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KGB Museum

Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
+372 680 9300
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Whelming, nothing more

Yes, I wasn't overwhelmed, or underwhelmed... just plain whelmed. 11 Euros is a lot to pay to be... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
TravellinBaz
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Milton keynes
Very interesting, requires booking

I wasn't in Tallinn during the busiest time of year but even so, both the English tours were sold... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
musehead
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London
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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

Yes, I wasn't overwhelmed, or underwhelmed... just plain whelmed. 11 Euros is a lot to pay to be shown old hotel brochures from when the KGB hid here, in a room they abandoned. Interesting, but not fascinating. Really not much to see or hear. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't in Tallinn during the busiest time of year but even so, both the English tours were sold out on the Saturday I was here. So it's essential to book ahead - it can be done online. Very interesting tour of about an hour....More

Thank musehead
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun and quick tour that will make you realize the communist era was crazy - especially in Tallinn. Don't miss it for some WTF moments and also incredible views of the skyline of Old Tallinn and the sea. Book ahead because this...More

1  Thank ChockaLife
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is located on the top floor of the Sokos Hotel - just enter the hotel and find the tour desk. On the top floors of the building are the rooms used by KGB officers to spy on hotel guests during the Soviet times,...More

2  Thank Beth206
Reviewed 17 October 2017

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.

Thank a24681359
Reviewed 17 October 2017

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

1  Thank 932sarip
Reviewed 14 October 2017

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 11 October 2017

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 1 October 2017

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 29 September 2017

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
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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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