Tours about Estonians in exile

2. – 3.07.2019
Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom welcomes you home! 

On 2nd and 3rd of July we welcome all Estonians who are visiting their homeland this summer to the permanent exhibition ‘Freedom Without Borders’!

For this occasion, we offer tours about Estonians in exile, talking about their lives across the border. You will hear stories about resilience, and survival, hope, and faith in freedom.    

The tours in Estonian take place on 2nd and 3rd of July starting from 12 p.m. and the tour in English takes place on 2nd of July 6 p.m. at Vabamu (Toompea 8, Tallinn).   

Participation of the tour requires museum ticket (ticket 11€, reduced ticket 7€) and pre-registration.  

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The exhibition ‘Freedom Without Borders’ speaks of the path from occupations to freedom and consists of five parts: crimes against humanity, Estonians in the free world, life in Soviet Estonia, the restoration of independence, and freedom. Exile highlights the history of Estonians abroad by telling the story of Estonians fleeing the foreign powers. The main exhibits are the boat that was used while fleeing to Sweden in the Autumn of 1944 and the original film shown in public for the first time that recorded the journey of motor sailboat Triina.

After the tours, the museum offers cake and coffee and invites the participants to think about thought-provoking moments of our recent history. The museum is also interested in the visitor's own stories of exile and hopes to include those stories to the collection. Every donated story or a photograph/item is relevant to the museum's aim to preserve memories.  

Throughout both of the days the team of oral history portal Kogu Me Lugu (translates into Collect Our Story, We're Collecting The Story, also Our Entire Story) is present at Vabamu to screen video interviews they have conducted with Estonians abroad and to create new contacts. Kogu Me Lugu's mission is to collect and preserve memories of people who were repressed by the Soviet or Nazi regimes, people who escaped Estonia during the occupations of said regimes or arrived in Estonia as a result of the occupations.

To celebrate the Jubilee Year of Estonian Song and Dance Festival and The XII Global Estonian Cultural Festival, ESTO, Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom is opened longer than usual – from 30th of June until 4th of July, and from 6th of July until 7th of July the museum is opened from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. On 5th of July, the museum is exceptionally closed.  

From the 30th of June until 20nd of August, the ticket of Vabamu museum is half the price for all the singers and dancers with the performers' wristband of the Estonian Song and Dance Celebration 2019.

We look forward to meeting you soon at Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom!  

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