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KGB Building, Riga

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KGB Building keeps dark secrets of interrogations, torture, and the executions of thousands. Set foot in the dark hallways of the former secret police headquarters, or "the house on the corner," as the locals called it between 1940 and 1991 during Soviet rule. Visit a stark prison cell, outfitted with only a pallet to sleep on and a window that lets in a small ray of light. Personal effects that prisoners took with them on a journey without return, such as a teddy bear or a bit sand from their spouse's grave, make the exhibits hauntingly real. Keep in mind that, while you can access part of the museum on your own, you'll need to join a tour to see others. Check the website in advance for English-language tour times. PutKGB Building into our Riga sightseeing planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Absolutely brilliant (but sobering & scary) museum giving an account of the KGB in Latvia. The tour guide was excellent, speaking perfect English. You got to see the interrogation rooms, cells... 
    Absolutely brilliant (but sobering & scary) museum giving an account of the KGB in Latvia. The tour guide was excellent, speaking perfect English. You got to see the interrogation rooms, cells...  more »
  • This is free entry and it does not take long to get around, maybe 1 hr. it is one room with lots of information boards with stories and pictures. It’s very interesting and informative. I am sure in... 
    This is free entry and it does not take long to get around, maybe 1 hr. it is one room with lots of information boards with stories and pictures. It’s very interesting and informative. I am sure in...  more »
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  • The tour was very interesting and informative. The tour guide was speaking interestingly and was entertaining. He was very nice and answered all of the guest questions. He also said that the building will be closing in a few years because it is in a bad state and will not be safe to visit soon. The tickets are 8€ for adults or 4€ for students. There is also a free exhibiton for all visitors.
  • Very interesting, great if you are a history lover. There is a small part which is free but it is best to pay extra for the tour so you can see the prison and learn about the KGB and the history of the building and it’s prisoners. Our tour guide was extremely informative and knowledgeable!

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