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KGB Building, Riga

4.2
#2 of 108 in Museums in Latvia
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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  • I finally went to see for myself the building that my parents and grandparents were scaring me with when I was growing up. Needless to say their scaremongering was well justified by the evidence of...  more »
  • Much recommended and definitely worth taking the tour. Grim, scary- but need to know ones history... Alex did a superb job of showing us around and explaining the stories behind the cells and walls...  more »

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