KGB prison cells

Pagari tänav 1, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

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One of the most notorious and feared pre-trial prisons operated in the basement of the building at 1 Pagari Street during the Soviet occupation. The former KGB prison cells are now open to the public.

Built in 1912, the building has had a remarkable role in the recent history of Estonia. Arrested Estonian politicians, civil servants, intellectuals, veterans of the War of Independence, as well as ordinary people were beaten and tortured there. Many were then sentenced to death or imprisonment. The prison cells built in the basement have remained a symbol of communist terror to this day. Visitors can explore the basement comprised of two corridors, six prison cells, and a cell for punishment.

Times and prices

Wednesday–sunday: 11:00 - 18:00
Monday–tuesday: closed

  • Adult:

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    5 €
  • Family ticket:

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    11 €
  • University student:

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    4 €
  • School student:

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    4 €
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Getting there

The entrance is located at 59 Pikk Street.

Access
  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Mikael F

Mikael F

The horror dungeon of Tallinn

The former KGB headquarters in Tallinn lies in the Old Town in a building built in 1912. The prison cells in the basement have remained a symbol of the former Soviet oppression in Estonia. Suspected...

Simonwheeler186220

Simonwheeler186220

A reminder of mans inhumanity to his fellow man

The title sums it up. A small museum but if you are interested in modern history then well recommended. Sadly we’ve already visited Auschwitz and after attempting to try to take in the sheer scale of...

em5494

em5494

Interesting visit

The museum, although small, was very informative. The size was reflected in the price which was very reasonable. Lots of different ways of displaying information and hearing stories of those who had...

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