Temporary Exhibition

The Baltic Way

The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain was a peaceful demonstration that occurred on 23 August 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning 675,5 kilometers across the three Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

This political campaign of the Baltic peoples illustrated their aspirations for independence. It was devoted to condemning the secret agreements signed in1939 between Nazi-Germany and the Soviet Union (the infamous Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact) that divided Europe into spheres of interest and predetermined the Soviet occupations of the Baltic States in 1940. This massive peaceful demonstration drew the attention of the world.

The historical photographs and documents presented at the exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of the Baltic Chain provide an overview of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the freedom movement of the Baltic States in the 1980s and the important events since independence. The exhibition takes us back to this miraculous day and reminds us of its importance.

The exhibition is in English.

The exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Lithuanian State Archives. The exhibition was brought to Vabamu in cooperation with the Lithuanian Embassy in Estonia.