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The Museum of KGB Cells

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. The seminar room provides space for temporary exhibitions.

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.

Latest news: Exhibition "They Were Shot in the Back of the Head – The Katyn Massacre Exhibition"

Exhibition "They Were Shot in the Back of the Head – The Katyn Massacre Exhibition" is now shown in the Museum of KGB Cells.

The exhibition which was put together by the Polish Army Museum and the Katyn Museum presents the massacre that was perpetrated by the NKVD in the spring of 1940 on about 22 000 Polish POWs and prisoners and implications on their families. The mass executions were only the beginning of the harsh fate of Poles under Soviet occupation.

The exhibition is in English with Estonian translation and will remain open until February of 2017.

KGB Cells Museum


Riia 15b
Tartu 51010
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Opening times:
Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 17

Christmas and New Year opening hours 2016/2017:
21 December 11am–1pm
23 and 31 December 11am-2pm
24-26 December and 1 January the museum is closed

Ticket prices:
Adults: 4 euros
Children, students and seniors: 2 euros
Family: 10 euros
Guided tour in English: 20 euros (max 30 persons)
Guided tour in German: 20 euros (max 30 persons)


e-mail: kgb@katarina.ee

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