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04.02.2013

Tallinn is chock full of museums ranging from the standard, high-quality history and art variety to curious museums specialising in old-fashioned dolls, antique cameras, musical instruments and even sea mines. If you're a true museum buff, you should consider buying a Tallinn Card, which will give you free entrance to most of the city's museums. Note that many museums in Estonia are closed on Mondays and/or Tuesdays...

 
 
   
Adamson-Eric Museum

Adamson-Eric Museum

Art & Design
The vibrant works of Adamson-Eric, one of the most versatile Estonian artists of the 20th century, live on in this curious museum.
Lühike jalg 3, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 5835
adamson-eric@ekm.ee
www.adamson-eric.ee
A. H. Tammsaare Museum

A. H. Tammsaare Museum

Literature
The life and work of Estonia's best-loved writer, Anton Hansen-Tammsaare, are chronicled here in his restored, 1930s home.
Koidula 12a, 10125 Tallinn
+372 601 3232
tammsaare@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/tammsaare
Balbiino Ice Cream Museum

Balbiino Ice Cream Museum

Natural Science & Technology, Other
Viljandi maantee 26, Tallinn

info@balbiino.ee
www.balbiino.ee/huvitavat/jaatisemuuseum/
Bank of Estonia museum

Bank of Estonia museum

History
It's all about the money – and the finance – at the Estonian central bank's museum.
Estonia pst 11, 15095 Tallinn
+372 668 0760
muuseum@eestipank.ee
muuseum.eestipank.ee
Bastion Tunnels

Bastion Tunnels

History
Tour the 1670s-era military tunnels that run beneath Toompea to learn their fascinating history and view Tallinn from below.
Komandandi tee 2
+372 644 6686
kok@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok
Eduard Vilde Museum

Eduard Vilde Museum

Literature
This museum dedicated to Eduard Vilde (1865-1933), one of Estonia’s principle writers, makes its home in his 1850s-era villa.
Roheline aas 3, 10150 Tallinn
+372 601 3181
vilde@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/vilde
Energy Discovery Centre

Energy Discovery Centre

Natural Science & Technology
The science-themed museum is  home to over 130 new interactive “hands-on” science exhibits.
Põhja pst 29, 10415 Tallinn
+372 620 9020
info@energiakeskus.ee
www.energiakeskus.ee
Estonian Art Doll House

Estonian Art Doll House

Other
This little museum located in the oldest building in Tallinn boasts an international collection of dolls.
Vene 12/1b Katariina käik, 10123 Tallinn
+372 525 0553

Estonian Firefighting Museum

Estonian Firefighting Museum

History
Learn all about the history of firefighting in Estonia by viewing artefacts from as far back as the 17th and 18th centuries.
Raua 2
+372 5302 8404
muuseum@rescue.ee
www.tuletorjemuuseum.ee
Estonian Health Care Museum

Estonian Health Care Museum

Museums, Natural Science & Technology, Other
The Estonian Health Care Museum’s permanent exhibition, entitled ‘About your body, openly and honestly’ spans two medieval buildings in Tallinn’s Old Town.
Lai 30, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 1886
info@tervishoiumuuseum.ee
www.tervishoiumuuseum.ee
Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

History
Films and hands-on displays at this extensive museum show how Estonian-dwellers lived, fought and survived through 11,000 years.

Pikk 17, 10123 Tallinn
+372 696 8690
post@ajaloomuuseum.ee
www.ajaloomuuseum.ee
Estonian History Museum - Maarjamäe Palace

Estonian History Museum - Maarjamäe Palace

History
Focusing on the Republic of Estonia, this museum highlights the nation's birth and 20th-century struggles for freedom.


Pirita tee 56, 10127 Tallinn
+372 696 8600
post@ajaloomuuseum.ee
www.ajaloomuuseum.ee
Estonian History Museum - Maarjamäe Stable

Estonian History Museum - Maarjamäe Stable

History
The stable of the Maarjamäe Palace museum complex hosts 'Castles and Pawns', an exhibit on the 1940s Nazi occupation of Estonia.
Pirita tee 56, 10127
+372 696 8660
post@ajaloomuuseum.ee
www.ajaloomuuseum.ee
Estonian Jewish Museum

Estonian Jewish Museum

History
Karu 16, Tallinn
+372 551 7613
museum@jewish.ee
eja.pri.ee
Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

Nautical
This museum dedicated to all sea-faring aspects of Estonia’s history is housed in one of Tallinn's fattest cannon towers.
Pikk 70, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 1408
info@meremuuseum.ee
www.meremuuseum.ee
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design

Art & Design
The country’s most impressive works of applied art from the early 1900s to today can be seen here in Old Town's former granary.
Lai 17, 10133 Tallinn
+372 627 4600
info@etdm.ee
www.etdm.ee
Estonian Museum of Natural History

Estonian Museum of Natural History

Natural Science & Technology
This museum offers a fascinating look at the creatures and habitats of Estonia, as well as wildlife from around the world.

