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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 680 9300
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Two rooms filled with 70's technologies - old phones and data processing equipment. Wonderful guide... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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A part of history

A step into a snapshot of recent Estonian history involving the Hotel Viru and the KGB. An... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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 2 days ago

Two rooms filled with 70's technologies - old phones and data processing equipment. Wonderful guide will tell you about the history of the hotel and the efforts of the KGB to keep taps on all the hotel guests. be ready to spend 45 ina two-room...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A step into a snapshot of recent Estonian history involving the Hotel Viru and the KGB. An interesting narration of the time and events of the 70's and 80's and how they played out. We found the tour fascinating and our host, Pavel was charming...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Couldn't resist this, having also been to Russia on several occasions: This relatively quirky time-warp into the Communist past provides a fascinating hour in Tallinn. At the top of Tallinns biggest hotel, built by the Finns (who could do it properly!) in the 60's, the...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not easy to locate inside the hotel. However the guided tour was nice, but overall I enjoyed the Vana Tallin and sparkling wine the most after the tour that our guide told us to try.

1  Thank Jannicke L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you book it in advance,and check schedual if you are not estonian.Museum is very small,tells histry of the Viru hotel and its connection to KGB.

Thank Klas J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is not about KGB, but about Viru Hotel. We went there to learn about KGB, but instead the excursion person spent 40-45 minutes talking how Viru hotel was constructed, by whom and why it was built. Very little information provided in relation to...More

1  Thank Oleg B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The history of this hotel and the KGB was fascinating. Its not a big tour, there are only two rooms on the hidden top floor, but there is a lot of old equipment and photos, but its the story telling that makes it. The view...More

Thank Frankie92374
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

That was the most miserable experience me and my family have ever had. This excursion had nothing to do with KGB. Most of the time we were listening to the history about Viru hotel, two small rooms that we visited offered absolutely nothing interesting to...More

1  Thank Elena P
Reviewed 15 January 2018

We spent a month in Europe and this was among our must do experiences. We were apprehensive at first, but it was worth it. We were able to book only 30min prior to arriving. The lady who guided us had lived in Estonia since soviet...More

Thank candybubbles
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

It was an interesting tour about the running of the hotel with the kgb. Booking is essential. The guide was informative. They take you to the 22/23 floor of the hotel. There are some good views of the city from here. It’s only a small...More

1  Thank carltonblues
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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.