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Hotel Viru and KGB Museum

There once was a hotel that came to be named the Viru.
The year was 1972, and there were still two decades or so until the fall of Communism and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Any hotel that was appropriate for foreign visitors also had to be appropriate for the KGB...
This museum tells the story of more than just one hotel and the KGB: it is a treasure trove of stories of two different worlds - one which existed mostly on paper, of happy Soviet citizens living in friendship and never wanting for anything, led by a wise, all-powerful group of men in a place where there were never any accidents or catastrophes; and the other real world, which was a very different and a much tougher place to live in.
Please book in advance to visit the museum.

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  • Grandadlen Grandadlen
    Extremely interesting

    If you are interested in the history of Estonia you MUST visit this museum. Our lady guide spoke with passion and enthusiasm about a relatively recent period of history, off which she had personal...

  • Elyse C Elyse C
    Good for the price and interesting history but a bit small.

    Really interesting (read: terrifying) history of the KGB. The rooms are left exactly as kept (with the addition of soviet-attired mannequins). The guide was extremely knowledgeable as well. The whole...

  • JulieLimSY JulieLimSY
    If you just want to say you've been there...

    Entry is by guided tour only and cost €10 per adult. The tour takes an hour. The meeting point is near the lifts at one side of the lobby of Hotel Vira. Look out for the sign saying KGB Museum...


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