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Information about national and thematic museums in Estonia

Here is information about museums in Estonia - what is in their collection, where are they and when are they opened.

Estonian History Museum

The collections of the History Museum starts from the 1842 when the Estonian Literary Society started to collect items for the museum. By 1844 the structure of the collections had been established. Collection contains antiquities (records and documents, relics, seals, coins), art objects, nature collection.

The Soviets changed the Provincial Museum into the ESSR History. They Revolution the Museum in 1940. Collections of the War, Police and some other museums in Estonia were incorporated.

At present there are over 281 000 items being preserved in the museum.

The structure of the collections is: archaeology, ethnography, photos and negatives, history of culture, glass and porcelain, art, furniture, numismatics, weapons, publications, foreign ethnography and textiles.

Opening Hours

Exhibitions in the Great Guild Hall (Pikk 17) open on all days except on Wednesday and public holidays from 11 am – 6 pm.Free admission: every last Saturday of the month and on International Museum day on 18 May.


Estonian History Museum
Pikk 17, 10123 Tallinn
Phone +372 6411630

The Museum Of Estonian Architecture

Its exhibition halls and archives are placed in Rotermann’s Salt Storage. The Museum has spacious exhibition hall of 484 m2 and two galleries of 161 m2 above it. The basement is also used for exhibitions and art events. Rottermann's Salt Storage is a magnificent industrial building near Tallinn harbour.

The Museum Of Estonian Architecture - Museums in Estonia

Rotermann’s Salt Storage is one of the most influential renovated industrial buildings in the center of Tallinn. It is situated near harbour on a walking distance from the Viru square.

The collection of the museum contains maps of towns and other settlements, architectural drawings and projects, textual materials, models, papers on architecture, town building, reflecting the formation and development of Estonian professional architecture through the 20th century to the present day. The number of items in the collection is over 8,500.

Opening Hours

(19 May – 30 Sep)
Wed-Fri 12 am - 8 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am - 6 pm
(1 Oct – 18 May)
Wed-Sun 11 am - 6 pm


The Museum of Estonian Architecture
Arts centre
Ahtri 2, Tallinn 10151
tel. +372 625 7000
info +372 625 7007
fax +372 625 7003
e-mail:[email protected]

Estonian Literary Museum

The Estonian Literary Museum is a national scientific and research institution administered by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. Its task is to collect, preserve, study, and display the national cultural heritage of Estonia.

The history of the ELM began in the 1909, when the Estonian National Museum and the Archival Library as its subdivision were founded. The other archives of the Estonian National Museum were also created as subdivisions of the Estonian National Museum first: thus, the year 1921 saw the birth of the Estonian Bibliography Foundation, 1927 that of the Estonian Folklore Archives, and 1929 the Estonian Cultural History Archives.

According to its charter, the Estonian National Museum is the central archive of Estonian literature and folklore. It consists of the following departments: The Archival Library (including The Bibliography Department); The Estonian Folklore Archives; The Estonian Cultural History Archives; The Department of Ethnomusicology; The Department of Folklore

Opening Hours

M-T 9-17F 9-16.30


Vanemuise Str. 42
51003 Tartu, Estonia
Phone: +372 7377 700
Fax: +372 7377 706

Art Museum of Estonia (KUMU)

Art Museum of Estonia was founded on November 1919, but it was in the 1921 that it got its first permanent building – the Kadriorg Palace, built in the 18th century. Art Museum on Estonia is the biggest of museums in Estonia.

There are five active branches of the Art Museum of Estonia: Kadriorg Art Museum (Kadriorg Palace and Mikkel Museum), Niguliste Museum, Adamson-Eric Museum, Kristjan Raud House Museum and Kumu Art Museum (the new main building of the Art Museum of Estonia).

Art Museum of Estonia - Museums in Estonia

The collection consists of 55 823 titles:- the permanent exhibition of classics of Estonian art (II World War), the permanent exhibition of Estonian art from 1945-1991 and contemporary art at Kumu Art Museum; - ecclesiastical Medieval and Baroque art from the period between 13th –18th century, craft corporations, Brotherhood of the Black Heads and churches at Niguliste Museum;- European and Russian art from the 16th –20th century in the Kadriorg Palace and a valuable collection of the 16th –20th c art from Western Europe, donated to the museum by Johannes Mikkel, at Mikkel Museum – at Kadriorg Art Museum;- Art of Adamson-Eric1902–1968, one of the most outstanding Estonian painters of the 20th century, at Adamson-Eric Museum;- national romanticism of an Estonian artist of the first generation. Kristjan Raud (1865–1943), at Kristjan Raud House Museum located in Nõmme.


