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Estonian Museum of Occupations
Ranked #33 of 305 things to do in Tallinn
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Owner description: This museum chronicles the years Estonia spent under Nazi and Soviet domination.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The museum, dedicated to the 50 year period when the Germans and Soviets occupied Estonia, is good value at 5 euros entry. It reinforces what happened to the other Baltic countries during the 20th century. There are many artifacts and photos on display that are well marked and presented. There are also many videos covering the decades of the various stages of the occupation, which are very insightful. You could spend alot of time in the museum if you watched all of the videos, some of which are over 30 minutes long. There are statues in the basement, including a large one of Lenin, and other Soviet and and Nazi exhibits in the museum. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank WCOB
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

I was expecting more of a folk history museum given title, but this was an excellent museum for the history of Estonia since ww11. Don't expect a large museum, but I got a great sense of the struggles this country has been through, which for me helped explain the obvious pride in their country exhibited by Estonian people. Take the time to view the video in the ante room first floor.

Thank andrea t
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

You might think that the name of this museum is mis-spelled - "Occupations" - and that would mean that you need to be there. Estonia has been repeatedly occupied by surrounding countries and has a very interesting story to tell about these experiences. This museum was founded by an Estonian who lived through the occupations of the Soviets and the Nazis. The artifacts help set the tone of what it would have been like to be there. You probably can get by with about 1 hour for a good visit. You will need to read a lot, in English, to get the whole picture. There is a video presentation on a loop, but without a lot of guidance we found it a bit hard to comprehend.

Thank Ellen G
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

The staff here would really like you to learn a bit about what happened here to the Estonians. Several times in their history they have had to endure occupation and each time continuing the fight for independence through art, culture, and perseverance.

Imagine being coerced to speak a different language and customs. Imagine people being taken in the night and others moving in their places from far away.

Allegiances switched and roles played to keep a flame of independence burning.

The museum is well presented with a lot of information in movies, displays, and signage. People's names and their lives come alive in this place.

One can almost imagine if their homeland was overun. What would you do?

This museum can take 20 minutes or 2 hours depending on the detail of you stay. There are drinks I saw offered in a small seating area but I don't believe there is a cafe here.

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

This museum is an attractive modern building, easy to access. The memorabilia and records gathered here are moving but much of the impact is lost by the lack of curation. The personal testimony (translated) is interesting but needs editing. Nevertheless the exhibits tell heart-rending stories of terrible oppression by occupying forces and the courage and resilience of an extraordinary people. For those interested in 19th and 20th history, it's absolutely fascinating but no one could leave without learning something worthwhile.

Thank FionaMacAuckland
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