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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  • What some complained about in their reviews I found fascinating from the shoes with wooden soles, the unglamorous Soviet under wear and clothing, the machine to steam envelopes open, the ration cards,...  more »
  • The Museum has some documentary videos against the German occupation and the Russian occupation. The exposed sample is scarce and is not comfortable to do documentaries on television with two seats in each one. I think you might have an exhibition rich in objects of these times and exhibition halls where to see documentaries with more comfort.
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  • 3 modules there from 1921 until the occupation 1939 Soviet and German occupation of 1941-1944 c the new 1944-1991 Soviet occupation. In addition to objects is puedenver interesting documentaries showing life in these different circumstances.
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  • 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..
  • 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.
  • Major part of the display are the 7 video screens presenting the history of occupation from 1939 to 1991 independence. However as the average time of each video is 30 mins you would need to spend 3.5 Hours to watch all. However lots of original material gathered from film archives and interesting if you have the time. They need better separation of the screens as you get sound interference from the videos from either side along the main wall.
  • Interesting museum and fascinating as a first time visitor to Estonia. The storytelling could be improved - as other reviews have pointed out, they rely heavily on videos which are too long and hard to hear. The audio guide does not add much value.
  • Not really a museum but some showcases with artefacts and long videos - impossible (for me) to concentrate as you can hear the soundtrack from others at the same time. Definitely an insult charging to visit this. The Occupations were undoubtedly terrible but deserve so much better than this

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