Lai 29a, 10133 Tallinn
+372 641 1739
muuseum@loodusmuuseum.ee
www.loodusmuuseum.ee
Estonian Open Air Museum

Estonian Open Air Museum

History
Travel back to the rural Estonia of old in this vast, living museum filled with recreated, 18-20th-century villages.

Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, 13521 Tallinn
+372 654 9100
info@evm.ee
www.evm.ee
Estonian Theatre and Music Museum

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum

History
You don’t have to have an ear for Bach to appreciate the curiosities on display in the Theatre and Music Museum.
Müürivahe 12, 10146 Tallinn
+372 644 6407
info@tmm.ee
www.tmm.ee
Hotel Viru & KGB Museum

Hotel Viru & KGB Museum

History
Those intrigued by the city's secret history can take the guided tour of the KGB Museum on the 23rd floor of Sokos Hotel Viru.
Viru väljak 4
+372 680 9300
viru.reservation@sok.fi
www.viru.ee/en/museum-hotel-viru-and-the-kgb
Kadriorg Children's Museum Miiamilla

Kadriorg Children's Museum Miiamilla

Other
This elegant boutique museum taylored for children is set in the palatial beauty of Kadriorg suburbs.
L. Koidula 21c
+372 601 7057
mm@linnamuuseum.ee
linnamuuseum.ee/miiamilla
Kadriorg Palace - Kadriorg Art Museum

Kadriorg Palace - Kadriorg Art Museum

Art & Design
This grand, baroque palace built for Peter the Great in 1718 now houses the Art Museum of Estonia's foreign collection.
A. Weizenbergi 37, 10127 Tallinn
+372 606 6400
kadriorg@ekm.ee
www.kadriorumuuseum.ee
Kalamaja Children's Museum Miiamilla

Kalamaja Children's Museum Miiamilla

Other
This little museum is home to all sorts of dolls, teddy bears and other toys, from folk dolls to Teletubbies.
Kotzebue 16
+372 641 3491
laste@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/lastemuuseum
Kiek in de Kök

Kiek in de Kök

History
This massive, 38m-high cannon tower houses an extensive museum of the town's fortifications, weapons and medieval-era life.
Komandandi tee 2, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 6686
kok@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok
Kumu Art Museum

Kumu Art Museum

Art & Design
A must-see for culture creatures, Kumu, the main building of Art Museum of Estonia, serves both as Estonia's national gallery and as a centre for contemporary art.
A. Weizenbergi 34, 10127 Tallinn
+372 602 6000
kumu.info@ekm.ee
www.kumu.ee
Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour)

Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour)

Nautical
Region's biggest sea centre and maritime museum in architectually unique seaplane hangars boast life size submarine and replica seaplane.   
Vesilennuki 6, 10415 Tallinn
+372 6200 545
booking@lennusadam.eu
www.lennusadam.eu
Maiden's Tower

Maiden's Tower

History
This square, three-storey Town Wall tower next to the Danish King's Garden dates to the 14th century. 
Lühike jalg 9a, Tallinn
+372 601 2751
neitsitorn@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/neitsitorn/
Mikkel Museum

Mikkel Museum

Art & Design
Mikkel's impressive foreign art collection covers antique Chinese porcelain, Flemish and Dutch paintings and Italian engravings.
A. Weizenbergi 28, 10127 Tallinn
+372 601 5844
kadriorg@ekm.ee
www.mikkelimuuseum.ee/et/
Museum for Puppet Arts NUKU

Museum for Puppet Arts NUKU

Other
The Museum for Puppet Arts is an interactive display showcasing the magic and the artistry of puppetry.


Lai 1, 10133 Tallinn
+372 667 9555
kassa@nuku.ee
www.nuku.ee
Museum of Coastal Folk

Museum of Coastal Folk

History
The unique history and culture of Estonia's coastal dwellers comes to life in a cosy old schoolhouse on the Viimsi peninsula.
Nurme tee 3, Viimsi
+372 606 6941
info@rannarahvamuuseum.ee
www.rannarahvamuuseum.ee
Museum of Estonian Architecture

Museum of Estonian Architecture

Art & Design
Estonian architecture through the ages is fittingly presented in a grand, limestone structure in the Rotermann district.
Ahtri 2, 10151 Tallinn
+372 625 7000
info@arhitektuurimuuseum.ee
www.arhitektuurimuuseum.ee
Museum of Occupations

