 | Reviewed this property |
This is an old question but may be useful for future visits. All you need to do is ring the hotel and book. They speak English so no language problems.