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The Top Eight Museums in Estonia

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour │© /kallu / Flickr
Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour │© /kallu / Flickr
Estonia’s history has been influenced by many different cultures, including Vikings, the Balts, early Catholics, and Russians. There are plenty of different museums reveal every single detail of the country’s rich history. Read our guide to the top museums in Estonia.

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

This maritime museum, opened in 2012, is a must-see for every fan of submarines, ships, marine artillery, and seaplanes. The main attraction of this museum is 1936 submarine Lembit. The museum is located in an old seaplane harbour, so you’ll definitely feel as if you are visiting a real military base.

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, Vesilennuki 6, 10415 Tallinn

Tartu Art Museum

This museumis the best place in the country to see the works of the greatest modern and classic Estonian artists. Usually, two floors of the museum are dedicated to modern art and am exhibition of classic arts is placed on the third floor. For only €4, the visitors can enjoy and experience Estonian art, including some of rare exhibits from the Soviet Union.
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Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum

Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum is located close to Tallinn center, in a beautiful setting. surrounded by trees. This museum has 74 old buildings, which reflect the lives of Estonian villagers in the 18th-20th century. There is a church, a school, and many houses of people with different income, so you’ll be able to see the whole picture of how Estonians lived a couple of centuries ago.

Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum, Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, 13521 Tallinn

Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood

This small museum has an impressive collection of jewelry, badges, medals, and honours of many different old knighthoods. Some of the main exhibits include Order of the Garter, the Golden Fleece, Order of the Bath, and many different local Estonian orders. The museum also offers a guided tour, during which you can learn details about every item.
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Saaremaa Museum

Located in Kuressaare Bishop’s castle, Saaremaa Museum is a must-visit place while on Saaremaa’s island. You’ll be able to see exhibits from many different eras, visit an old cellar, walk in narrow passages, and relax in the park just outside of the castle.

Saaremaa Museum, Kuressaare, 93815

Estonian Museum of Occupations

Estonian Museum of Occupations is dedicated to the times when Estonia belonged to the Soviet Union and Nazis. You’ll be able to see many exhibits, which reflect the horrible times of war, exile, censorship, and repression. It is a must-visit place for every history buff as every exhibit is authentic and tells an important story.
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