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KGB Cells Museum

Riia 15b, Tartu 51010, Estonia
+372 5817 0587
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Quick & grim but informative

You can just walk through the corridors in few minutes, but if you stop, read and think you will... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2017
via mobile
A Reminder of the Soviet KGB in Estonia

Why visit a museum that preserves Soviet KGB cells? As George Santayana wrote, "Those who do not... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
Charleston, South Carolina
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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. Other former cells house an exposition, which gives an overview of the history of the Estonian Resistance Movement, the crimes of the communist regime and life in a remand prison. 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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Riia 15b, Tartu 51010, Estonia
+372 5817 0587
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Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

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 scripts as well...

Thank tuomok
Reviewed 1 July 2017

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 single sign for the museum is easy to miss.

Thank joehardy409
Reviewed 3 May 2017

KGB museum is the one to visit to experience occupational periods of Estonia starting from 1940. A lot of exhibits. Nice guides.

1  Thank Evita F
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Difficult to find (tip: its in the basement). Plenty of information in English, paints a clear story. Pity that it doesn't say more about the fall of the USSR and how the KGB left. Could do without the constant audio of a woman screaming and...More

1  Thank Rachel W
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Really interesting overview of a very important part of Estonian history. Exhibits are really informative.

Thank Kristina236
Reviewed 5 October 2016

One of the key points in Tartu. However, if you are visiting the Baltics, you will find KGB's Museums everywhere. Not sure which one is the best (maybe Vilnius). The site is well hidden, but if you use the google address, you will find it....More

1  Thank Ana L
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This chilling museum is situated in the basement of the old KGB HQ in a nondescript grey building on Pepleri St. Although small, I learnt a lot about how Estonians suffered under the Soviet regime. There are cards in various languages including English to provide...More

Reviewed 22 September 2016

The museum is quite small and very little of the texts are in English but the exhibitions are displayed very well. I also found the museum a little hard to find and its location on Google Maps is wrong.

Thank Blythfire1234
Reviewed 11 August 2016

It is not a large museum, but if you take in everything it will give you a decent idea of the horrors the prisoners here endured. The things that stick out most in my mind were the solitary confinement cells and the interrogation chair. But...More

Thank psjohnson74
Reviewed 30 July 2016

It's a small museum, and even if you read all the displayed information (which I did) and look at everything in detail, you'll probably finish within an hour or two. Yet, the history (both national and individual) revealed in this museum is utterly devastating to...More

Thank Beatrix T
Laura R, Public Relations Manager at KGB Cells Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2016

Thank you for writing the review! We appreciate it. You are always welcome back!

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