Kgb Building File No. 1914/2014, Riga

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Kgb Building File No. 1914/2014 keeps dark secrets of interrogations, torture, and the executions of thousands. Set foot in the dark hallways of the former secret police headquarters, or "the house on the corner," as the locals called it between 1940 and 1991 during Soviet rule. Visit a stark prison cell, outfitted with only a pallet to sleep on and a window that lets in a small ray of light. Personal effects that prisoners took with them on a journey without return, such as a teddy bear or a bit sand from their spouse's grave, make the exhibits hauntingly real. Keep in mind that, while you can access part of the museum on your own, you'll need to join a tour to see others. Check the website in advance for English-language tour times. Put Kgb Building File No. 1914/2014 into our Riga sightseeing planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Important to visit in order to understand present day Latvia. Not for the faint-hearted but we owe it to all those that suffered to remember their fate and promise not to let the dark forces return.  more »
  • The museum itself is small and interesting, but the best thing to do is to take the tour, which you can book in advance. The tour gets you into the heart of the building where you can actually see the...  more »
  • Besides the exhibition, the KGB building is offering guided tours, which I would recommend to do! Even though those aren't for free as the exhibition, its worth it to spend 4€ (student) or 6 € (adult)...  more »
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  • Our guide was fantastic and informative and not afraid to say what he thought. I highly recommend visiting if you are interested in learning about the social history of Latvia. Make sure you combine it with visits to the other museums to as that way you will understand it better. It is amazing to think that this labyrinth is still there. See it whilst you still can.
  • The main exhibition is free to visit but for an extra €5 you can go on an excellent guided tour of the KGB interrogation rooms, cells and other areas. The guide was great and there was plenty to see with the tour lasting about an hour. There are only 3 or so English tours a day and after getting the last couple of tickets they were fully sold out at 11am on a Saturday so book early.
  • It's ok, a place to visit if you like Soviet/communist history. Better to join a tour in English, but there is only one or two per day
  • A must see if you vist Riga. A picture does not convey what the senses experience when you enter that dreadful place. It takes about an hour to complete the guided tour. Take the guided tour which is excellent. The guide we had was a mine of information and got accross what the place was about and how it achieved its ends. But, the visual history is riveting to read in the waiting area before the tour starts and completes in words and pictures what you hear on the tour. The last place you are shown at the end of tour is so stark and what you see is a shock on top of what went before. Freedom is truly a treasure. People were murdered in that place because they wanted to be free of tyranny.
  • Very interesting tour! We had a very good guide, who really knew how to make us feel and see through the prisoners eyes, exactly what happened in that prison. Recommended tour in Riga!
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