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KGB Museum, Tallinn

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Housed in a hotel that was once a hot spot for foreign visitors, KGB Museum presents a stark reminder of the secret police network that operated in the Soviet Union. Owned and operated by foreigners, the Hotel Viru became a target of KGB monitoring. Take a guided tour (offered several times daily in English) to see the KGB's secret operating room, which has been more or less untouched since the Soviet collapse in 1991. You'll see the workstations operatives used to spy on the hotel's guests, which connected to an extensive system of electronics wired into the building. This museum is accessible only by organized tour. Reservations are required; be sure to call in advance to arrange your visit. Before you head to Tallinn, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Tallinn family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Tallinn has to offer, including KGB Museum.
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  • Interesting history, enthusiastic told by the guide in English. Particularly to see how it there at that time. Don't expect any great museum, but what you see is really worth especially of course by the stories behind it. Also the view is beautiful. Reservations are required, but you come at the right time for the guided tour I just plug it in. Just say you have reserved, name is not checked. Admission is not cheap but acceptable 11 euros per person for tour of 1 hour. Unfortunately the Group during our visit which was on the large side making it somewhat insist was in the small spaces. Watch guided tour in English is only at limited times.
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  • The second visit to the KGB Museum, this time around the holidays. The last time was a couple of years ago, and then a little clearer with a guide I got more out of it. This time the guide a little bit hoping for and forgot about the kertoakin things, but at least the pit area stories! Really nice and interesting Museum. Great views!
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  • Small museum about how there in this hotel was bugged by the KGB with all kinds of small items (such as microphones in saucers). The Lady tour guide is able and tells animated. Do if you are interested in history.
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