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Maarjamae Palace Estonian History Museum (Maarjamae Loss)
Ranked #90 of 309 things to do in Tallinn
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Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

This palace converted to museums.The main section is the Soviet time statues and the other Estonian film and electricity museum .A good view of the harbour from here.

Thank SE s
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

Often one think at a historical museum as a boring experience but this is not the case with Estonian history museum. Full of interactive activites, interesting material, facts and about the nation today, videos, games. Much variety in the way things are exposed. Definitely to visit to get an idea of the country!

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Reviewed 29 April 2015

We arrived here on a wet miserable day and were told that there was no history here... We had read about the German occupation exhibition in the stables so asked about that. We were sold a ticket that we thought covered all the site so we looked at the quite boring electricity and film exhibits. These will only interest people with special interest in this areas. You do get to see the ESSR mural complete with Lenin and cosmonauts. Then we walked to the stables to be told that we needed to pay another fee. The German occupation exhibit was much more interesting.

However, the highlight of this place is behind the main palace and you can access for free. There are several Lenin statues and even Stalin. Thanks to other reviewers who mentioned these as we would not have found them otherwise.

You can also walk next door to the Maarjamae Memorial for free. We enjoyed the free outdoor items more than the museum. It is over-rated and over-priced for what they offer at the moment. They are renovating and hopefully in the future it will have more history.

3  Thank wombatdavid
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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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