....serves a new purpose today, housing the Estonian Art Museum's collection of works by foreign artists. There are some nice works here -but the real star is the palace itself. It's a really beautiful little building - well, little in terms of being a palace. The grace and proportion of the building is just about perfect. The central hall is a gorgeous space, decorated with stunning plasterwork on the ceiling and flooded with light - even in the middle of winter - from two tiers of windows. Fabulous ceramic stoves bearing the double -headed eagle of the Russian tsars stand in the corners and the paintings in the collection are shown to their best advantage in the elegant simplicity of the rooms.
The Maritime Museum (street: Pikk 70) focuses on the all-important sea-faring aspect of the Estonia’s history, displaying such things as Neolithic fishing gear, antique diving equipment, artefacts salvaged from old wrecks, and even the entire wheelhouse from a 1950’s-era trawler. The extensive museum covers four floors of the historic Fat Margaret’s cannon tower, but take the stairs to the roof for a picture-postcard view of the harbour and the Old Town.
Open: Wed-Sun 10.00-18.00
adult: 25 EEK
reduced rates (pupils, students, seniors): 10 EEK
with Tallinn Card: 0 EEK