Must See Museums in Tallinn, Estonia

Kumu-art-museum Located within walking distance or a short bus or tram ride from Unique Hotel’s three Tallinn properties – Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn, The von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn and City Hotel Tallinn – are many of the capital’s most fascinating museums. Each vividly brings to life different aspects of Tallinn’s thousand-year history, fascinating legends and cultural treasures.

1. Tallinn City Museum

Learn about the fascinating history of Tallinn at the City Museum, a perfect starting place. On display are many historical artefacts chronicling the history of the city, right up to its independence from Russia in the 1990s.

2. Kadriorg Art Museum

Located in the magisterial Kadriorg Palace, this museum is home to the Estonian collection of foreign art and features a selection of outstanding paintings dating from the 16th to the 20th century. The magnificent baroque palace is itself as much as work of art, and certainly draws in the tourists.


Kadriorg art museum

3. KUMU Art Museum

European Museum of the Year in 2008, the KUMU Art Museum hosts both temporary and permanent collections of art, ranging from Estonian classics dating back to the 18th century through to more contemporary pieces. A highlight of the museum is a fascinating exhibition that tells of how art became represented in Soviet-ruled Estonia.

4. Museum of Photography

The Museum of Photography is housed with a 15th-century former prison, giving it plenty of character form an architectural point of view alone. The images exhibited chronicle the development of photography in Estonia from the 1840s through to the Second World War. The museum features several rare items, including ferrotypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.


Kumu art museum

5. Immerse yourself in history

There’s no reason why you should stop taking in Tallinn’s history once you’ve left the museum. Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn was built in 1953, at the same time as the nearby National Library, and is named after Estonia’s foremost literary genius, Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald. The von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn by comparison is considerably older, dating back to 1874.


Have we missed a museum of our list? If so then please tell us about it by leaving a comment below!


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