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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
One of the most versatile Estonian artists of the 20th century, Adamson-Eric (1902-1968), worked in a number of disciplines ranging from oil paints to furniture design.
Lühike jalg 3, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 5838
adamson-eric@ekm.ee
www.adamson-eric.ee
A. H. Tammsaare Museum

A. H. Tammsaare Museum

Literature
Anton Hansen-Tammsaare (1878-1940) is considered to be the greatest Estonian writer of the 20th century.
Koidula 12a, 10125 Tallinn
+372 601 3232
tammsaare@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/tammsaare

Balbiino Ice Cream Museum

Other
Viljandi maantee 26, Tallinn

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

Bank of Estonia museum

History
The museum is located in the first floor of the historic building that once housed the Estonian Nobility's Credit Union.
Estonia pst 11, 15095 Tallinn
+372 668 0760
muuseum@eestipank.ee
www.eestipank.ee/eesti-pank/eesti-panga-muuseum
Bastion Tunnels

Bastion Tunnels

History
Like any respectable Medieval town, Tallinn has its share of underground passageways, particularly the defensive tunnel systems built in the 1600s during the time of Swedish rule.
Komandandi tee 2
+372 644 6686
kok@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok/
Dominican Monastery Claustrum

Dominican Monastery Claustrum

History
The inner chambers of the Dominican Monastery once included three wings, together called the Claustrum, of which the east wing still remains.
Müürivahe 33, 10140 Tallinn
+372 511 2536
info@paideia.ee
www.claustrum.eu
Eduard Vilde Museum

Eduard Vilde Museum

Literature
One of Estonia’s principle writers, Eduard Vilde (1865-1933), spent his last years living on the ground floor of this baroque house in Kadriorg park. Several of the rooms are dedicated to displays on the writer’s work.
Roheline aas 3, 10150 Tallinn
+372 601 3181
vilde@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/vilde/
Energy Discovery Centre

Energy Discovery Centre

Natural Science
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

Other
The museum located at the oldest building in Tallinn, opened in 2010. The display boasts an international collection of dolls and hosts exhibitions and master classes.
Vene 12/1b Katariina käik, 10123 Tallinn
+372 525 0553
contact@estoniadolls.com
www.estoniadolls.com/
Estonian Film Museum

Estonian Film Museum

History
"Here We Are” pop-up museum exhibition was created by the Estonian History Museum in Maarjamäe Palace to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonian Film.
Pirita tee 56
+372 622 8600
post@ajaloomuuseum.ee
www.ajaloomuuseum.ee/en/exhibitions/open-exhibitions-/708-siin-me-oleme-eesti-filmi-esimene-sajand
Estonian Firefighting Museum

Estonian Firefighting Museum

History
Founded in 1973, the museum researches, preserves and exhibits historical materials associated with firefighting and the life and conditions of firefighters in Estonia 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, Other
This museum was set up to teach physiology and health to Tallinn’s schoolchildren, so naturally a visit here provides an interesting peek into the major organs of the human body. Models and interactive displays show kids how our vital systems ...
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
Housed in the 15th century Great Guild Hall, country's grandest history museum tells Estonia's story from prehistoric times to the present day.

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

Estonian History Museum - Maarjamäe Palace

History
Set in the lush surroundings of Pirita is the history museum that deals with birth, development occupation and second independence of the nation.


Pirita tee 56, 10127 Tallinn
+372 622 8600
post@ajaloomuuseum.ee
www.ajaloomuuseum.ee
Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

Nautical
Tallinn is first and foremost a port and this journey into the maritime past, housed in the legendary Fat Margaret cannon tower, is bound to be a great outing for all the family.
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
Housed in the old granary, the museum shows off the country’s most impressive works of applied art from the early 1900s to today.
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
The museum brings nature closer to city people and helps them discover the secrets of the flora and fauna.

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

Estonian Open Air Museum

History
Enjoy themed fairs, visit old farm houses and rustic churches and roam acres of forest as part of this trip into the past. 

