Museums, Tallinn County
You find 17 museum coupons, mainly of Tallinn, at kupongiraamat.ee/eng. So it is easy to decide where to go.
My favourite was the Mine Museum in an old gunpowder warehouse next to the Estonia ferry monument, but I am planning to visit the submarine Lembit soon as well.
For a tourist and a local the KUMU art museum in Kadriorg is a must. With a coupon you get a 40 EEK (2.6 EUR) ticket (normal 75 EEK)!
Other museums are quite inexpensive as well, except for the Open Air Museum. The Dominican Museum could be interesting for those who come from the new world. My other personal favorite is the Occupation Museum down from the Dome Hill. It is a modern glass building and you don't have to read the text from the wall, but instead look at the old things and check the movies.
St. Nicholas's Museum-Concert Hall has three of the four most important Medieval works of art in Estonia in all of on display.
Thru the centuries the building was renovationed a number of times and now includes things like the late Gothic St. Anthony’s chapel and the Renaissance foyer.
St. Nicholas was the only church in Tallinn’s downtown which remained untouched by the destruction of icons by the Lutheran Reformation in 1523. History has it that a member of the congregation poured molten lead into the locks of the church so the raging hordes could not get in and destry anything.
Estonia has a turbulent history, having been occupied twice in the recent past - once, briefly, by the Nazis and then for 40 years by the Soviet Union. The country declared independence in 1991 after 4 years of brave and peaceful protest by the people. In fact, the country is still in the process of recovery from those years of Soviet rule.
The story is emotional and inspiring and it is told in gripping detail at this highly recommended museum. Just 10 EEKs (50p) or free with Tallinn Card (see 'General Tips')
The theatre and music museum of Tallinn was founded already in 1924. In permanent collection there are more than 500 instruments, including some rare findings.Unfortunately the museum is covered very minimally and texts are mostly in Estonian. I think you really have to be enthusiastic about music and theatre to get something out of this museum. Otherwise I recommend you to skip the museum. Admission fee is 20 kroons. The museum is open from Thursday to Sunday 10.00-18.00.
Kiek in de Kök (Peep into Kitchen) in one of the most magnificent Towers of Tallinn. It was built in the late 15 th century. Kiek in de Kök is about 50 metres high and its wall thickness is 4 metres. There are six floors in this tower. This tower used to be a defensive tower and the first floor was used as an ammunition storage. Next four floors were cannon floors with 27 places for cannons.
The tower was renovated in 1958-1965 and it serves nowadays as a museum devoted to the history of Tallinn fortifications, with all exhibits labelled in English. The museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance fee is 50 kroons.
Built inside a 14th century merchant's house, this museum is a must-do activity.
The displays are fascinating and are all clearly labelled in English language.
The museums takes us right up to the present day with an exhibition on the top floor covering the occupation and telling the fascinating story of Estonia's move to independence from the USSR.
We watched a video presentation about the 'Singing Revolution' and the 'Baltic Chain 'alongside some Estonian visitors who were literally weeping with emotion.
A wonderful experience.
I can not give justice to this museum. It was only recently opened (June 2003) and guides you through the occupation of Estonia from 1939 to 1991 when they got independence. The price of a ticket is so cheap, about 60cent. The museum has many interesting artifacts including old cars, radios and even a phone box! The cafe is also very good. The building is very interesting architectually, it has a sloping floor in the cafe part.
There are televisions that play videos on each time point in Estonia and there is an English language option. I'd highly recommend a visit to the musuem to really get an understanding of Estonian history.
One of the best museums I have ever visited. It tells the story of Estonia's occupation and struggle for independance! (1940 to 1991)
Its very modern, well presented and extremely informative. Full of soviet stuff from radios to magazines and also 2 cars. If you had enough coffee you could watch the videos all day long. Ask the friendly staff and you can also watch the movies in a small cinema.
And at 5Kroons (30cents) this is not to be missed.
Exhibiting the history of shipping and fishing in Estonia. The collection of ships is unique. The museum is housed in a cannon tower, Fat Margaret, which was built from 1510-31. You can also enjoy one of the best views of old town and the harbour from the tower roof. Fat Margaret was built to protect the side of the town near the see and make a memorable impression on visitors who journeyed into port.
Museum is newly reopened and gives a good information about Tallinn's history from the beginning of it's time until today ! The nuseum is housed in medieval merchants dwelling and already that You have to see.
Today the city prison (14th century) houses a compact exhibition on Estonian photography. The first camera arrived in Tallinn just one year after debuting in France and the art developed quickly. Don't miss the contemporary exhibitions and shop in Fotokelder Lee. Recently installed a new permanent exhibition, Jokes at a Fairground
One of the best-loved museums in Tallinn, the City Museum shows the city's historical developments from medieval times through the 20th century. After an extensive renovation, the museum reopens March 15.
New evidence shows that the first Estonians arrived here 11,000 years ago from the south, not 5000 years ago from the east. The museum's own scholars will show you the evidence for this, along with artefacts chronicling the earliest history of the Finno-Ugric tribes.
Housed in the Great Guild Hall, the museum's exhibitions cover Estonia's earliest history with text in Estonian, English and Russian. The building itself (built 1407 - 1410) is significant as the home of Tallinn's union of wealthy merchants.
When you're visiting Tallinn you must to go to the our museums. We have many different museums in the Old Town.
Old churches. We have like Catholic, so and Eastern Orthodox churches. They are greats.
The museums of health, nature, applied arts.
'Estonian maritime museum'
Visit the Maritime Museum in the medieval cannon tower known as Fat Margaret. Learn about the history of Estonian Shipping, fishing and naval affairs. Buy maritime souvenirs, original prints and publications. Enjoy one of the best views of old town and harbour from the tower roof.