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Photo by: Heili Kärg

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 149 reviews

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Pagari tn 1, Tallinn

Old Town

Open/ Available

01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18
01.10-30.04 Mon-Sun 11-18

Fees

Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 4.00€
Family ticket 11.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@vabamu.ee

+372 668 0250

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In the heart of the Old Town at Pagari 1 lies the former KGB headquarters in Tallinn. The building has long been a symbol of the former Soviet oppression in Estonia. For thousands of Estonians, the course of suffering began from this place. 

In 1941, Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (ESSR) Commissariat for Internal Affairs established the prison cells in the cellar of the building at Pagari 1.

In the basement, suspected enemies of the state were imprisoned and interrogated before they were either shot or sent to labor camps in Siberia. The bricked-up basement windows were intended to mute the sounds of the interrogations and torturing. Although the detention centre was used only until 1950, the action taken between the walls lives in the memories to this day.

The prison cells at Pagari Street stand as silent and intimate witnesses, telling the stories of atrocious violations of human rights and the crimes of inhumane regimes.

From July 3 to August 8, 2019 regular tours take place every Wednesday at 14. The tours are in English. 

Location (map)

Pagari tn 1, Tallinn

Old Town

Open/ Available

01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18
01.10-30.04 Mon-Sun 11-18

Fees

Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 4.00€
Family ticket 11.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@vabamu.ee

+372 668 0250

Information

More

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"The horror dungeon of Tallinn"

4.0

January 28, 2020, by Mikael F

The former KGB headquarters in Tallinn lies in the Old Town in a building built in 1912. The prison cells in the basement have remained a symbol of the former Soviet oppression in Estonia. Suspected... Read more

"A reminder of mans inhumanity to his fellow man"

4.0

January 26, 2020, by Simonwheeler186220

The title sums it up. A small museum but if you are interested in modern history then well recommended. Sadly we’ve already visited Auschwitz and after attempting to try to take in the sheer scale of... Read more

"Interesting visit "

4.0

December 29, 2019, by em5494

The museum, although small, was very informative. The size was reflected in the price which was very reasonable. Lots of different ways of displaying information and hearing stories of those who had... Read more

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