Tallinn Car Museum
Tallinn has a long and interesting history. All the different powers and nationalities ever been in contact with the city, have given their part and left their prints into its history. One can get a good overview of different times and periods in Tallinn’s history thanks to several interesting museums like the Tallinn City Museum or Children’s Museum. But there has been a gap in one of the very important areas of history throughout times – the cars. Although the period of cars in our history goes back only 117 years since the first car arrived in Tallinn. But these 117 years have seriously influenced our lives and today we cannot even imagine a life without a car.
It’s a pity that there are few pre- Second World War cars in Estonia left. A large amount of them were destroyed during the war and many that were left were sold out of the country. Throughout 1950 to 1970 several interesting exotic cars were brought to Estonia. These were the luxury cars that earlier were used by the German generals and during the war remained in the USSR. These cars were later used by red generals who got tired of the cars that had no spare parts and needed repairing and maintenance.
We are sorry to say that most of these unic „troffee cars“ have been taken to the large world from Estonia. We have lived times when an old car was traded for a used refrigerator from Finland.
The exhibition of the Tallinn Car Museum can be devided in two parts: intersting models with a long history from different countries and producers plus the so-called nostalgy cars. The latter are the cars used through the soviet times. Our people felt very close to these cars and in many cases the cars were treated as family members. Appearantly in every Estonian family a father, grandfather or some close relative has been using one of these cars. The period of nostalgy cars deals with the years 1946 to 1991.
So we decided to open a car museum in Tallinn. The museum opens its doors in summer 2013. The location of the museum is Paldiski Road 135a, next to the Tallinn Zoo, Rocca-al-Mare shopping center and close to the Tallinn Open Air Museum. The museum is easy to find (see the map) for everybody. Throughout the first year the exhibition will be open in a temporary show room, but hopefully will get a stationary building in the coming years.