KGB Museum
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10:30 - 14:30
Monday
10:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 14:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 14:30
Thursday
10:30 - 14:30
Friday
10:30 - 14:30
Saturday
10:30 - 14:30
Sunday
10:30 - 14:30
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In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It also had to be good enough for the KGB ... The museum represents a collection of the stories of two worlds. In one of them, mostly existing on paper, happy Soviet people enjoyed a life of plenty and friendship, led by a single wise political party. The other world – the real one – had a nature much more diverse and complicated.
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ffay005
Helsinki, Finland217 contributions
At 12 EUR, it is perhaps a bit expensive, but nevertheless an interesting experience. The tour was guided and took about 50 minutes. Our guide, Pavel, spoke fluent Finnish, but with a thick Russian accent (which actually fit the theme perfectly).

The guide combined history of the hotel and KGB stories into a nice commentary, with some jokes included, as is customary. We were shown lots of pictures of the hotel in its heyday and at the end, we got to see the KGB surveillance room, left in its 1991 state. Ashtrays and saucers with microphones, etc. In addition, we enjoyed great views of Tallinn from the top floor of the hotel.

I stayed in Hotel Viru as a kid back in 1988, which of course added to my personal experience. We knew the KGB were listening, but…

Book and pay in advance on the web, then come to the hotel lobby a few minutes before your tour. There is a desk in the rear part of the lobby where you check in for the tour.
Written 4 September 2022
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Martin
4 contributions
Family
Little to see. Not easy to understand the guide. Overpriced. Would benefit from more structure and stories.
Written 23 August 2022
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M B
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Friends
I personally was extremely disappointed. The guided tour took 1 hour and we‘ve only visited two little rooms with some KGB artifacts. Moreover there were so many people on the tour that you could barely see anything in the small chambers and after the tour everything got locked up fast thus there was no time to watch that stuff by yourself. 12€ for this joke is far too much!
Written 18 August 2022
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Samantha B
4 contributions
Friends
Amazing tour. Pavel wove a great story and we loved hearing the history of Hotel Viru and the KGB! We arrived late and were still kindly allowed to go on the tour.
Written 7 August 2022
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Anna K
Helsinki, Finland37 contributions
Friends
Our guide Pavel made the museum worth visiting. He could tell the stories so that it was easy to feel how life was during the Soviet time. Very interesting! You should book the guided tour in advance.
Written 31 July 2022
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Dayve
Denham, UK98 contributions
Couples
Interesting place to visit, particularly if (like me) you enjoy learning about this type of past.
However it was very small and will take no longer than 30 mins from start to finish.
Written 17 July 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland26,584 contributions
This museum is located on the top floor of Hotel Viru. The elevator doesn't even go up to the 23rd floor but to the 22nd floor.

At this museum, you are going back to the Soviet era. The museum has artifacts from the times when guests and staff were spied on by the KGB from the top floor of Viru. There were microphones installed in the hotel rooms.

From the two terraces, you have panoramic views over Tallinn. On summer weekends, it is also possible to visit the KGB rooftop bar to admire the views.

It is advisable to book tickets online because the groups are quite small. The entrance fee is 12 euros.
Written 16 July 2022
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Al
Nottinghamshire, UK25 contributions
Shocking to think back what happened there but well worth the visit. Some harrowing stories to read.
Written 2 July 2022
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Jill1976
Edinburgh, UK71 contributions
Friends
This was a relatively light-hearted and humorous take on a serious subject. The guide was good and I left feeling a bit more knowledgeable. Not much to see in terms of exhibits - and the tour was very busy and the rooms small so there wasn’t much opportunity to linger and browse. Views from the top of the hotel are fantastic.
Written 28 June 2022
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midway42
Georgia2,975 contributions
Every Communist dictatorship worth their weight in tin has a hotel in the capital city that provides “special hospitality” to those foreigners privileged enough to stay the night: North Korea’s active Yanggakdo in Pyongyang, Romania’s Ceausescu-era Athenee Palace in Bucharest, and Estonia’s Soviet-era Hotel Viru in Tallinn. The latter two obviously are presumably regular establishments these days, but Hotel Viru certainly has held on to its heritage by offering regular tours of the facility with its cloak-and-dagger past in mind. I visited during my second to last day in the city.

Tickets are easily purchased online and redeemed in the lobby fifteen minutes before the scheduled tour. A unique mini-museum of the era greets visitors in the hotel entrance and includes a period-era table set and pictures from Soviet times. The group was then brought up to the 22nd floor and given a brief lecture on the building (made of micro-concrete… 50% concrete and 50% microphones ;) before being ushered to the “secret” 23rd floor. A full display of the KGB era surveillance was evident here, with a tour of the director’s office and the main radio station as focal points. Our guide was absolutely excellent: knowledgable without being arrogant, humorous without being offensive, and thorough without being tedious. Static displays on the history of the hotel and superb views over Tallinn from the balcony complete an excellent experience.

In summary, this tour was a rarity in travel: brief, inexpensive, unique, and didactic. More than any other attraction in the city it allowed a rare glimpse into the relatively unknown world of the KGB and probably more importantly a peek into the era’s history of travel. Hotel Viru was truly a city-within-a-city for better or worse. Our guide (please see the picture, unfortunately I forget his name) made an interesting visit indelible. I’d easily rank this as one of my top five moments during my week in Estonia. Thumbs up.
Written 31 May 2022
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