Collections

Collections

The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom focuses on four main areas in its collection work: occupation, resistance, restoration, and freedom.

Digital collections

The modern museum is not only a set of buildings and artifacts – our museum objects can also be accessed via the internet. The digital collection is available here.

 

Almost every museum object in the database has a low-resolution image attached to it, which can be freely used for research and educational purposes. You must list the object number and credit the museum for the image.

 

Digital images of museum objects may not be used for commercial purposes, in printed media, or in souvenir production without the written permission of the museum.

 

We invite everyone to examine our digital collections. In our collection database, you will find items that help you understand how Estonian society has changed in the last hundred years, and you may even discover some interesting information about your ancestors!











Collection principles

The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom focuses on four main areas in its collection work: occupation, resistance, restoration, and freedom.

  • Occupation
Our collection is well-equipped with materials from the occupation period. Now, we focus on collecting items, documents, and memorabilia that highlight the peculiarities of the occupation. In the future, these objects will help explain the meaning of a “deficit” or an “under-the-counter commodity.”

  • Repressions and resistance
We will continue to collect materials connected to repressions and resistance. We are very interested in crafted items, documents (exemption certificates, letters to home), photos, and diaries made during deportations and in prison camps.

  • Recovery
We collect items, documents, and stories related to the revolutionary times of 1980–1990 – also known as the Singing Revolution – and those related to the restoration of independence. Feel free to share them with us.

  • Freedom
This collection theme includes the development of independent Estonia and the meaning of freedom in the minds of the people. What does freedom mean to you??

To receive a high-quality file of a museum object, or to inquire about the commercial use or rental of items, please contact the collection manager Kristjan Saharov via e-mail at kristjan@vabamu.ee or by phone +372 668 0250.
Collecting campaigns

The museum organises campaigns for the collection of items and stories. Follow us and share your story with us.
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