KGB Cells Museum

Tartu, Estonia

During the 47 years of Soviet occupation in Estonia approximately 122,000 people fell victims to different repressions from the security organs and more than 30,000 of them lost their life. The South Centre of Soviet security service NKVD and later KGB was located in Tartu, in the so-called gray house.

The dungeon was located in the basement and cells have been restored to the original appearance as part of the museum's permanent exhibition. The KGB Museum reflects the Soviet occupation of Estonia and the history of Estonian Resistance Movement. In the display you can find plans drawn by the Soviet authorities for conducting deportation operations, leaflets distributed by the school children's underground organizations, objects from the GULAG prison camps, as well as a great number of other photos and documents illustrating Estonian near history.

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Riia 15B, Tartu, Estonia
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Founded: 2001
Category: Museums in Estonia
Historical period: New Independency (Estonia)

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linnamuuseum.tartu.ee

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4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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karl Wagenlader (6 months ago)
Good but scary
Jaroslav Madacki (7 months ago)
KGB Cells Museum is situated on Riia hill in the ‘grey building’ which housed the South-Estonia Centre of NKVD/KGB in the 1940s and 50s. Visitors can explore the cellar part, where the cells of the arrested used to be located. Some of the cells, the solitary confinement cells, and the corridor part of the cellar are restored in their initial shape. Other former cells contain an exposition that gives an overview of the post-war Estonian freedom fighting and about the crimes of the communist regime. Among other things, it is possible to see photos and things brought from Siberian prison camps, as well as materials about the history of the Forest Brothers and secret resistance organisations.
Johan Juul (2 years ago)
A great place to check if KGB is something that interests you
kaarel kullamaa (2 years ago)
A place that is interesting and cartilage at the same time. I recommend it to anyone interested in history
Glyn Spencer (2 years ago)
Small but interesting and well laid out. English interpretation handouts are available
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