Vabamu Museum Of Occupations & Freedom

Vabamu Museum Of Occupations & Freedom

Vabamu Museum Of Occupations & Freedom
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Occupations, resistance, restoration, and freedom. These are the words that reflect the new permanent exhibition of Vabamu - The Museum of Occupations and Freedom. It is a compelling museum about the recent history of Estonians, human values, and the role that people and their choices play in maintaining freedom. The brand new and modern permanent exhibition of the museum offers activities and something to think about for visitors of all ages. We will take you on a journey through the recent history of Estonia that is filled with thrilling stories. At the exhibition, you will be accompanied by an e-guide, who can speak Estonian, English, Russian, Finnish, German, Spanish, and French. The e-guide will discuss the topics of the museum and provide detailed reading material about the exhibits. Between stories, you will hear authentic memories of victims, perpetrators, accomplices, freedom fighters, collaborators, rebels, etc. The museum is accessible for visitors with disabilities.
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK719 contributions
The museum covers the main recent times that Estonia has been occupied. Firtly by the Germans in the second world war and then by Russia as part of the USSR. There are a lot of objects that are used to tell the story which is linked to a pretty good audio tour system. There are a lot of personnal recollections which really got you into the feel of what things were like. Interesting and thought provocking.
Written June 25, 2022
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qferryman
South Queensferry, UK74 contributions
The museum is a five minute walk from Freedom Square. It houses a collection of recorded histories of people brutalised by the Nazis and the Soviets. You are given SMARTphones at the entrance and follow a series of pictures around the museum. The SMART phone automatically picks up the picture and provides anecdotes of the people. Many stories are interesting , but there is very little sense of what Estonia in general was like and after a while it became repetitive. The fact we were the only two visible visitors suggests not many people are beating a path to the museum and I left feeling the concept is a good idea, but needs further developed.
Written September 6, 2020
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ristosan
Espoo, Finland331 contributions
Couples
Really impressive and touching experience to look, read and listen to stories of individual Estonians and their suffering during the Soviet occupations, and the nazi one as well. Great use of audiovisual tools really worked to an advantage. We really enjoyed the visit, and heartily recommend it. It is a must in Tallinn.
Written January 5, 2020
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Maxtrap
Seattle, WA190 contributions
Couples
We really felt good about visiting this museum. It is small, and will not tax your feet too much. There are plenty of places to sit, lockers for coats and bags, and a clean restroom. The entrance fee was not cheap, but we felt we received more than we paid for. Think of it as an investment in a future of more freedom and less totalitarianism. The stories of the eye witnesses and the experiences of one of the benefactors are all moving, and should never be forgotten. If I were King, museums visits like this would be a requirement to vote. (Note: to date, there have been zero requests for me to be King). This museum is a good break from standard “old stuff” museum displays. Great for kids, especially self-absorbed teenagers, to see. Some good books for purchase, we bought two in English.
Written February 9, 2020
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Monckeynuts
West Sussex65 contributions
We spent a good hour and a half wandering around the museum listening to the guided tour on individual headphones. Very moving tour with interactive displays.. There are cloakrooms and lockers for you to store your coats and bags in to save carrying them around. Clean and tidy toilets. Do take the time to visit the museum as there is so much to learn of the Occupation of these resilient people.
Written March 1, 2020
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Nikolaus K
Arlesheim, Switzerland191 contributions
Take your time and go there. Use at least two hours to spend there. You will and can understand about the Estonians in two hours more than without the museum in some days.

Personal items are touching, personal stories are told, and you understand the history beween 1940 until 2000.

Technincally brilliant, uniquie and a "must" when you go to Tallinn

I would recommend that to everybody
Written July 3, 2020
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Sarah K
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This is easily as touching as visiting the old Schindler Factory in Krakow. Though modern and interactive displays and a very informative audio guide, you bear witness to important stories about deportations, refugee life and life under a Soviet regime.

I ended up spending about 4 hours taking it all in and it was easily one of the highlights of my stay in Tallinn. It really made me reflect on the fragility of freedom.
Written August 25, 2022
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Guy M
Durham, NC2 contributions
The new version of this museum lost too much in the transition. Gone are the detailed exhibits of artifacts that I enjoyed on my last visit. I was told they are not digitally archived, so they are lost in the basement somewhere.
The new look is open and airy and communicates a sense of freedom, but the large installation of the man and woman circling around did not communicate anything to me.
I enjoyed the interactivity of the decisions creating free countries from occupied areas, but failed to manage the technology to hear all the interviews.
The ones I heard were compelling but I wish that more of the old exhibits were available. A tragic loss really; it's like the museum was occupied, and they were sent to Siberia.
Written October 2, 2021
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Deryck F
Dublin, Ireland353 contributions
The Museum of Occupations is a small, modern, light-filled building quite unlike a traditional museum. It is concerned with the German and Soviet occupations of Estonia in the 20th century. Captions are in Estonian but a free printed English-language guide is available. The exhibits include domestic appliances as well as millitary and espionage equipment, providing a fascinating glimpse of consumer culture, Soviet-style. While not overtly political, the exhibition makes a subtle but powerful message about life under the Nazi and Soviet regimes.
Written June 29, 2004
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Lisa T
Denver, CO22 contributions
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Loved this museum. It is high-quality, with lots of information in English. I felt like I understood the Soviet occupation of this country, and others, in a while new way. Fascinating.
Written March 4, 2018
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