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“Best museum in Tallinn - a must go for every tourist”

Soviet Life Exhibit
Ranked #157 of 297 things to do in Tallinn
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Zurich, Switzerland
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43 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Best museum in Tallinn - a must go for every tourist”
Reviewed 17 June 2012

I came to this place rather by chance when I lost my way and wanted to ask the man standing in front of the building. It turned out that the man was the responsible person for the museum and made me interested to go in. The price for entry is completely okay with 5 Euros. He was also very helpful and gave me a guide through the exhibition and allowed me to touch a few things and made pictures since I was travelling alone. At the end I was even allowed to try out an old soviet uniform - what a great experience. The exhibition is a great collection of soviet relicts and is completely authentic (I have by now seen quiet some of those exhibitions, this one stands really out). I would recommend everyone to try this out!!

Visited June 2012
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English first
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“An interesting insight to another time”
Reviewed 3 June 2012 via mobile

Quite interesting to see old stuff, cars, motorcycles and objects from everyday life in the Soviet era. There are notes in English also, so you are not completely lost if you are not from Russia, Finland or Estonia. The museum does not have toilets so think about that before you go in. To go through the hole exhibit takes about 45 minutes.

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Tallinn, Estonia
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“A very reliable source for a glimpse into everyday life in Soviet times”
Reviewed 22 December 2011

Life during the almost 50 years of Soviet occupation in Estonia was not easy or pretty or comfortable, but they made due with what they got and many were able to be happy. This exhibition really gives a good overview of what Estonians (and their brothers in other Soviet republics) had and how they lived. Nothing was imported during those years, so everything you see in this exhibition is a rare sample of life behind the iron curtain. You get to sit in old Soviet cars and even tanks for Kodak moments. Enjoyable and nostalgic!
If aiming for a deeper understanding, get a guide (available in major languages of the world + Estonian), as the signs are mostly in Estonian (at least this was the case in the beginning of 2011). The exhibition is only open from late spring to early fall as the old factory building has no heating. This means that is might also get cold in there during the open season, so for your comfort, consider extra clothes if it's either wet or cold outside.
PS - The exhibition is constantly being updated as they gather more stuff from people who review their garage and find authentic memorabilia from the period.

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Toronto, Canada
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“Cool oldfashioned gas pump outside & lots of Soviet era cars inside!”
Reviewed 9 August 2011

This exhibition is in one of the old warehouses in the Rotterman Quarter near the harbour. Outside on the street there is an old gas pump from the Forties or Fifties along with an old car. A lot of people have their picture taken pretending to pump gas. Also outside is a large vat on a wagon. Apparently during the Soviet are these were a common sight on Tallinn streets and a type of light beer was sold from them. I was told that a communal cup was used that was just lightly rinsed out after each customer. Obviously that was before everyone became concerned about germs.

The exhibit mainly consists of displays of everyday items used during the era along with improvised and home made gadgets and machinery . Necessity is the mother of invention!. There are also several Russian cars from the Fifties on display in the courtyard along with an old bus and a tank. My 15 year old grandson found these very interesting.

Visited June 2011
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