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Our museum team is small in number, but great in spirit and will. We value cooperation and believe that touching stories about recent history will help us create a better tomorrow. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to get involved.


  • Aive Peil

    Programme Manager
    Aive is the headmistress of the museum. She is responsible for everything related to education: museum lessons, teaching materials, guided tours, educational experiences, etc.

    In addition to appreciating art and being a fitness enthusiast, she’s also an avid reader and loves to frequent the cinema.
  • Heili Kärg

    Development Manager (on materity leave)
    Heili gathers activities, people, time, money, documents, partners, and tools and turns them into… no, not some random salad, but a very worthwhile combination. One day she will be at the Ministry, then at a construction site, the day after that she will be looking for employees or preparing financial forecasts. Later, she might be designing a brand or ordering furniture. And Heili knows that there is always room for improvement!

    During winter, Heili skis, during summer, she plays volleyball, and armed with her camera, she is always on the lookout for genuine emotions.
  • Keiu Telve

    Traveling Exhibition Project Manager
    Keiu is responsible for assembling and moving the Estonia 100 traveling exhibition. She communicates with foreign partners and makes every effort to display the traveling exhibition both in Estonia and North America.

    In her free time Keiu walks her Scottish Terrier Rosin (Raisin) and goes kitesurfing in summer.
  • Kristjan Saharov

    Collection Manager
    The main task of the collection manager is to develop, research, and systematise collections on occupations, resistance, restoration, and freedom building, and to register and manage museum objects.

    He plays the guitar and sings beautifully – he is the lost, or rather the prospective Estonian music superstar.
  • Kärdy Pang

    Visitor Experience Guide (KGB Prison Cells)

    Kärdy ensures that visits to the KGB Prison Cells are interesting and thought-provoking. She is responsible for ensuring the well-being of each visitor.

    Kärdy has got Viire. Viire is an Alaskan Malamute, who takes Kärdy for walks. She likes new locations and new curious characters. She also swims and goes skiing, visits the cinema, theatre, and concerts. (Kärdy, not Viire.)

  • Liis Meriküll

    Marketing and Communications Specialist
    Today, everything is connected to marketing and communication – Liis’ task is to plan and conduct all this great communication in Estonia and abroad, on the internet, on the phone, and in person.

    She appreciates theatre and dancing as well as spending time with her friends; she gets her energy from seeing joy in other people’s eyes. In addition, Liis charges herself up with early-morning runs in the woods.
  • Lisanna Kinkar

    Office Manager

    Lisanna keeps an eye on the work environment, tools, and documents. She helps with internal communications, and organises team events and meetings. She also manages the museum’s website and answers museum-related inquiries.

    Lisanna’s top two: a cup of good coffee and an unexpectedly sincere, but slightly ironic joke. After the work week, she likes to recharge in the woods, sometimes picking mushrooms, sometimes berries, and most of all, she likes to cook with freshly picked ingredients. Lisanna will never say no to a good dance, a fine piece of music, or a profound piece of cinema.
  • Marika Pihel

    Service Director (on materity leave)
    Marika co-ordinates the service side of things at Vabamu and the KGB Prison Cells. She is involved with the development of the Vabamu shop and café. She also works with our tour guides, ensuring that the service at Vabamu is smooth, polite, and memorable.

    Yoga, theatre, cycling, traveling – these are the activities close to Marika’s heart. And she’s also a devout dog enthusiast!
  • Sander Jürisson

    Exhibition Manager
    Sander manages the content of the museum and is responsible for research and exhibition activities. He works closely with curators of permanent and temporary exhibitions and ensures that each detail of the exhibition is well thought out and correct. Another important role in Sander’s work is conveying touching stories through the activities of the museum.

    He dribbles the ball, i.e. plays basketball like Arvydas Sabonis. Sander also enjoys traveling and tasting the national dishes of different countries.
  • Maris Metsküla

    Senior Visitor Experience Guide
    Maris ensures that visits to the KGB Prison Cells are interesting and thought-provoking. She is responsible for ensuring the well-being of each visitor.

    She reads books and travels, and loves to sip some fine hot tea on the side.
  • Marko Poolamets

    Board Member
    Marko provides advice and support to the museum. He checks that all papers are correct and that the action plan is completed.

    He is into photography and nature tourism. Marko is a true expert of Estonian landscapes, hills, and other intriguing places.
  • Merilin Piipuu

    Executive Director
    Merilin is the driving force of the museum, who steers the team and the museum in the right direction. She is an initiator and a forward thinker, making the museum into an ever more valued and loved place for Estonians and visitors of Estonia alike. 

    Merilin’s soul rests when she is in the countryside stacking wood or working on a garden patch. Not a single week passes for her without folk dance practice, swimming, or reading a good educational book.
  • Rain Seppel

    Visitor Experience Guide (KGB Prison Cells)
    Rain ensures that visits to the KGB Prison Cells are interesting and thought-provoking. He is responsible for ensuring the well-being of each visitor.

    Rain watches the weather – if the weather is blissful, he jumps to the saddle and takes off to wherever his heart desires on his bicycle. When he has more free time, he likes to think and read about history and society and their interconnectedness.

  • Evelin Siilak

    Visitor Experience Guide
    Evelin makes sure that every visitor gets the best service and thoughts at our museum and that in addition to emotions, our visitors have something delicious to eat here and a lovely souvenir to take home – something to remember our museum by for years to come.

    Evelin’s free time is filled with culture. For years already, she has been an elaborate culture projects’ writer. Tallinn-London-Tallinn is the route on which both Estonian national costumes and cultural ambassadors travel under Evelin’s guidance. Naturally, our energetic Evelin is a folk dancer herself.
  • Liina Koitla

    Senior Visitor Experience Guide
    Liina is involved in everything that makes the visitor experience at Vabamu pleasant: she introduces the museum, talks about history and, on top of everything, is a skilled barista. Liina has a motto – “An exciting and a little nutty idea for every visitor!”

    In summer, Liina spends her free time either at culture festivals or playing tennis at her neighbourhood park. In winter, she is either at the cinema, theatre or her friends’ place playing board games.
  • Hendrik Malm

    Visitor Experience Guide
    Hendrik’s tasks involve ticket sales, introducing exhibitions, servicing the visitors at the café and providing an overall pleasant experience to our visitors – this is what brings a smile to his face.

    Hendrik enjoys reading and loves studying history. He is also into sports ad healthy eating. Although we all know it already, Hendrik keeps telling us – sincerely and regularly – that the Republic of Estonia is the loveliest and dearest place in the world!
  • Raimo Tõnissoo

    Visitor Experience Guide
  • Kristi Ardel

    Service Director
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