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Maarjamae Palace Estonian History Museum (Maarjamae Loss)
Ranked #91 of 309 things to do in Tallinn
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Reviewed 26 April 2015

The stables only reopened last year- and beautifully restored with excellent facilities- but the Castles and Pawns exhibition is outstanding- it is described as "the first comprenesive exhibition 0f the German occupation of Estonia" but it is so much more-It allows the visitor to understand that critical period of the coutry's history in a sensitive and thought provoking way-the horrors of a country thrice invaded and occupied in five years is brought home in a measured and thoughful way with clear texts and a wide range of objects from military and civilian life.The horrors of repression, the struggle to survive are all illustrated and explained -the most poignant display- on flight- is unforgettable. The accompanying catalogue- which is based on the exhibition - is excellent- buy it- and remember! An exhibition on such a sensitive topic so brilliantly displayed is a rarity -forget old Tallinn -make the trip!you will be enriched and educated.

1  Thank Schadla-Hall T
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Reviewed 26 February 2015

The renovated stable of Maarjamäe palace (about 200 meters from the main building) is an exhibition and educational environment of the Estonian History Museum and there has been opened a new interactive exhibition about German Occupation of Estonia 1941–1944, providing a thorough overview of one of the most controversial and dramatic periods in the history of Estonia for the first time.

When you wander around this exhibition it makes you very sad to actualize what has been going on during those years in Estonia. There is plenty to see both audiovisual material and items in showcases, one reconstructed living room, uniforms, few weapons, a typical bicycle i.a. You are not allowed to take photos.

In the main building the permanent exhibition "a will to be free" was not translated in English, there are plenty of photos but when you don´t understand the Estonian language, this part was very difficult to get enthusiastic albeit local people seemed to spend plenty of time in this area.

On the other hand the exhibition of Estonian Cinema 100 years was much more interesting. There are film equipment from cameras to editing table, clothing, puppets i.a. In that area is also a cafe, seating reminding of school desks, very reasonable prices.

Main building and Stables, together 6 EUR entrance fee. Because of the rainy weather I didn´t go around the area and I missed the Soviet Monuments. Easy access by bus, take number 8, 1A or 34A and get off in Maarjamägi bus stop after Lauluväljak. Outstanding stairway from the main road (and bus stop) up to the palace, on the gateway eagles and in the courtyard a lion on the fountain. I also have to mention the lovely lady cashier, who made sure I found the Stable building.

If you are planning to go to one museum only, I would recommend first and foremost the Great Guild Hall or Town Hall for your visit.

1  Thank vivian L
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Reviewed 9 January 2015

This review is a tale of two Halves. In the first place, I went to Maarjamae Palace as an extension of the Estonion History Museum. I went out by taxi and it was a bit like going to a place that had been left behind. The original palace buildings are in a poor state of repair, and this neglect extended to the interior. You do not get to view an historical interior other than an impressive Grand Hall with a great mural. The rest of the museum had two temporary exhibions: film in Estonia and Electricity in Estonia. It was not really worth visiting.

However, the second part of my review is much brighter. Behind the palace lies a quantity of Soviet statues that made an interesting photo story. The next feature is that a brand new museum has been opened in the original barn, about 300m to the left of the palace. It is not yet signposted from the arrival gate. Opened in December 2014, this contemporary display sets out the history of Estonia during the last war. It was excellent with plenty of good signage in English. An audio guide ( not tried) was also available. Original items, film and photos brought their history alive.

Oh, check out the spectacular toilets available here too. Worth a visit just yo check the color scheme and the mirrors.

There are plans for the original Palace to be redeveloped, and if this new section is indicative of the standard to come, then visitor's experiences will be much improved.'

5  Thank NapierAro
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Reviewed 6 December 2014

This museum has 2 major buildings..the first dealing primarily with the Soviet occupation and the second with the German occupation. Anyone with any interest in WW11 is virtually overcome with the visit. Fortunately, Estonia has an awesome film archive and here it is shared in a way which really captures one. The layout of the museum is brilliant..the many uses of projectors, video, artifacts, mutilingual descriptions, etc are simply riveting. We found the staff to be knowledgable ,courteous and very helpful. While outside the old city,( 10 minutes by taxi), this is a must see.

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Reviewed 4 December 2014

I didn't go in the museum, as it was closed, but around the back you can find 10 ton statues of Stalin or busts of Lenin. Totally amazing to see the collection, now very rare to see in situ. Impressive.

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