Museum of Occupations

Tallinn, Estonia

The Museum of Occupations was opened on July 1, 2003, and is dedicated to the 1940-1991 period in the history of Estonia, when the country was occupied by the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and then again by the Soviet Union. During most of this time the country was known as the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic.

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Toompea 8, Tallinn, Estonia
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Founded: 2003
Category: Museums in Estonia
Historical period: New Independency (Estonia)

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Zach Egan (5 months ago)
Excellent museum that showcases the history of Estonia - and the stories of Estonians - under occupation. Well worth the price. The museum is interactive and thoughtfully laid out. There is always something to learn here. With the audio guide, you can feel free to listen to as much or little as you want in case you are short on time, but I highly recommend listening. The museum also offers the guide in several languages.
Becky Fewster (6 months ago)
Sad topic but the museum was well done. A lot of info and personal stories on the self guided audio tour. Info was presented in several languages.
Yaroslav Prokopovych (6 months ago)
Very interesting museum, well made. Especially liked the fact that they give you your own digital guide with headphones
Justin Kwong (6 months ago)
The audio guide is great. Good staff and good interaction activity in the museum
A M (9 months ago)
This is a very intriguing museum, especially one of occupation. It is less interested in conveying historical information and more in the feeling and experience of those who were occupied, exiled, imprisoned, tortured, and who suffered under the occupation of the Nazis during WWII and also the Soviet Union for a much longer duration. The museum makes clear from the outset that its purpose is not to create any lasting ill-feeling towards its former occupiers. Visitors may be surprised by this, particularly if you have been to other Baltic occupation museums... I would very much recommend an hour or so in this museum. The exhibits are fascinating and the mix of them is eclectic. The historical half of the museum is, in my view, far more effective than the freedom section, though that too is thought-provoking. All in all, this is a very interesting and well thought-out museum that offers something different to other such museums in the region. Well worth a visit.
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