The best museums in Estonia in December 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Estonia, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Estonia? These are the best ones:

  1. Seaplane Harbour1

    Seaplane Harbour

    Lennusadam (Seaplane Harbour) is a maritime museum in the Estonian capital Tallinn. It is located in an old warehouse for seaplanes. It is managed by the Maritime Museum of Estonia. The museum is divided into three floors that all have a theme. The themes are: "in the air", "on the water" and "under
  2. Estonian Open Air Museum2

    Estonian Open Air Museum

    Estonian Open Air Museum (Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum) is an open-air museum in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. The museum exhibits buildings from all over Estonia from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The museum currently has 72 hectares of land and 74 buildings with the associated inventory and tools. T
  3. Kumu Kunstimuuseum3

    Kumu Kunstimuuseum

    The KUMU Kunstimuuseum is a museum for Estonian art in Tallinn that is housed in a building designed by the Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori. The museum shows Estonian art history from the 18th century to contemporary art. Division of the Kumu Kunstimuuseum include: classical Estonian art from the
  4. Kiek in de Kök & Bastion tunnels4

    Kiek in de Kök & Bastion tunnels

  5. Estonian History Museum5

    Estonian History Museum

    The Estonian Historical Museum (Eesti Ajaloomuuseum) is a museum in Tallinn dedicated to the history of Estonia that is housed in the Great Guild Hall in the Old Town. The collection started as a collection of Johann Burchard, the owner of the Council pharmacy, which he started in 1802. In 1842 the
  6. Museum of Occupations6

    Museum of Occupations

    The Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom is a museum in the Estonian capital Tallinn. The museum is dedicated to the period from 1940 to 1991 when the country was occupied by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The museum holds and exhibits a collection that illustrates Estonian occupation histor
  7. Kadriorg Art Museum7

    Kadriorg Art Museum

    The Kadriorg Art Museum, also known as Museum of Foreign Art, is an art museum in Tallinn that is housed in the Baroque Kadriorg Palace, in the Kadriorg Park. The museum is the only museum in Estonia devoted to foreign art and introduces, preserves and collects early foreign art – primarily western
  8. KGB Museum8

    KGB Museum

    The KGB Museum is a museum in Tallin and is a branch of Tartu City Museum (Tartu Linnamuuseumi). The KGB Museum is located in the so-called Hall House, which was home to the Department of State Security of the Estonian SSR in the 1960s. Visitors have access to the basement of the building, where the
  9. Tallinn City Museum9

    Tallinn City Museum

    The Tallinn City Museum (Tallinna Linnamuuseum) is a museum in the old town of the Estonian capital Tallinn. The main building of the Tallinn City Museum is located in a medieval building at Vene Street 17. The museum was founded in 1937 and holds and exhibits a collection of 150,000 objects that il
  10. Niguliste museum10

    Niguliste museum

    The Niguliste Museum is an open-air museum in the Old Town of Niguliste and is one of the branches of the Art Museum of Estonia. The Niguliste museum has the largest and most remarkable collection of older sacred art in Estonia. Bernt Notke's "Death Dance" is a highlight in the museum. The museum al
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    Tallinn Legends

    Tallinn Legends is a theatrical and interactive museum in Tallinn that recreates historical events and legends that have contributed to the folklore of medieval Tallinn. The journey take about forty minutes going into the Middle Ages and includes nine terrifying legends of medieval Tallinn performed
  12. Tallinn Zoo12

    Tallinn Zoo

    The Tallinn Zoo (Tallinna Loomaaed) is a zoo in the Estonian capital Tallinn. It is the only zoo in all of Estonia. It has the largest collection of wild goats and sheep in the world. The zoo specializes in goats and argalis. A special mountain setting has been set up for this called the Alpinarium.
  13. Estonian Maritime Museum13

    Estonian Maritime Museum

    The Maritime Museum of Estonia (Eesti Meremuuseum) is an organization in Estonia that manages various shipping museums in Tallinn. The Fat Margaret is located in a tower of the city wall. This is the main location of the museum that shows the maritime history of Estonia. Furthermore it includes the
  14. NUKU Theatre & Museum14

    NUKU Theatre & Museum

    NUKU is a puppet theater in the Estonian capital Tallinn. The theater was founded in 1952 by puppeteer Ferdinand Veike. In 2010, a museum opened in the same building that shows the history of Estonian puppet theater. The NUKU Theatre & Museum has a permanent exhibition called "The Story of Creating
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    KGB Prison Cells

  16. Maarjamäe Palace - Estonian History Museum16

    Maarjamäe Palace - Estonian History Museum

    The Maarjamäe Summer Palace Castle (Maarjamäe Palace) is a castle in Tallinn that houses an exhibition of the History Museum. The current castle was built by 1874 General Anatoly Orlov-Davydov. The most remarkable part of the castle is a gothic portal. The exhibition “My Free Country” in the Maarjam
  17. Photo Museum17

    Photo Museum

    The Museum of Photography (Photo Museum, Fotomuuseum) is a museum in Tallinn, founded in 1980 and housed in the Tallinn Raevangla, a former detention facility. The museum is a branch of Tallinn City Museum. Permanent exhibitions have been set up on both floors of Raevangla, which illustrate the hist
  18. Estonian Health Care Museum18

    Estonian Health Care Museum

    The Estonian Health Care Museum (Eesti Tervishoiu Muuseum) is a museum in Tallinn that has a permanent exhibition that illustrates human anatomy and physiology through models, real organs and many other exhibits. The museum collects and exhibits, among other things, the materials of Estonian medical
  19. Museum of Estonian Architecture19

    Museum of Estonian Architecture

    The Museum of Estonian Architecture (Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum) is a museum of architecture in Tallinn that is housed in the Rotermann Salt Storage. The collections of the Museum of Estonian Architecture are categorized into archive, photo, model, furniture and art collections.
  20. Tallinn Art Hall20

    Tallinn Art Hall

    The Tallinn Art Hall (Tallinna Kunstihoone) is an art gallery in Tallinn that was built in 1934 by Edgar Johan Kuusik. The Tallinn Art Hall is mostly known for its exhibitions of modern art, held in the gallery itself as well as other locations.

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