Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom - this is the home for personal narratives about crimes against humanity. Stories like these help us better appreciate justice and freedom ... More info ›
Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom - this is the home for personal narratives about crimes against humanity. Stories like these help us better appreciate justice and freedom.
The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom is a place that recounts the story of the Estonian people from occupation to independence and inspires people to maintain and stand up for their freedom. We educate, engage, and encourage Estonian people and visitors to reflect on recent history, feel the fragile nature of freedom, and stand up for liberty and justice.
To value freedom, it is important to learn about the past. The aim of the museum is to tell touching stories about Estonia’s recent history that make people think about the value and fragility of freedom.
The exhibition ‘Freedom Without Borders’, which speaks of occupation, resistance, freedom, and recovery consists of five parts: crimes against humanity, Estonians in the free world, life in Soviet Estonia, the restoration of independence, and freedom.
Inhumanity looks back at the moments in our recent history when a general lack of humanity stifled the people living here.
The items and visuals in Exile tell the story of Estonians across borders, in exile.
The section of the exhibition focusing on Soviet Estonia is divided into two parts. First, we consider the introduction of the Soviet regime and individuals faced with ideological choices. The second major theme addresses the cultural peculiarities and characteristics of everyday life in the Soviet Union.
The floor housing Recovery focuses on the period of the Singing Revolution and the restoration of independence spanning from the Phosphorite War of 1987 to Estonia’s accession to the European Union in 2004. The exhibition centres around eight people who are not mentioned in the annals of history.
The portion on Freedom examines freedom as a state of tension, in which balance must be struck somewhere between freedoms and responsibilities.
The creation of the new permanent exhibition involved both in-house and outside specialists. The curator of the theme on crimes against humanity is Sander Jürisson, Head of Museum Exhibitions. Escape from the Second World War and the life of Estonians in exile is unveiled by the University of Tallinn doctoral student and junior researcher Maarja Merivoo-Parro. The curator of the Soviet life portion of the exhibition is Tallinn University lecturer Uku Lember, PhD. The section on the restoration of independence was prepared by Oxford University postdoctoral researcher Aro Velmet, PhD. The subject matter for the section focusing on freedom was co-created by communications expert Daniel Vaarik and artist Kaido Ole. The musical interior of the courtyard was created by the musician Taavi Tulev.
An e-tour guide leads the journey
En route through the museum, the visitor is accompanied by an e-tour guide specially designed for our permanent exhibition, which guides the visitor on a gripping and contemplative journey through the paths of recent history.
We offer e-tour guides in seven languages (Estonian, Russian, English, Finnish, German, French, Spanish).