The grand exhibition “A will to be free. 90 Years of the Republic of Estonia”, an extensive presentation of the history of the Republic of Estonia, was opened on the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, 24 February 2008 at Maarjamäe Palace. Permanent exhibition on the second floor of Maarjamäe Palace presented an overview of the history of Estonia from 1917 to the revolutionary events in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The exhibition was divided into four themes that represent different levels of the will for sovereignty: Power and Government, The Power of the Mind, Fighting and Resistance, and The Good Life. In addition to the wealth of photographic material there are also unique objects and historical artefacts on display. Rare footage, audiovisual programmes and interactive details were presented.