KGB Cells Museum

KGB Cells Museum, Tartu: Hours, Address, KGB Cells Museum Reviews: 4/5

KGB Cells Museum
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11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
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The Museum of KGB Cells is situated in the "gray house" which in the 1940s-1950s housed the NKVD/KGB. The basement floor, where a remand prison for political prisoners was situated, is open for visitors. Part of the cells, lock-ups and the corridor in the basement have been restored in their former shape. In the exhibition you can find plans drawn by the Soviet authorities for conducting deportations, leaflets distributed by the schoolchildren's underground organizations, objects from the GULAG prison camps, information about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's connection to Estonia, as well as a great number of other photos and documents illustrating Estonian contemporary history. In Estonia the total number of people who fell victims to different repressions from the security organs amounted to approximately 122,000 and more than 30,000 of them lost their life.
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Jade C
178 contributions
Feb 2022 • Solo
Visited here whilst spending some time in Tallinn. Very insightful museum, definitely worth visiting if you are close by.
Written 15 February 2022
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Eirini K
Thessaloniki, Greece35 contributions
Aug 2021
A historical stroll amongst KGB cells is bound to cause you strong feelings and intense emotions. Creepy, yet very interesting
Written 14 September 2021
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Sara G
Montreal, Canada45 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Although the visit was gloomy and sad due to its history, I enjoyed visiting the cells and reading more about it and about some experiences of people in there. A must for all history lovers!
Written 3 October 2020
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Alpo
4 contributions
Jul 2019
The museum is set in a building basement where the KGB held “political” prisoners. I have been there twice. Last time with my family. Our 12 yo was very excited but the place was a bit scarry for our 9yo (att: spoiler follows)... especially when the sounds of voices and prisoner screams suddenly start when you cross through the back corridor. Overall, a very thoughtful experience that helps reminding us of our unfortunate and not so distant history.
Written 28 July 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK344 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
LAST TIME AT THE MUSEUM of Occupations and Freedom I mentioned how modernist architectural designs have been inevitably entwined with the ‘house of terror’ type of exhibition spaces.

And now here's a natural example that skips away the need for design – for these are early 20th century prison cells with on-demand bricks and concrete and squeaky doors and pest infestations before its door reopens. You can consider it part of MOF and their tickets can be sold as a bundle, but do notice that they’re at the opposite sides of Tallinn old town and this is uphill and the other down.

And as small as it is, strangely, it is here rather than MOF that details the terror history of Estonia. With your journey into the cells starting with it, find yourself going through the horrors one by one on the corridor wall as you get to each, now exhibition-themed, prison cell. The more you visit one room to the next, the more you’ll find yourself caught in the midst of expansionism, starting with the modern Russian occupation followed by the first independent war (1918-20), thus bringing up a period worthy of reminiscence and retelling. But then Estonia is reoccupied by the Russians in 1940, followed by a brief Nazi period, and what's happy and worthy to follow is already well into the 1990s.

It is these sad periods that these cells have been sites of tortures and terror instilment, where people could be rather relieved (?) to be just being detained (or then sent to labour camps in Siberia) but might as well be then relocated also to Siberia for their death penalty.

In one of the rooms, there’s an interrogation guide with advice on the rights of detainees – strangely written by the ‘KGB’.
Written 9 February 2019
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Derek W
Stansted, UK27 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
You go down steps and into the main area where the KGB held some prisoners when the Russians invaded Estonia,and there are the actual cells,the cruel instruments that they used on tables,and in glass cabinets,along with books,paper documents,and clothing,and actual beds,chairs,that were used.
Yes,it was a bit scary as some of it is very dark,and of course they play the sounds of someone being tortured,which can make you jump!
Written 27 November 2018
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RangeR
Canada683 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
Small museum just a short walk away from central Tartu. Be on the lookout for the entrance as it might not be instantly obvious from a distance. It's informative and interesting, it won't take you too long to look through all of it despite the number of items displayed. They offer you a small dress up opportunity (hat and a cap) if you wish to take a photo of yourself wearing them next to a picture of Stalin.
Written 14 July 2018
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SaraK987
Alexandria, VA137 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
I highly recommend! It's small with just a few cells, but there is a lot of information to read that is fascinating. There's a timeline of Estonian occupations over the last century and stories of Estonians who were involved in the resistance. Sad as many of them were tortured or killed. Worth the visit for sure.
Written 28 June 2018
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brasiko
Tartu, Estonia3 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
You might think because the museum is so small that it might not have a lot inside, but they really make the best use of the space. The information does not sensationalize, but contextualizes, and is a sobering and valuable experience.
Written 28 June 2018
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Alexander Zafirov
Sofia, Bulgaria13 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I had no words to describe my feelings about the history of the Estonian country... KGB museum is place that you can touch directly the history
Written 18 May 2018
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