Art Museum of Estonia
Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
Phone +372 602 6001
Fax +372 602 6002

Estonian National Museum

- Estonian National Museum - Museums in Estonia

Founded in Tartu in 1909, the Estonian National Museum was dedicated to the memory of Jakob Hurt - the greatest Estonian collectors of folklore. The museum was to be so authoritative and comprehensive an institution that it could simply have been called the Estonian Museum (much like the British Museum, the Russian Museum).

- Estonian National Museum - Museums in Estonia

The Estonian National Museum has over a million artefacts, which have been collected during the last one hundred years. Objects, drawings, photographs, films and archival items make it possible to study and absorb very different areas from the past until today / to reasearch the life enviroment of human begins and to explore their world of thought. The collections comprise items about the Estonian and Finno-Ugric cultures. The professional library contains more than 30 000 printed materials, and also the researches on ethnology by the students of Tartu University throughout time.


Veski 32, Tartu
Phone +372 7350 400

Opening hours

The exhibitions, museum shop and café (J. Kuperjanovi. 9) are open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Library and archives (Veski tn 32) are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Collections of items (Veski tn 32) are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Estonian Railway Museum in Haapsalu

Estonian Railway Museum in Haapsalu - Museums in Estonia

Admission Fees

Adults – 25 EEK (Estonian crowns)
University students – 20 EEK
Children 7-18 – 10 EEK
Family ticket (normally 2 adults plus 2 children) – 50 EEK

Opening Hours

The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, admission only by advance arrangement for a double fare. If you wish to visit us on closed-doors days, you will need to contact us at least 3-7 days prior to your visit.


Haapsalu raudteejaam
Raudtee 2, 90504 Haapsalu
Tel. 473 4574

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum was founded in 1924 to preserve the collected materials of an Estonian composer Peeter Süda. P. Süda's (1883- 1920) valuable collections of folksongs, notes and specialized library are the cornerstones of today's Estonian Theatre and Music Museum.

The permanent exhibition of the musical instruments, catches the attention with a variety of different folk-, home-organs, brass- and string-instruments. Visitors can use the help of a professional guide to enjoy our exhibitions more. The theatre department offers a theatrical lecture for schools and drama-clubs.


Müürivahe 12
10146 Tallinn
Phone: (372) 644 6407, (372) 644 2132

Opening hours

Wed. - Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 17:30 p.m.
Mon. - Tue. Closed

Archives (theatre, music), Library: Tue. - Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m.
Sat. - Mon. Closed

Anton Hansen Tammsaare Memorial Museum

Museum is situated in a summer-cottage-type house in Kadriorg Tallinn, formerly a suburb. The Estonian literary classic Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878-1940) lived in this apartment in 1932-1940 and also died here.

Anton Hansen Tammsaare Memorial Museum - Museums in Estonia


A.H.Tammsaare Museum
12 A, Koidula Street
Tallinn 10 150, Estonia
phone: 6013232

Anton Hansen Tammsaare Memorial Museum - Museums in Estonia


We-Mo 10.00 - 17.00
Tue - closed

Museum of Hiiumaa

The head office of the Hiiumaa Museum has been based in Kärdla since 1998, located in the building known as Long House. Long House (Pikk Maja) was built in the 1830s as a residence for the directors of the Hiiu-Kärdla textile factory. It was from then home to several generations of the Ungern-Sternberg and Peltzer families. During the period of Soviet occupation, different establishments and offices used the building.

Museum of Hiiumaa - Museums in Estonia

The Museum science and exhibition centre has a permanent exhibition, about life in Kärdla during the period of the woolen factory and also has temporary exhibitions. In addition to the exhibitions, concerts and salon evenings take place in the building’s main hall.


Vabriku väljak 8
92411 Kärdla
Hiiumaa Estonia
tel.: +372 46 32 091

Opening hours

M-Sat 10-17

The Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum

On the second floor the original office of the Commander-in-Chief, General Laidoner, has been restored.On the first floor of the Estonian War Museum the visitor is welcomed to have a quick glance at the various medals and orders Estonian servicemen.

The Estonian War Museum started a new project in the fall of 2005 - Estonians in the US Armed Forces. Our subject of interest is the men and women who after the end of World War II started their service in the US Armed Forces.

The Estonian War Museum was officially founded on 1919 by the order of the Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian armed forces, General Johan Laidoner. It was time of fierce battles of the Estonian War of Independence as just a few days before Tartu had been liberated and the future of the Estonia Republic was by far not sure.


Mõisa tee 1, EE-74001 Viimsi, ESTONIA
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +372 6217 410

Opening hours

Wed – Sat 11 am – 5 pm (from January 16, 2008)

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