Famous Museums in Tallinn

The museums in Tallinn give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Tallinn with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Tallinn. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Tallinn.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Tallinn.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Tallinn:

  1. Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

    4.7 (496 Votes)
    Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour

    Museum

    The Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour occupies one of the most popular Maritime museums in Europe. The museum itself takes shelter in a unique seaplane hangar with architectural structure of ‘Peter the Great Naval Fortress’ incorporated in the construction. The exhibits take the spotlight with 1930’s submarine Lembit, icebreaker Suur Toll that has a century’s history to its cr...Read more
  2. KGB Museum

    4.1 (718 Votes)
    KGB Museum

    Museum

    Taking you to the 1970’s during the Soviet Union where the Soviet citizens lived with chaste friendships and everyone being watched by the party. The environment juxtaposed to the outside world that was more liberal. The museum uses the setting of ‘Hotel Viru’ and was heavily under surveillance where guest and their conversation was tracked. No accidents and incidents above th...Read more
  3. Kiek In De Kok Museum

    4.5 (370 Votes)
    Kiek In De Kok Museum

    Museum

    Housed in a cannon tower, the Kiek in de Kok and Bastion Passages Museum offer a collection of the history of fortification in the city along with its defense strategies, weapons and stories of crimes and punishment. A walk in the hidden tunnels of the Bastion Passages that take you below the Toompea hill, is literally a walk in history. The cannons placed at the tower memorial is a must-see wh...Read more
  4. Estonian Open Air Museum

    4.6 (170 Votes)
    Estonian Open Air Museum

    Museum, Entertainment

    Reliving the historic times from 18th to 20th century, the Rocca Al Mare Open Air Museum is set on 14 farms that function according to the rural roots with its own school, church, mills, fire station, fishing sheds and homes. The museum offers hand made souvenirs, horse rides and even traditional Estonian food at the on-ground Inn. The place also offers traditional entertainment during special ...Read more
  5. Kumu

    4.6 (405 Votes)
    Kumu

    Art Museum

    The Kumu Art Museum is one of the largest museums in Northern Europe and has a permanent collection from the 18th century to the Second World War. The place has a rare collection of works of art by artists including Johann Koler, Konrad Magi and Kristjan Raud and trace the evolution of Estonian art through centuries. The Soviet inspired exhibits portray rebellion, need for justice and the grues...Read more
  6. Museum Of Occupations

    4.4 (278 Votes)
    Museum Of Occupations

    Museum, Exhibition

    The Estonian Museum of Occupations encompasses the time period between 1940 and 1991- forming a time frame of the city under the first Soviet occupation (1940-41), the German occupation (1941-44) and the second second Soviet occupation (1944-91). The museum pays tribute to the people who suffered during the time and shows historic facts, photos and artefacts that re-tell the story of the rebell...Read more
  7. Kadriorg Palace

    4.6 (275 Votes)
    Kadriorg Palace

    Art Museum, Garden, Architecture , Hall

    Built for Catherine I of Russia, the Kadriorg Palace dates back to the early 18th century and is loved for its Petrine Baroque architecture. The palace holds foreign art in the Kadriorg Art Museum but its charm is overwhelmingly seen from its exteriors as well. The Great Hall is the highlight of the palace with embellishments customized to incorporate Catharine’s name along with other add...Read more
  8. Raeapteek

    4.6 (33 Votes)
    Raeapteek

    Museum

    The Town Council's Aphothecary is the oldest running pharmacy in Europe, dating back to the 15th century. The first photos of the place can be traced to the late 19th century. The place run by the Burchart (Burchard) family who took care of the pharmacy for 10 generations! Throughout its history, the apothecary was famous for selling unusual things like earthworms, burnt bees, swallow’s n...Read more
  9. Estonian Maritime Museum

    4.4 (345 Votes)
    Estonian Maritime Museum

    Museum, History Museum, Historical Site

    Located in the Fat Margaret Tower in the old town of Tallinn, the Estonian Maritime Museum showcases the history of navigation and ships used in the country and is part of the Seaplane Harbour museum that has a fine collection of real ships and seaplanes used in war. The Fat Margaret Tower itself dates back to the 16th century and has a historic importance of its own. The view from the rooftop ...Read more
  10. Niguliste Museum

    4.5 (17 Votes)
    Niguliste Museum

    Museum

    Located in the St. Nicholas' Church, the Niguliste Museum is known for its exquisite art collection with medieval tombstones, a gorgeous alter, paintings, historic silver ware that belonged to the guild of Tallinn and a modern art collection of the church that completes the experience. If you love history and art, take a tour of the place to understand the stories of the historic art dating bac...Read more
  11. Estonian History Museum - Great Guild Hall

    Museum, Architecture , Hall

    Dating back to the early 15th century, the Great Guild Hall’s Gothic architecture was used for storing wine during the 18th century and as an arts venue during the 19th century. Today, it accommodates the Estonian History Museum that showcases artifacts and documents from the prehistoric times to the 20th century. Take a walk around the building and see the vast collection kept in the bui...Read more
  12. Tallinn City Museum

    4.4 (226 Votes)
    Tallinn City Museum

    Museum

    Estonia has quiet a few iconic stories to tell regarding its past and the Tallinn City Museum offers a peak into them from prehistoric times till the country won its Independence in 1991. The building itself is the prior home of a rich merchant while the collection consists of pictures, paintings, a model of old Tallinn, ceramics, artefacts, art and objects used by the people of Tallinn through...Read more
  13. Tallinn Legends

    4.5 (9 Votes)
    Tallinn Legends

    Specialty Museum

    The Tallinn Legends is a theatrical museum that offers a peak in the medieval period in Tallinn. The place re-lives the famous legends that are part of the city. Find out how to get a Philosopher’s stone, see the repercussions of plague in the city, meet a mermaid and see the criminal punishments performed live as you are taken through a historic ride! The sheer ambience makes the attract...Read more
  14. Kalev Marzipan Museum Room

    Museum, Cafe

    The Kalev Marzipan Factory Museum shows you how a medicine made during the medieval ages turned to be a popular candy world wide. The museum showcases cakes, cards and figurines made from Marzipan using historic tools. See how the candy was decorated with edible paint and leave with a bag full of them. The Cafe is open for bookings and you can stop by for a meal here even today. Do try the choc...Read more
  15. Eesti Tervishoiu Muuseum

    4.7 (4 Votes)
    Eesti Tervishoiu Muuseum

    Museum

    The Estonian Health Care Museum makes you look at your body and health in a whole different light with detailed exhibits on human anatomy, the history of medicine and tools used in health care and latest findings and technology that will can help us in the future. The interactive displays ditch the idea of boring explanations and gives you 3-D interpretation along with fascinating facts. If you...Read more