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Kumu Art Museum | © Karen Bryan / Flickr
Kumu Art Museum | © Karen Bryan / Flickr

The Top 10 Museums in Tallinn, Estonia

Picture of Kasparas Asmonaitis
Updated: 26 July 2017

Any visitors to Tallinn should visit as many of the city’s greatest museums as possible, to understand the rich history of Estonia and get in touch with the local culture. Tallinn has changed a lot throughout the years, so every museum is authentic in its own way.

Niguliste Museum

Niguliste Museum is located in an old church from the 13th century, which has been renovated to serve as an art museum. It is the perfect place to get to know Estonian history and walk in one of the oldest churches in the country.

Niguliste Museum, Niguliste 3, 10146 Tallinn

Peter the Great House Museum

Peter the Great House Museum is the oldest museum in Tallinn, offering a brilliant collection of items which belonged to Peter I, the Russian Tsar, and his wife Catherine I. The couple stayed in this old manor in the early 18th century, making this site a historical heritage today.

Peter the Great House Museum, Mäekalda 2, 10127 Tallinn

Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum

Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum is the place to be if you are a military and war history fan. The most popular exhibit is the time train, which takes you through Tallinn’s most important events, dating from 1219 and taking you to into the future in 2219.

Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum, Komandandi tee 2, 10130 Tallinn

Marzipan Gallery

Marzipan Gallery really is what it sounds like. Everything inside is made from marzipan, including figures of famous people like Vladimir Putin. Entry is free and food and drink is available for purchase inside. It is one of the most authentic places in Tallinn and one of few museums in the world to utilize the confectionary in its craft.

Marzipan Gallery, Pikk 40, 10133 Tallinn

Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum

Experience the everyday lives of casual villagers of 18th century Estonia in this wonderful museum surrounded by woods. There are already over 70 buildings in this recreational village, so visitors can get to know how locals lived, what they ate and where they got their education.

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

Helios Hall

People who love art, particularly Impressionism, will definitely enjoy visiting this little museum in the heart of the Old Town. Admire the works of talented painters while listening to classical music and learning about Estonian culture in Helios Hall, one of the top places to visit while in Tallinn.

Helios Hall, Sauna 1-3, 10140 Tallinn

Seaplane Harbour

Located in an old aeroplane harbour, Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour is the place to see some of the most spectacular ships and submarines, including submarine Lembit, which Estonians used throughout the ages. It is a must-visit for every tech buff.

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, Vesilennuki 6, 10415 Tallinn

Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour │© /kallu / Flickr

Great Guild Hall

Great Guild Hall offers some of the most intrinsic details about Estonian history, including the political movement of freedom. The staff are extremely friendly and keen to help while everything is translated into English so visitors from all over can learn the history behind every exhibit.

Great Guild Hall, Pikk 17, 10123 Tallinn

Kumu Art Museum

Kumu Art Museum is located near the beautiful Kadriog Park and makes a brilliant day trip for anyone keen on the arts. Kumu Art Museum has the biggest collection of local Estonian’s paintings, including Gebhardt’s work. The collection of exhibits range from the 18th century to modern art. There is also a coffee shop inside with wonderful views of the park.

Kumu Art Museum, A. Weizenbergi 34, 10127 Tallinn