Muuseum KGB kongid, Tartu

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Tour Muuseum KGB kongid, the former headquarters of the infamous secret police. Told through stories, photographs, objects from labor camps, and sound recordings, the museum shares historical information on the communist regime that occupied the country for 47 years. Enter prison cells where inmates were kept and see various items used for persuasion during interrogations. Descend to the basement to get a glimpse of hair-raising exhibits that showcase what the inmates were often subjected to. Call in advance if you wish to reserve a guided tour. Make Muuseum KGB kongid a centerpiece of your Tartu vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tartu trip itinerary builder site .
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  • You can just walk through the corridors in few minutes, but if you stop, read and think you will learn a great deal about Estonians and human behavior in general. A source for several potential movie ...  more »
  • A small museum in the basement, this brought to mind how even today such brutal treatment of dissidents.
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  • Why visit a museum that preserves Soviet KGB cells? As George Santayana wrote, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Look for the door on the building carefully -- the singl...  more »
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  • Definitely worth to visit to get an idea of the dark side of Soviet occupation. As the space is limited it is more suitable for smaller groups.
  • Its cool but pricey for the experience. Not so much to see and for an English speaker with not so much knowledge of the history, I found it difficult to understand what was going on.
  • Small museum, but very informative. Small gifts from relatives to the prisoners, cell with beds, Russian speaking "doll" officer. Hidden from the first sight.
  • Very interesting exhibition, absolutely worth to visit!
  • Small and touching museum, it is worth a visit

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