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
In Soviet times it was rumoured that the KGB had files on everyone and that they operated in the Viru Hotel.
Viru väljak 4
+372 680 9300
viru.reservation@sok.fi
www.viru.ee/en/museum-hotel-viru-and-the-kgb

Jaani Seek

History
Väikese-Pääsukese 5, Tallinn
+372 615 5194
seek@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/jaaniseek/
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
This Baroque palace, built by Peter the Great is today home to the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia.
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
If you’ve got children, or you’re a child at heart, you can’t pass up a visit to the Children's Museum.
Kotzebue 16
+372 641 3491
laste@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/lastemuuseum
Kiek in de Kök

Kiek in de Kök

History
Take a peek into the kitchens from the battlements of this Medieval defensive tower or tour around the Bastion Tunnels (advance booking needed).
Komandandi tee 2, 10130 Tallinn
+372 644 6686
kok@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/kok
Kumu Art Museum

Kumu Art Museum

Art
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
+372 620 0550
info@lennusadam.eu
www.lennusadam.eu
Luscher & Matiesen Distillery - The Museum of Estonian Drinking Culture

Luscher & Matiesen Distillery - The Museum of Estonian Drinking 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/
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 2605
neitsitorn@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/neitsitorn/
Mikkel Museum

Mikkel Museum

Art
Anyone visiting the Kadriorg Palace should also consider dropping into the Mikkel Museum, one of Tallinn’s most impressive displays of foreign art.
A. Weizenbergi 28, 10127 Tallinn
+372 606 6400
kadriorg@ekm.ee
www.mikkelimuuseum.ee
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
Situated in the ancient seaside Village of Pringi in Viimsi, a 30-minute drive from central Tallinn, the museum is located in a cosy old schoolhouse. Here you’ll find something for the whole family, from permanent and changing exhibitions to a sea-themed playroom and a gift shop.
Nurme tee 3, Viimsi
+372 606 6941
info@rannarahvamuuseum.ee
www.rannarahvamuuseum.ee
Museum of Estonian Architecture

Museum of Estonian Architecture

Art
The Rotermann’s Salt Storage, one of the grandest limestone structures in the Rotermann district, is the ideal place for a museum dedicated to architecture.
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 Popular Front

Museum of the Popular Front

History
The museum located on Freedom Square, is dedicated to one of the most influential political organisation in the history of Estonia’s independence, it preserves and displays pieces that are important in understanding the course of the movement.   
Vabaduse väljak 9
+372 645 7219
rrmuuseum@tallinnlv.ee
Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Art
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
The museum, housed in Nõmme's railway station, tracks the history of Nõmme and provides insight into small town life through photos and numerous household items from the first four decades of the 20th century.
Jaama 18, 11615 Tallinn
+372 670 0202
nomme.muuseum@tallinnlv.ee
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
+372 504 6536
info@patarei.org
patarei.org/et/tegevused/vanglamuuseum/
Peter the Great's Cottage

Peter the Great's Cottage

History
One of great figures in World's history, Peter the Great, liked to mingle among the people and when he stayed in Tallinn he lived in this humble cottage.
Mäekalda 2
+372 601 3136
peetri@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/peetrimaja
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
This historical museum, which tell Estonia's story through the ages, is itself a part of history.


Vene 17, 10123 Tallinn
+372 615 5193
info@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/linnamuuseum
Tallinn's Russian Museum

Tallinn's Russian Museum

History
The museum researches and informs about Russian culture in Estonia by collecting, restoring and exhibiting the work of artists, musicians, scientists and other famous and historical names in the local Russian community.
Pikk tn 29A, 10143 Tallinn
+ 372 608 0016
info@vemu.ee
www.vemu.ee
Tallinn University of Technology Museum

Tallinn University of Technology Museum

Other
The museum of one of the top universities in the Baltics displays interactive exhibitions from its various departments. Other exhibitions include art and science themed presentations.
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
The Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum provides an overview of Estonia's military history and a contemporary display of the Estonian Defense Forces.
Mõisa tee 1, Viimsi, 74001 Viimsi
+372 621 7410
info@esm.ee
www.esm.ee/
Town Council Prison - Museum of Photography

Town Council Prison - Museum of Photography

History
Tallinn’s Museum of Photography traces the history of this art.
Raekoja 4
+372 644 8767
foto@linnamuuseum.ee
www.linnamuuseum.ee/fotomuuseum
Tramway Museum

Tramway Museum

Other
Museum presents photo materials and documents of trams lifeline in Tallinn over the 120 years. On display are old mechanisms and machinery, mementos, souvenirs and symbols.
Pärnu mnt 89, Tallinn
+372 5551 3524

Viimsi Open Air Museum

Viimsi Open Air Museum

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