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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Details

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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Muse (7 months ago)
Good quality, cool, recommended by 10/10 dentist.
lala CWY (14 months ago)
This is one of the most enjoyable experience in visiting museum in Baltic Countries. receptionist is very nice, she provided me with electronic device which is very cool. I never find the same service can be freely provided among the other countries. the exhibition is simple but precise demonstrate the past under soviet occupation and showing how estonian image their future should be. Definitely worth to go!
Claudiu (15 months ago)
What I loved best about this museum is that it makes it perfectly clear that Nazism and Communism were both as harmful to the Estonian people and the world. The concept of the place is very well executed with top notch curation that carries a punch while taking back in the not so distant past. Don't expect much in terms of exhibits but be prepared to be impressed even if you are already aware of this piece of history The museum managed to be both informative and impactful on an emotional level at the same time
Julie Green (16 months ago)
Excellent museum. Thought provoking and creative approach to the presentation of the material. Would appeal to all ages. Make sure you set enough time to visit all sections, unfortunately we ran out of time. Would go back again to complete the visit if I had the opportunity.
Juan GW (16 months ago)
Great museum if you want to understand a crucial part of history of Estonia and the Baltic countries. I loved the detailed historic accounts combined with broader historical information and carefully curated objects, multimedia pieces and interactive spaces. This is a place for encounter and reflection about past, present and future. Invaluable experience. Definitely a reference for other countries and cultures that deal with complex pasts and occupation stories.
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