Patarei Sea Fortress and former prison

  Kalaranna 28 ,   Kalamaja & Kopli          +372 664 50 39     02 Mar 2020

This imposing, seaside complex in the Kalamaja district is now one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of Soviet-era prison life in all its dreariness. Originally opened as a sea fortress in 1840 and operated as an artillery battery, it housed inmates from 1919 until 2002 and has been left virtually untouched since. Most of the year the prison is closed to visitors, but you can still see it from the outside. From May through September, The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory has opened an exhibition area 'Communism is Prison' which introduces the nature of communist ideology, its international crimes, stories of its victims, and the history of the complex. The museum and research centre will continue to expand in the coming years. Entrance to the area is from the side facing the Port of Tallinn from Suur-Patarei street through the gate, or from the seaside promenade through the small gate.





Open 10:00 - 18:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission €8, reduced €5.

Events at this venue

May 2 - Sep 30 2020
Communism is Prison


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Alan MacRae
Visited here with Estonian friends last year, very worthwhile to go to. It's an intimidating place and you can imagine that the prisoners have just left as everything is untouched from when it closed
This is not your typical comfortable tourist visit. It is an eerie and scary place. Our group had a 1 hour tour, and it was awesome to see....but be warned that it is untouched for the most part, so it can be uncomfortable at times. The tour gave an inside glimpse of Soviet era prison life. There is no electricity so be prepared to walk with your cell phone light. They also offer the "prisoner experience". Good luck with that! It will be something you will not soon forget!
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