Tallinn City Museum Linnamuuseum

Tallinn City Museum Linnamuuseum

Tallinn City Museum Linnamuuseum
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10:30 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:30 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
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Through interactive exhibits, stage shows, video and slide presentations, this museum traces Tallinn's history from the 13th century to the 1990s.
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  • Sonja M
    Hove, United Kingdom731 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little museum
    This small but very interesting museum gives an insight into how a guild house worked and the history of Hansa ports. There is a wonderful model of the old town on the ground floor. There are changing exhibitions as well. Staff are knowledgeable and keen to share their knowledge.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • GaryBrazel
    Brooklyn, New York1,144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good collection
    It is worth visiting as their collection is good and interesting. However some of the display explanations were not good. The porcelain collection in the basement had each item numbered but there was no label anywhere that told you about it so it lacked context. There was only a general label on the glass that was for all the items in that display case. In another area there were signs to read but half of them were so dimly lit as to make them unreadable.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Joseph P
    London, United Kingdom83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good collection, a bit random.and scattered
    Good for the price if you're in Old Town. The ground floor had a good history video, which gave a good insight into the period. 1st floor, good history but a bit scattered around, would have been better if it had more coherance. Cellar had a couple of interesting historical things combined with tonnes of random collections. 2nd floor, only handbags. 3rd floor, didn't go, 18+ and others suggest it's not worth it. All in all, a good museum for 2 floors, which is more than enough for the price. Stayed around 90 minutes
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 October 2023
  • jonathant621
    Norwich, United Kingdom182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good guide to Estonian History
    A fascinating museum detailing the life of Estonia with numerous exhibits. Im glad I went as I had no knowledge of the Estonian history but I have now!!Another one not to ignore if you are interested in culture and history. Not much for children however.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2024
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK4,349 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Three floors, nothing on second until they’ve finished the new display and the third floor is dedicated to prostitution and is deemed 18+. The video was the best thing about this museum.
Written 16 May 2024
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jonathant621
Norwich, UK182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A fascinating museum detailing the life of Estonia with numerous exhibits. Im glad I went as I had no knowledge of the Estonian history but I have now!!Another one not to ignore if you are interested in culture and history. Not much for children however.
Written 29 April 2024
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Joseph P
London, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Good for the price if you're in Old Town. The ground floor had a good history video, which gave a good insight into the period. 1st floor, good history but a bit scattered around, would have been better if it had more coherance. Cellar had a couple of interesting historical things combined with tonnes of random collections. 2nd floor, only handbags. 3rd floor, didn't go, 18+ and others suggest it's not worth it. All in all, a good museum for 2 floors, which is more than enough for the price. Stayed around 90 minutes
Written 30 October 2023
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GaryBrazel
Brooklyn, NY1,144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It is worth visiting as their collection is good and interesting. However some of the display explanations were not good. The porcelain collection in the basement had each item numbered but there was no label anywhere that told you about it so it lacked context. There was only a general label on the glass that was for all the items in that display case.
In another area there were signs to read but half of them were so dimly lit as to make them unreadable.
Written 26 September 2023
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Sonja M
Hove, UK731 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This small but very interesting museum gives an insight into how a guild house worked and the history of Hansa ports. There is a wonderful model of the old town on the ground floor. There are changing exhibitions as well. Staff are knowledgeable and keen to share their knowledge.
Written 9 July 2023
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VJ
Kokkola, Finland56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
A decent museum. I liked the basement exhibition the most (medieval armoury, muskets, guild related stuff).
Written 12 June 2023
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TheDumbuser
Dudelange, Luxembourg42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Decent and solid overview about the history of Tallinn with a focus more of the Hansa guild era. Staff friendly and competent. Recommend!
Written 12 February 2023
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Reslysten54
Vienna, VA2,351 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Entering the museum, we were treated to an unusually comprehensive introduction by one staff member.

From my perspective, the most interesting part of this quite diverse museum was the Hanseatic League period during which trade flourished in a vast network of some 100 cities commanding a fleet of around one thousand vessels. It was an engine of prosperity that left its marks all around the Baltic Sea and beyond. That section also had texts in English.

I was also impressed with the scale model showing Tallinn in 1825. It gives a great overview of the city.

But the exhibition about contemporary history from the 1960s - 1980s failed to engage as it is only in Estonian. The point is simple though: Finland provided an essential cultural influence, especially for young people, during the Soviet era.

The top floor was somewhat oddly devoted to the theme of history of prostitution, and marked with a "18+" sign. The displays were only in Estonian, but there was a booklet in English. The story will not surprise you: Prostitution has flourished through the ages, more or less hidden, and marred by blatant hypocrisy. Prostitutes have been shunned and punished, while secretly used by men of power and official stature.
Written 17 July 2022
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Founded in 1937 and currently housed in a 14th century medieval merchant’s house, Tallinn’s City museum has expanded over the years to encompass numerous outlying sites. Its main post, however, remains on Vene 17 and has undergone several refurbishments since its inception in 1963. The museum encompasses four floors and a basement level.

I visited here twice during my week in the country, partially because the collection was so vast but also because it was literally down the street from my hotel. A fifteen minute introductory movie greets visitors after entry with a model of the town in 1825 front and center. A quick trip downstairs reveals a number of displays containing ceramics (made by Estonians), tin, kitchenware, and copper/brass/bronze archeology. The first floor is really where the museum comes alive, with an appropriate focus on Tallinn’s medieval history and mercantile trading. A model cog ship and merchants home along with items from the guilds are adjacent to a room containing formal portraits of historical figures such as Catherine the Great. The second floor showcases a unique exhibit on the relationship between Finland and Estonia during the Cold War and how music played a role in the latter obtaining freedom. The third floor exhibit was on a history of prostitution in the city over the centuries. Total time on site was about three hours.

In summary, this was a decent overview of the city with two interesting exhibits to add to the main story found on the first two floors. It was overall a comprehensive experience and although the basement treasury seemed a little tedious the first two floors were very well done. While I had a small quibble with the absence of English signage on the second floor, I really give the curators credit for covering an important but rarely discussed (at least in the US) topic on the third floor. One can only imagine the pushback an American museum would get if they tried to cover such a “controversial” topic.

An overall worthy visit and worth a walk-through if you are in the area.
Written 29 May 2022
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advcards
Reno, NV4,140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Good representation of the city, lots of little artifacts and stories. A little hard to get it all translated into English. Overall this could be one year skip.
Written 30 April 2022
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