The Estonian History Museum is one of the oldest and most important memory institutions in Estonia. On February 2014 it will mark its 150 anniversary. The forerunner of the History Museum was the Estonian Provincial Museum that was set up by Baltic-German intellectuals in 1864. Today the History Museum, one of the country’s biggest state museums, carries out the important role of interpretation of Estonia’s past. The aim of the museum is to study, preserve and mediate materials connected with Estonia’s political history, particularly the period of independent Estonia. The charm in the History Museum lies in its collections, in the people as well as in its buildings. Born in the 19th century its collections are some of the most exciting and multi-layered in Estonia, filled with rare and different objects that about past times. The magnificent medieval buildings - the Great Guild House in the Old City and the historicist summer estate complex at Maarjamäe add dignity to the museum and are important historical sites and are important memorials themselves. Discover the story of history! The museum has been doing it already for 150 years.