Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom Opening Marathon

July 14, 2018
Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom
Grand opening

Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom celebrated the opening of its new permanent exhibition with a museum marathon on 14th of July 2018.

After the completion of its six-month-long renovation, the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom opened its doors to city dwellers with a 15-hour museum marathon. The museum remained open from 9 in the morning until midnight. The first ticket to the new permanent exhibition “Freedom Without Borders” was sold by Minister of Culture Indrek Saar. Also working at the ticket office during the day were artist Kaido Ole, poets Doris Kareva and Eda Ahi, actor and instructor Anu Lamp, historian David Vseviov, CEO of Shiftworks Helen Sildna, and others. In the museum yard, musical performances representing the sounds and attitudes of different eras were given by J.M.K.E, Regatt, Silver Sepp and meisterjaan. Music from Estonia as well as the Estonian diaspora from different eras and styles played at the event was chosen by Janek Murd, Annie Rist and Erik Morna.

The new permanent exhibition depicts the journey from occupations to freedom and comprises five parts.

During the opening marathon, guided tours, a performance of “How to boil a potato”, and workshops for children also took place. Those interested could also take part in an interactive orientation game and get to know the hidden history of our Old Town.

The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom is the largest active non-profit museum in Estonia. In 1998, the Kistler-Ritso Foundation was founded in Washington, USA with the aim to collect documents and memories from Estonia’s recent history. At the same time, the Kistler-Ritso Estonian Foundation was founded in Estonia, with the aim to establish a museum in Tallinn reflecting Estonia’s recent history.

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