KGB Cells Museum

KGB Cells Museum is situated on Riia hill in the ‘grey building’ which housed the South-Estonia Centre of NKVD/KGB in the 1940s and 50s. Visitors can explore the cellar part, where the cells of the arrested used to be located. Some of the cells, the solitary confinement cells, and the corridor part of the cellar are restored in their initial shape. Other former cells contain an exposition that gives an overview of the post-war Estonian freedom fighting and about the crimes of the communist regime. Among other things, it is possible to see photos and things brought from Siberian prison camps, as well as materials about the history of the Forest Brothers and secret resistance organisations.

KGB Cells Museum is situated on Riia hill in the ‘grey building’ which housed the South-Estonia Centre of NKVD/KGB in the 1940s and 50s. Visitors can explore the cellar part, where the cells of the arrested used to be located. Some of the cells, t

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    LAST TIME AT THE MUSEUM of Occupations and Freedom I mentioned how modernist architectural designs have been inevitably entwined with the ‘house of terror’ type of exhibition spaces. And now here's...

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    You go down steps and into the main area where the KGB held some prisoners when the Russians invaded Estonia,and there are the actual cells,the cruel instruments that they used on tables,and in glass...

  • Small and interesting

    Small museum just a short walk away from central Tartu. Be on the lookout for the entrance as it might not be instantly obvious from a distance. It's informative and interesting, it won't take you...


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