Hotel Viru and KGB Museum

Hotel Viru and KGB Museum

Viru väljak 4, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

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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.

Times and prices


Is open advance bookings only

  • Adult:


    13 €
  • Child:


    6.5 €
  • Exact price to be clarified by service provider.


Features and amenities

  • WIFI

  • Food and drinks

Getting there


  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car

Stops nearby

Bus: Hobujaama
Tram: Hobujaama
Trolleybus: Kaubamaja


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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating



Totally absorbing and fascinating!

This was the single best thing I did in Tallinn! Utterly fascinating and absorbing. Didn't start well, tour guide was a bit late and the first 10 mins felt v disorganised, but then, oh my word, it...



Very drôle tour guide

Book English speaking tour ideally the day before to avoid disappointment. Hopefully, you will have Pavel as your tour guide. He is almost a tourist attraction himself! Top marks to Pavel and...



Interesting tour

Interesting tour of the site that the kgb used from the 70’s to early 90’s. The tour guide was informative and the 2 main rooms were interesting to see. The tour was a bit over 1 hour, based on...

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