Welcome to the birthplace of the Soviet Union!
The Lenin Museum in Tampere, Finland, is now open after a complete renewal. Many might ask why there is a Lenin Museum in the European Union in the 2010s – but the Finnish Lenin Museum has a unique story. The Museum was established in 1946 at the birthplace of the Soviet Union. This is where Lenin and Stalin met for the first time, in a secret meeting of the Bolsheviks in December 1905. They started planning a revolution which later changed world history and also made it possible for Finland to become independent. In the very same rooms now locates the Lenin Museum, the only Lenin Museum left outside Russia.
The new Lenin Museum tells about the shared past of Finland and the Soviet Union in a touching and memorable way. The old Lenin Museum was dedicated to Lenin, presenting both him and the Soviet Union in a nostalgic, positive way. The new exhibition is more critical and it is based on the latest research of Soviet history. The new museum is both serious and entertaining at the same time. A Soviet joke jukebox will make everyone laugh and startling wax figures of Stalin and Lenin offer a memorable spot for selfie pictures. A scale model of Stalin’s gulag camp reminds of the years of terror and horror and the fate of dissidents in the past and present Russia is not forgotten either.
The relationship between Finland and the Soviet Union varied from bloody wars to friendly coexistence. The new Lenin Museum takes you on a journey through the chaotic 20th century – all the way from revolutions to the Second World War and from the Cold War to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In the museum you will find the desk which Lenin used when finishing his revolutionary writings and you can sit on a sofa in a Soviet living room. A Suomi submachine-gun and a war prisoner’s bag pack are just a few examples of the various interesting objects in the exhibition representing the complicated history of the two neighbouring countries.
The museum is also up-to-date in technical sense. There is a wide range of multimedia material in touchscreen monitors including articles and biographies. The new Lenin Museum is stunning in many ways and it tells about the rise and fall of the Soviet Union without embellishment satisfying even the most critical viewer.
The exhibition will make you laugh and cry in a way that good drama does.