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“A fascinating history of Estonia”

Maarjamae Palace Estonian History Museum (Maarjamae Loss)
Ranked #92 of 299 things to do in Tallinn
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“A fascinating history of Estonia”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

Although we have been to Tallinn many times before to visit our son, we had not visited
Maarjamae Palace Estonian History Museum (Maarjamae Loss). We did not have a car, but getting there was easy on a local bus that stopped very close to the museum.
The displays are excellent and give a detailed and realistic history of Estonia's road to independence. Walking through the rooms of "historic eras' was a fascinating way to experience the changing events and attitudes.
Unfortunately we did not leave ourselves sufficient time to read all the material, but we will return again when we visit next year.
As part of our entrance fee, we were given a small book titled " A will to be free" - 90 years of the Republic of Estonia. An excellent publication with a detailed history that will provide us with great background for our next visit.

Glenis and Don Heath
Melbourne, Australia

Visited May 2011
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Thoroughly interesting, a great way to spend a few hours in Tallinn.”
Reviewed July 31, 2011

This was one of the most interesting things Ive had the pleasure of visiting whilst travelling around Europe. The exhibition charts the road to Estonian independence, and whilst not being blessed with tons of exhibits or artefacts from Estonia's history, there is so much to take in on how Estonian independence was gained and what the people of Estonia have endured and lived through. I think we spent around an hour and a half just wandering around the time line watching the videos and reading each exhibits description. Once we had done that we went outside to the grounds of the Maarjamae Palace and had a look at the 20 or so Soviet statues which had been taken from the main city of Tallinn and placed here. Its unlike the statue park in Budapest, the statues here have been mainly dumped with no thought to them being displayed for public. Also further down past the palace is a Russian war memorial which is also good to view whilst you are there also!!

Visited June 2011
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Reminders of a Soviet Past”
Reviewed May 4, 2009

We stumbled across the Estonian History Museum by chance after visiting Kadroig Park and St Peters Palace and going for a walk along the Baltic coast from the Russalka memorial.

The museum is housed in the Maarjamae Palace although from the outside it looks very run down and shut. There were also no clear signs that the museum was open but we decided to try the main door anyway.

The main hall contains one of the strangest frescoes I have ever seen. The room has a traditional wooden floor and pannelling and around the whole room is a quite garish mural "celebrating" the Soviet Unions achievements; everything from cosmonauts to gymnasts. Apparantly it was part of a project to build a Museum of Sovite Friendship.

Upstairs is an exhibition covering Estonia's history from their first independance after WW1 to German and Soviet occupation and ultimately independance again in 1991.

There are not that many artefacts but what makes the exhibition so fascinating is the vast collection of photos and the detailed descriptions that go with them. It takes a good couple of hours to go all the way round but it is extremely worth while.

After visiting the museum make sure you wander round the back to discover some more reminders of Estonia's past.

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