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KGB Museum

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

Located on the top floor of Hotel Viru, this is convenient little museum to visit while staying in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
RangeR
Short but interesting

At 22nd floor of the landmark hotel in Tallinn you can visit the rooms occupied, at the time, by... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MarcoSpi61
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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Located on the top floor of Hotel Viru, this is convenient little museum to visit while staying in the hotel. You should book your ticket in advance just in case, though I'd say it is unlikely the tour will be sold out as the hotel...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

At 22nd floor of the landmark hotel in Tallinn you can visit the rooms occupied, at the time, by KGB agents to spy guests of only hotel open to foreign tourists. Keep in mind Estonia was under the Soviet domination until 1992. At the end...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing to see here, rude guides. You'll wait an hour for check in even after you made reservation morning before. Guide and the guy selling tickets needs to learn how to act politely with other people.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an important stop. It was not opened on my last visit in 2015. If yuou go to the Museum of the occupation you must supplement it with a visit here, especially now after new os ex KGB agents poisoning people in the UK

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a solo traveler in Tallinn and pre-booked tickets for the KGB Museum well before I left on my trip. I rather enjoyed the tour, during which the guide shared the history of the hotel and the history of KGB shenanigans within it. We...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bit of a tourist trap, this. Up you all edge from the lift to the top floor viewing various evocative marketing materials, merchandise and photos from the hotel's Soviet days. You view a room that's been recreated to look like the hotel manager's office in...More

Thank Paul K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lets credit the curators with starting up this part of documented history. While Mans cruelty to his fellow man is a story as long as man itself cruelty and history needs to be documented for the people of Estonia.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were told by many people to book this tour. A must see in Tallinn. I am not sure if my expectations were too high or maybe I just didn't get it. It seemed to be only history of the hotel (interesting) and a few...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely fascinating guided tour from a very knowledgeable and interesting guide. The only thing that could be improved is that we weren't given time to look at the exhibits which was a shame. The tour was booked up though so you will need to book...More

Thank Maria K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a patch on the one in Villinus. Hardly any information or displays. This place could very easily be improved with a little work and some historic displays. Should have more information on Estonian history. Not in depth at all. Disappoints!

Thank Clayton N
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Iilmei
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.
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Raysea1188
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.
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