President of the Republic of Estonia Lennart Meri, 1999
Many of the monuments are of high quality artistically and deserve to be preserved, but nevertheless, for most of the people they speak of a dark period when the Republic of Estonia was under Russian occupation and recall events which are painful.
Maarjamäe Palace park offers a phenomenal opportunity to see discarded Soviet monuments that Estonian History Museum has gathered up for a few decades. The collection is the largest in Estonia consisting of 21 big statues created mostly by Estonian sculptors between 1945 and 1990 that are artistically installed in the park.
The exhibition is displayed on the area behind Maarjamäe Palace and forms one part of the museum’s new park.