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Address: Sokos Hotel Viru | Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Phone Number:
+372 680 9300
10:00 - 17:30
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:30

In Soviet time Hotel Viru was good enough to accommodate foreigners. It...

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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I found this an enjoyable way to pass the time. An interesting story and the guide was lovely. Also a good opportunity to get a good view over the city. The tour is slightly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice small museum with an interesting guide to life in soviet Estonia, if you're in the area. The booking process is strange - you need to make a reservation in advance and pay the tour guide when your tour takes place. English tours are small and seem to sell out. A few liberties with historical accuracy are taken to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

How the Estonian people endured a long history of occupation and still manage to smile at everyone is a trait that is to bve respected. This museum is an amazing collection of how the KGB operated in this magnificent medieval town - now their headquarters is a upscale hotel. Go figure!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I found this an enjoyable way to pass the time. An interesting story and the guide was lovely. Also a good opportunity to get a good view over the city. The tour is slightly limited by its small size.

Thank Julius G
Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the top floor there is a earlierly restricted area There is radio room and room for officers. Everything there is soviet style...

Thank Mato R
Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really interesting museum, and you sould totally check it out if you're ever in Tallinn. We did the tour with a guide, eventhough non of us usually like guided tours on museums. However, this really paid off as the tour guide has a lot of interessting facts and stories about the museum and the time Estonia was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour lasted an hour and was both interesting and informative. The guide spoke very good English and told you how the hotel operated during the Soviet days. I thought the length of the tour was just about right and was worth the cost of admission. The only English language tours were scheduled for 11:30 each day. I don't think... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked into the Viru hotel and asked where the museum was. Turns out you need to book ahead of time (turns out we only had to wait 35 min for an English speaking tour). The tour is someone showing you two rooms that are kind of interesting, and then a view from the balcony. It's neat-- a bit pricey... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Like other reviewers I thought 11 euro was a bit steep but the guide was very good and it was an interesting place. You need to book but we booked just day before.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

this is a true story and a true and honest location where it all happened. the utensils on display a originals, we liked the colour exploding purse... very creative...

1 Thank FOL-1003
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Interesting peek to the Soviet world. However we imagined a wider tour (for 11€) The guide was polite and funny although his English skills could have been better.

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