Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, Odessa

4.8
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Located inside an old fallout shelter, Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum provides an inside look at guerilla warfare the locals used during World War II. As you explore this secret underground world, you'll slowly step into the city's troubled past and discover how Odessa's partisans and sabotage units hid in these old catacombs. Originally the source of stone used to build much of the city's architecture, in the 19th century this network of tunnels served alternatively as a prison for women and a secret gathering place for the area's gangs. Dress warmly, with comfortable walking shoes. Tours are by appointment only, so make sure you call or e-mail before your visit. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum and many more Odessa attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Odessa trip tool.
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  • We had a tour in English booked especially and it was extensive and interesting. With tea and cookies. The tour guide was jokey and nice, but spoke very quickly and was very flip about history - the.....  more »
  • The tour is long extensive and informative. About 3/4 through tour there is a candle light feast of a lemon cookie and some tea with possible local vodka if you drink alcohol.  more »
  • This was an awesome trip for my family. There are a few different options when you want to tour the catacombs in Odessa, and we liked this balance of Soviet history and Pre-Soviet history in this...  more »
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  • Very interesting tour. I took a Russian language group tour but I only speak English, this not a problem as they had plaques in English at each stop. Fee was only $10 paid directly at the museum.
  • Great guided tour through odessa catacombs. The guides were passionate, friendly and chatty. The tour included a little very cool surprise in the end :) pack warm stuff - it's cold down there ;)
  • Amazing place! An Odessa must see. It was the second time I went and each visit had something different. I took my +70 year old parents and with a couple of extra breaks they did fine. They loved the history, stories, and the indepth knowledge of the guides.
  • Great tour of catacombs, took us approximately 2 hours to complete. Guide is very funny and told us a lot of interesting facts. Worth your time and money if you are visiting odessa.
  • Already for a long time I wanted to visit the catacombs in Odessa, but not in a very touristic excursion as are promoted at various touristic locations in the city. I decided to go for a (group) tour of this museum, and have no regrets!!:) A really nice, interesting tour of about 2 hours (1.5km), presenting more different aspects of the catacombs than I had expected. Let's not spoil the experience by revealing details:) It was certainly worth the price and I enjoyed it from beginning till end. Children can join the tour, but frankly speaking, sometimes they spoil the experience a bit for others by their behavior (flashing lights, noise when people try to experience the silence, etc.); parents should take their responsibility better or leave them at home. It is about 15-16 degrees C; not too cold but take some warmer clothes, just in case. I was considering to bring my professional photocamera but decided to use my phone camera instead, for some quick photos. In hindsight that was ok. Carrying a big heavy camera all the time would probably not have been worthwhile, considering that (in a group tour) there are not many opportunities to quietly take a photo without people (and lighting conditions are obviously not optimal:) ). Recommended!

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