Museum of Occupations

History
This modern museum is the first in the nation dedicated to the 1940 - 1991 time period, during which Estonia was occupied briefly by the Germans, and for a longer time by the Soviet Union.
Toompea 8, 10142 Tallinn
+372 668 0250
muuseum@okupatsioon.ee
www.okupatsioon.ee
Museum of the Estonian drink culture

Museum of the Estonian drink culture

History, Other
The Luscher & Matiesen Distillery, located on the view-platform edge of Toompea hill, was the nation's leading winery in the 1930s and has now made a comeback. 
Toom-Rüütli 10, Tallinn
+372 5691 2910
info@matiesen.ee
www.luschermatiesen.com
Museum of the Popular Front

Museum of the Popular Front

History
This museum on Freedom Square is dedicated a political organisation that was key to Estonia’s regaining its independence in 1991.
Vabaduse väljak 9
+372 645 7219
rrmuuseum@tallinnlv.ee
www.tallinn.ee/rrmuuseum
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Art & Design
Saints, dancing skeletons and silver – not to mention the occasional organ concert – are the main attractions at this imposing, 13th-century church.
Niguliste 3, 10146 Tallinn
+372 631 4330
niguliste@ekm.ee
www.nigulistemuuseum.ee
Nõmme Museum

Nõmme Museum

History
This museum in Nõmme's railway station tracks the history of the district and provides insight into small town life of days past.
Jaama 18, 11615 Tallinn
+372 670 0202

www.tallinn.ee/Nomme-Muuseum-2
Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress

History
Sea fortress Patarei (Battery) is a unique architectural monument that served many years as a prison (open during summer season only). 
Kalaranna 2
+372 55046 536
info@patarei.org
patarei.org/et/tegevused/vanglamuuseum
Peter the Great's Cottage

Peter the Great's Cottage

History
Before Kadriorg Palace was complete, the Russian tsar stayed in this humble, 17th century cottage, now restored to fit his era.
Mäekalda 2
+372 601 3136
peetri@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/peetrimaja
St. John's Аlmshouse Museum

St. John's Аlmshouse Museum

History
15.05-15.07.2015
See skeletons and other fascinating artefacts excavated from this 13th-century almshouse and cemetery.
Väikese-Pääsukese 5, Tallinn
+372 615 5194
seek@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/jaaniseek/
Tallinn Botanic Garden

Tallinn Botanic Garden

Natural Science & Technology
Botanical garden near Pirita district is the best place in Tallinn to stop and smell the flowers.
Kloostrimetsa tee 52, 11913 Tallinn
+372 606 2666
aed@botaanikaaed.ee
www.botaanikaaed.ee
Tallinn Car Museum

Tallinn Car Museum

Other
Tallinn Car Museum exhibits 40 historical vehicles, with the earliest exhibit dating back to 1931.
Paldiski mnt 135a, Tallinn
+372 514 1444
info@automuuseum.ee
www.automuuseum.ee
Tallinn City Museum

Tallinn City Museum

History
Housed in a 14th century merchant house, this comprehensive museum provides an excellent introduction to Tallinn’s history.


Vene 17, 10123 Tallinn
+372 615 5180
info@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/linnamuuseum
Tallinn's Russian Museum

Tallinn's Russian Museum

History
The unique history and art of Estonia's ethnic Russian community is brought to light in this venerable, Old Town building.
Pikk 29a, 10143 Tallinn
+ 372 608 0016
info@vemu.ee
www.vemu.ee
Tallinn Zoo

Tallinn Zoo

Natural Science & Technology
The Zoo is most famous for it's collection of goats and sheep, but it also has domestic pets for children to pet in a mini zoo.


Paldiski mnt 145, 13522 Tallinn
+372 694 3300
zoo@tallinnzoo.ee
www.tallinnzoo.ee
Tallinn University of Technology Museum

Tallinn University of Technology Museum

Natural Science & Technology
Akadeemia tee 1, 12618 Tallinn
+372 620 3438
muuseum@ttu.ee
www.ttu.ee/asutused/muuseum
The Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum

The Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum

History
Drop in to get an overview of Estonia's military history as well as the present-day activities of the Estonian Defense Forces.
Mõisa tee 1, 74001 Viimsi
+372 621 7410
info@esm.ee
www.esm.ee
Town Council Prison - Museum of Photography

Town Council Prison - Museum of Photography

History
Antique cameras, old photos and even a re-created early 20th-century darkroom can be viewed in the Town Council’s former prison.
Raekoja 4
+372 644 8767
foto@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum
Viimsi Open Air Museum

Viimsi Open Air Museum

History
Set right by the sea, this assembly of old farm buildings gives an excellent overview of 1920s fishing village life.
Rohuneeme tee 51, 74011 Viimsi vald, Harjumaa
+372 606 6952
info@rannarahvamuuseum.ee
www.rannarahvamuuseum.ee/muuseumid/vabaohumuuseum
 
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