The Estonian War Museum (EWM) was founded in 1919. After almost half-a-century-long occupation the museum was restored in 2001 as a state museum under the administration of the Ministry of Defence. Today, EWM serves as the leading military history research centre and museum, offering an overview of Estonia’s military history and recording the present-day history of the Estonian Defence Forces.
Viimsi, 4 November – The director of the Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum changed today. The new director of the museum is Hellar Lill. Former director Kristjan Luts will carry on as a member of the museum’s advisory committee and focus on academic work.
Lill says his main goal as director is to develop the activities of the museum in terms of both increasing visitor numbers and recording the history of war.
“The Estonian War Museum has developed into a good museum of war history,” he said. “The challenge it faces is to take its activities beyond the museum building, address a variety of audiences and offer a diverse experience of history.”