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Manor House, Museum, Military Legacy.

The Laidoner Manor House is located about 25 minutes by bus (No 1A) from the central underground... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2017
gregoryjarosch50
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Vilnius, Lithuania
Interesting history

Nice museum about estonian war and military history, nice reception, well restored, outside nice... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2017
Giuseppe B
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed November 6, 2017

The Laidoner Manor House is located about 25 minutes by bus (No 1A) from the central underground bus terminal in Tallinn and set in a quiet lush green country estate setting, befitting a summer residence for a high official. Its well worth while contemplating how well the Manor House fits the bill of a summer residence and how serene the setting is for what became a military museum and even active Soviet signals command base.

The Manor House is architecturally quite attractive and one can sense the serenity and class status the Manor must have conveyed when used as a summer residence by General Laidoner, a one time Commander in Chief of the Estonian military. The manor House was also used by the Soviets as a signals command post during the Cold War. General Laidoner died in Soviet captivity in 1953 and his remains have never been located, not an uncommon occurrence for captives who were taken into Russia and the wider Soviet Union.

For about 10 Euro entrance fee, between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm Wednesday to Sunday, one can wander the various rooms and two floors of the Manor House and quietly contemplate the various exhibits and relatively complex, difficult and extremely challenging options to attain and maintain independence before, during and after the 20th century. There is another hall located about 300 meters walking distance from the Laidoner Manor House Military Museum, which houses various heavy military hardware tanks and artillery - German, Russian, and more recently U.S. used by the Estonian military over the past 100 years or more, under Estonian, German and Russian command.

Guided tours are available in Estonian, English, German, Swedish, Russian, Polish and like most museums one's visit should not be rushed to gain maximum benefit.

Military history like politics is never simple and the complexity of living as an Estonian in Estonia, over the past couple of centuries was if not tenuous at times, never dull, and the Baltic region was always the "melting pot", the "border zone", the "demarcation line". A walk through the Manor House museum brings this forth, and exhibits like the partisan bunker, brings home how resourceful, resilient and responsive one needed to be living in such a bountiful and sought after land in turbulent times.

General Laidoner's study at the Manor House is simple yet elegant and a glimpse into the past when custom, tradition and faith were held in high esteem. The story and history of the Laidoner family is reflected in the Laidoner Military Museum. In some respects the Laidoner Military Museum reflects the sacrifices that the nation of Estonia as a whole has had to make over centuries and particularly over the past 100 years to maintain relatively brief periods of real independence.

The Manor staff are more than happy to answer questions such as the use of the Manor facilities during the Cold War, aspects of exhibits history.

One should take the time to walk the immediate grounds around the Manor House and take in the views and maybe stop at an adjoining cafe and sit and sip beverages while contemplating the hive of activity the Manor House must have been before and during the Cold War.

Greg Jarosch

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

Nice museum about estonian war and military history, nice reception, well restored, outside nice garden

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

This is a free entrance museum named after General Laidoner, but the show is about the wars Estonia participated in. There's a lot to read in the museum. Actually pretty boring, but I liked the collection of weapons.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 11, 2017

The museum is very interesting and well done, covering Estonian military history. It is free and also comprises a separate location (300m by foot from the main building) holding artillery pieces and a few vehicles. You can enter a soviet BMP and a German StuG III (formerly used by Finland), which I found quite unique. The place can be reached by public transport, bus 1A.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Aaron D
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Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

A small but interesting collection detailing Estonian military history. Exhibits all have Estonian, English and Russian translations. Good overview of both their War for Independence and World War 2, where Estonians served in the Soviet, Finnish, and German armies. Don't miss the vehicle warehouse which is about 300 meters down the road from the main museum. It contains a nice collection (many donated from Finland) including several fairly rare German pieces like 88mm guns and a STuG 3 assault gun...the vehicles are labelled but fairly minimal explanation; the best part is they let you climb on and in them! Also don't miss the sauna in a shipping container brought back from Afghanistan.

Date of experience: May 2017
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