The KGB museum
The official name of the museum is: “Gorokhovaya 2, the History of the Political Police and State Security bodies of Russia”. But the urban residents call it the KGB museum.
The bodies of political control of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union were located in the building where the museum is now situated for more than fifty years. During pre-revolutionary Russia, political investigations were carried out here; agents of revolutionary movements were held in the building as prisoners too. After 1917 the revolutionary leaders took over the building and became heads of the Secret Service. The cabinet of the first chairman of All-Russian Extraordinary Commission (AREC), Felix Dzerzhinsky was lodged in the house on Gorokhovaya Street.
The museum exhibition displays different types of documents, such as the documents from the Department of Defense of Public security, the State security and prisons, the papers of All-Russian Extraordinary commission-Joint State Political Directorate; as well as the documents taken from the archives of the FSB of St. Petersburg and Moscow. You may also find various types of costumes represented in the museum. In addition, you will find captivating historic material like; the original records of arrests and interrogations, letters of political prisoners, fly-sheets of the revolution, declassified documents of the “cold war” and photos of CIA agents showcased in the museum.
The famous exhibition “KGB USSR: people, fates and missions” is held in one of the halls of the museum.
Previously, only the relevant state bodies, like the AREC, the KGB and the FSB, had access to the museum. Nowadays, it is open to the general public.
The museum offers general and thematic excursions.
Working hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Museum’s ticket office is open till 5:00 p.m.
Days off: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Tickets fare: 40-150 rubles.
Address: St. Petersburg, Admiralteisky prospect, 6. Metro station “Admiralteiskaya”
Phone: +7(812)312-2742, +7(812) 312-63-05
Translation by Evgenya Gavrilova
Edited by Joan Akatukunda