Estonian War Museum

Estonian War Museum, Viimsi

Estonian War Museum
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The Estonian national war museum was restored on 1 March 2001 under the official name of Laidoner Museum. The expositions in the museum provide an overview of the Estonian War of Independence and it is also possible to see the exhibition “Estonia and the Cold War” there. Through the text, picture, sound and video material you can see all the most important events of the Cold War. While visiting the exhibition, you will become a part of the exhibition – you can record your name and the time of your visit on the Berlin Wall or put your knowledge to the test in a quiz-questionnaire.Interesting to know:- The end of the Cold War meant the restoration of independence for Eastern European countries, incl. Estonia.
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iidaelina
33 contributions
Family vacation
Jul 2020 • Family
Very nice and historic place. Place keeper was friendly and well-knowing. Cafe was small and biriliant.
Written 25 July 2020
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Christin H
Koege, Denmark109 contributions
An excellent museum with helpful staff
Sep 2019 • Couples
We read about this museum in Tallinn in Your Pocket: the description sounded very interesting, so we took the bus trip to Viimsi. The exhibition is extensive, well-displayed with detailed texts in Estonian, Russian and English. It would have been useful to have a few chairs in the exhibition areas, so that it was possible to sit and read the accompanying texts. There was some audio-visual material: a Russian film showing the arrival of Soviet troops in 1939. The lady in charge kindly drew a map, showing us how to find the heavy artllery exhibition, which is located elsewhere in the town.
Written 16 October 2019
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Yaniliini
Finland97 contributions
Interesting history of Estonia
Jul 2019 • Family
Museum covers quite well the history of Estonian wars. Of course, it is mostly concentrating to the First and Second World Wars. You can see the most used guns during the wars, videos how the wars were going on and pics about post war time.
Written 30 July 2019
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Vaarikabets
Tallinn, Estonia19 contributions
General Laidoner Museum
Jan 2018 • Couples
Very educational museum on a unique location! The staff was very friendly and the museum is child friendly.
For people interested in the history of Estonia, focused on the different wars which led to Estonia nowadays, this museum is a must see.
Lots of info is displayed on interesting information boards (EN, EE). This combined with a nice collection of artefacts really makes the 30 min trip from Tallinn a must do!
Written 7 January 2018
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gregoryjarosch50
Vilnius, Lithuania203 contributions
Manor House, Museum, Military Legacy.
Jul 2017 • Solo
The Laidoner Manor House is located about 25 minutes by bus (No 1A) from the central underground bus terminal in Tallinn and set in a quiet lush green country estate setting, befitting a summer residence for a high official. Its well worth while contemplating how well the Manor House fits the bill of a summer residence and how serene the setting is for what became a military museum and even active Soviet signals command base.

The Manor House is architecturally quite attractive and one can sense the serenity and class status the Manor must have conveyed when used as a summer residence by General Laidoner, a one time Commander in Chief of the Estonian military. The manor House was also used by the Soviets as a signals command post during the Cold War. General Laidoner died in Soviet captivity in 1953 and his remains have never been located, not an uncommon occurrence for captives who were taken into Russia and the wider Soviet Union.

For about 10 Euro entrance fee, between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm Wednesday to Sunday, one can wander the various rooms and two floors of the Manor House and quietly contemplate the various exhibits and relatively complex, difficult and extremely challenging options to attain and maintain independence before, during and after the 20th century. There is another hall located about 300 meters walking distance from the Laidoner Manor House Military Museum, which houses various heavy military hardware tanks and artillery - German, Russian, and more recently U.S. used by the Estonian military over the past 100 years or more, under Estonian, German and Russian command.

Guided tours are available in Estonian, English, German, Swedish, Russian, Polish and like most museums one's visit should not be rushed to gain maximum benefit.

Military history like politics is never simple and the complexity of living as an Estonian in Estonia, over the past couple of centuries was if not tenuous at times, never dull, and the Baltic region was always the "melting pot", the "border zone", the "demarcation line". A walk through the Manor House museum brings this forth, and exhibits like the partisan bunker, brings home how resourceful, resilient and responsive one needed to be living in such a bountiful and sought after land in turbulent times.

General Laidoner's study at the Manor House is simple yet elegant and a glimpse into the past when custom, tradition and faith were held in high esteem. The story and history of the Laidoner family is reflected in the Laidoner Military Museum. In some respects the Laidoner Military Museum reflects the sacrifices that the nation of Estonia as a whole has had to make over centuries and particularly over the past 100 years to maintain relatively brief periods of real independence.

The Manor staff are more than happy to answer questions such as the use of the Manor facilities during the Cold War, aspects of exhibits history.

One should take the time to walk the immediate grounds around the Manor House and take in the views and maybe stop at an adjoining cafe and sit and sip beverages while contemplating the hive of activity the Manor House must have been before and during the Cold War.

Greg Jarosch
Written 6 November 2017
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Giuseppe B
Tallinn, Estonia9 contributions
Interesting history
Sep 2017 • Couples
Nice museum about estonian war and military history, nice reception, well restored, outside nice garden
Written 18 October 2017
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TrusM
Tallinn, Estonia177 contributions
Collection of weapons
Aug 2017 • Solo
This is a free entrance museum named after General Laidoner, but the show is about the wars Estonia participated in. There's a lot to read in the museum. Actually pretty boring, but I liked the collection of weapons.
Written 9 October 2017
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Aaron D
Stuttgart, Germany1 contribution
Very good museum - don't miss the separate artillery display
Aug 2017 • Solo
The museum is very interesting and well done, covering Estonian military history. It is free and also comprises a separate location (300m by foot from the main building) holding artillery pieces and a few vehicles. You can enter a soviet BMP and a German StuG III (formerly used by Finland), which I found quite unique. The place can be reached by public transport, bus 1A.
Written 11 September 2017
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johncatworth
Ketton, UK155 contributions
Good introduction to Estonian history
May 2017 • Couples
A small but interesting collection detailing Estonian military history. Exhibits all have Estonian, English and Russian translations. Good overview of both their War for Independence and World War 2, where Estonians served in the Soviet, Finnish, and German armies. Don't miss the vehicle warehouse which is about 300 meters down the road from the main museum. It contains a nice collection (many donated from Finland) including several fairly rare German pieces like 88mm guns and a STuG 3 assault gun...the vehicles are labelled but fairly minimal explanation; the best part is they let you climb on and in them! Also don't miss the sauna in a shipping container brought back from Afghanistan.
Written 29 May 2017
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Eneli G
Tallinn, Estonia41 contributions
I loved it!
Mar 2015 • Family
Although I live almost next to the museum it took me years and years to finally go and look inside :) The receptionist was a bit tired, i guess because it was the end of the day already but overall I loved it! I loved reading the letters that soldiers sent to their loved ones and loved to look out of General Laidoners office window! A great historic place!!
Written 19 March 2015
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