Museum of Occupations, Tallinn

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Museum of Occupations documents the country's tragic suffering and amazing resilience through a world war and five decades of communist rule. Visit the museum, dedicated to Estonia's unfortunate experiences between 1940 and 1991, and you'll see how the country ultimately survived its conquests by both the Nazis and the Soviets. Explore the numerous displays and exhibits memorializing the experience of the people of Estonia during those dark times. You'll find stark reminders of the repressive methods used by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union to subdue Estonia and its residents. Don't miss the exhibits dealing with Estonia's independence from the USSR and little-known issues with the Russian Army afterward. Use our Tallinn trip maker website to arrange your visit to Museum of Occupations and other attractions in Tallinn.
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  • The Museum can accommodate both a permanent and up to several walking exhibitions with emphasis on conveying the history of the in total 51 year-long of the 1940 invasions from Estonia until 1991. Here be told about esternes and the fate of under Soviet, German and Soviet occupation , including the story of the imparted Soviet mass deportations and persecutions of individuals. Several accounts of the work of the resistance and escape to the West is in the permanent exhibition.
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  • Being a native born American, I had only a vague knowledge of Estonia and it's checkered past. Visiting the museum made me appreciate the freedoms I have always taken for granted. The museum's focus i...  more »
  • Very interesting to see how Tallinn fared during the years of the Soviet Union, and heartening to see very clearly that it retained its own independence and character despite the years of oppression.  more »
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  • Maybe the content is good but sit down in a museum watching videos for 3 hours is not my idea of museum. The videos are optional, they have some old interesting items and documents tho. The most interesting part was the gypsies history of Miranda ( not a video )
  • Thought this sounded like a cool museum, but is was really not. They have gathered alot of things from the period and have several showcases with film to explain. Think it's about 8 showcases with 20 to 30 minutes film each. We did not have the time to be there so long... The also have an exhibition downstairs, that is the reason they got any stars from me. When we visited the exhibition was about immigration and was really powerful! But I think they changes the exhibition downstairs sometimes..
  • Not to be missed. People around the world know far too little about the suffering of the Estonians (and Latvians and Lithuanians too) under German and more particularly Soviet occupation.
  • Gives a great insight into the local perspective of occupation and ww2. In terms of the videos, yes there is hours worth but instead, choose one and watch the whole 20 minute segment. Very interesting
  • A museum almost solely based on showing too long video clips(20-35 mins) which does not start at the will of the visitors, but rather keeps playing in some kind of loop. The temporary exhibit in the basement was quite good. At the time the theme was migration. Only reason it was worth spending an hour here.

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As Estonia's largest city, Tallinn has a wide range of options for accommodation during your travels. Many of these--from economical bed and breakfasts to a luxury hotels--center within the Old Town or just outside of it, giving you easy access to historical sights and a range of activities. Get more for your money by venturing a little farther away; try a guesthouse in one of the surrounding areas for an authentic Estonian experience. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if you are traveling in the summer, as hostels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are known to book up fast for the months of July and August. This is especially true for weekends from May through to September.
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