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The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom

The meeting place of generations

Vabamu, the Museum of Occupations and Freedom, located in the heart of Tallinn, presents the recent history of Estonia during and after the occupations. It describes the story of the restoration of the independence of the Estonian Republic and the preservation of freedom through various lives and fates.

Stories about Estonian mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers have been collected in Vabamu. Their fates help us all to always value justice and freedom.

The Vabamu building itself, which was the first building in Estonia specially constructed for a museum continues the theme of the exhibitions: the walls of the building are made of glass to offer visitors the freedom and transparency that was missing during times of occupation. The museum can be entered through a small birch grove to remember the people who died as a result of the actions by the occupation authorities.

Visitors of all ages are welcome. A special e-guide has been created for young visitors, which introduces the historic events to children to in a way that is suited to their age. The exhibition is accessible to people with hearing, visual, and mobility disabilities.

The museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2020.