Vaivara Sinimagede Museum
Vaivara Sinimagede Museum
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Military MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
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Sinimaed have been a visible landmarkfor navigators for a long time. For soldiers it has been a fighting arena. Today You can see a partially restored trench line in Tornimae and a monument, establised to honor those who died fighting in the battles of Sinimae. You can learn about the history of Sinimae by visiting Vaivara museum of war-history nearby or travel along Vaivara historical path.Interesting to know: Sinimae is a quite unique relief in Estonia. Three conjunct hills located on a flat plateau are large clods that were teared from the edge of limestone bluff during the incursion of inland ice.
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rännumees
Tartu, Estonia32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
As our both fathers took part of the Sinimägede battle in 1944 me and my husband had high hopes for this museum to help to explain this time period to our youngest son. The museum though had little, almost no overview of the battle and circumstances - it was just a heap of excavated artefacts from the period with no further explanation of the background. We still have a huge work to do to acknowledge our history and previous heroes on both sides.
Written 28 June 2020
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jblynam
Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
For people in Western Europe, WWII is a clear black/white, good v evil war. In Eastern Europe however it was far more nuanced. Thousands of Estonians died fighting in German uniforms while thousands more died in Soviet uniforms. Both groups were fighting for Estonian independence. Both had been promised that by Nazi and Soviet leaders. Both empires lied. The USSR rewarded those Estonians who fought with them, with deportation and often death.
This museum captures that nuance (without any judgement) with hundreds a great artefacts from the key battle of Tannenburg in nearby Sinimae. I loved it and if you are interested in war history, this is for you.

The guy on the door (who might or might not be the main proprietor) is a bit odd though. He openly ranted about Germans, Finns, Russians, the EU. everyone ;-)
Written 4 August 2018
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726anu
Harju County, Estonia63 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Friends
The museum and its surrounding area is about the important battles during the II World War called battles at Sinimäed. The guide will share the stories of soldiers and fights so that you can really imagine being part of them. It is suggested to do the homework before and read a chapter in a history book to understand the wider context.
Written 15 April 2017
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Preben K
Stockholm, Sweden17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Solo
WWII - in Estonia. ! In 1944 fierce fighting took place between retreating german forces and the Red Army. App. 22000 germans troops ( among them both danish, norwegian and Swedish voluntiers) held off app. 135000 red army troops. Visit the little museum (which isn´t much) but climb the Grenadier Hill with remnants of the trenches and feel the presence of history.
Worth a detour!
Written 2 November 2014
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Jebir
Esbjerg38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
The museum itself may not seem like much. But the people who runs it is the REAL attraction. Very interested in their field, and knowledgeable. And very interested in talking about the history of the area and Estonia in general. Loved it.
Written 2 July 2014
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Erling G
Viimsi, Estonia35,101 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Friends
Both inside the museum and outside they have collected weapons, ammunition and parts from blown up tanks and helmets from Russian and German soldiers, but also the monument that was erected early on Barnhemshöjden (north of the museum) has been moved to a place outside the museum!
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Written 26 August 2023
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