Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom
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Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom

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Visit: Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom, Toompea 8, Tallinn 10142 Estonia

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).

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  • Drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • E-guide is in 7 languages
  • Accessibility for visitors with disabilities
  • Vabamu is committed to treating everyone equally and keeping our museum accessible to all visitors, including people with disabilities.
  • The museum is built to accommodate wheelchair users. We have an elevator that services all three floors and ramps that make the building accessible. As many rooms are rather small in size, a wheelchair with a narrower frame is more suitable. The museum can provide a wheelchair with a narrow frame. There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor of the museum and an accessible parking space next to the museum.
  • People with visual impairments and blind people
  • The museum can be visited independently or with an accompanying person. People with visual impairments and blind people can use the e-tour guides provided to all visitors of the museum. Our tactile guidance path makes the building easier to navigate. Rooms are predominantly dark, but high-contrast signs and pointers have been installed. The texts in the e-tour guide are white on a black background. Guide dogs are welcome in the museum.
  • People with hearing impairments and deaf people
  • Our e-tour guide provides transcription of all videos, as well as text descriptions of the exhibits. Groups of people with hearing impairments are welcome to attend excursions and museum lessons accompanied by sign language interpreters.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers


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