Estonian Maritime Museum
Estonian Maritime Museum
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This property is temporarily closed. Located in the cannon tower Fat Margaret, this four-story museum features more than 7,000 objects, 30,000 photographs and 15,000 documents all relating to Estonia's maritime history including ship building, navigation instruments, lighthouses, fishery and marine education.
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Jamie G
Andover, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Lots to look at and has a great deal of interactive stuff to do. We don't have kids but think it would be great for them. Everything was translated into 6 languages and it had a good view from the roof.
Written 1 February 2024
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MeganMunro
Toronto, Canada1,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A fascinating museum that is so well done.
We learned so much about the history of shipping and ship building.
I was worried it would be a little dry...but I was so wrong! I loved the flow and design of the museum itself and the exhibits were educational and interesting.
Written 4 December 2023
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KellyLS144
Nottingham, UK55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
There is so much to do here at the Maritime Museum. The highlight is definitely going on the submarine ‘The Lembit’! There are also ships outside of the museum on the dock which you can explore and go inside. This museum is perfect if you have children as there are loads of activities and games for them to play. The museum is very impressive and you can easily spend several hours here.

My reasoning for 4 out of 5 is because the museum lacks a narrative - it is quite random, for example 5000 year old boats next to Soviet mines? It would be better to have a story or some logical structure to the museum eg Estonian maritime through time.

However, an enjoyable experience for €15.
Written 3 August 2023
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Fussell
London, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Interesting and well presented displays with English translations. Take time to see it all. Especially the submarine. Tread carefully.
Written 18 February 2023
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Ilias_t_t
Athens, Greece189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Absolutely amazing! You have to visit it, even if you're not interested in ships. It's great for kids too.
Written 22 August 2022
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Jacky B
Southampton, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
lovely visit. did not like the audio commentary. loved learning about the Hanseatic League and trade routes.
The cafe on the roof was an extra bonus with great views of the city and sea.
Written 25 July 2022
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russm296
Haywards Heath, UK81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
On recommendation from a friend we decided to spend some time at this modern and very well presented maritime museum. Easy to get to on the 73 bus from the city centre and the bus stop is opposite so no drama on local transport. Entry was a reasonable €15 each and we spent an hour there but you could be longer. Well presented exhibits with good explanation in English and areas of interaction if you have kids. Entering the submarine to experience what it would be like was worth the visit alone. There was a cafe there but we didn’t use it.
Written 5 June 2022
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Initially organized by a group of sailors in 1935 and moved to its current location in 1981, the Estonian Maritime museum was renovated extensively in 2019. The organization operates a second branch at Seaplane Harbor (see separate review), with this location housed in the memorably named Fat Margaret tower. I visited on my first full day in the country, spending over three hours on site.

The location is essentially divided into four distinct areas, starting with a basement exhibition on the cog, an oft-used cargo ship from the 15th century. Digital displays and hard artifacts are present under an historic wreck of an actual ship that was painstakingly excavated in nearby waters. There is a separate digital exposition about the salvage of the wreck itself, along with many artifacts unearthed from the area. The next three levels of the tower provide comprehensive overviews of very distinct eras in the country’s maritime history based on method of propulsion: sail, steam, and motor. These are covered in ascending order with a perfect mixture of static and digital displays. Model ships from each era are juxtaposed next to personal recollections from actual sailors, oral historical reenactments of the same, and boundless artifacts relating to each era. Areas for children to learn seafaring history are found throughout as well, including a harbor with wooden cog ships and a display that allows them to load their own container ships. A rooftop platform allows expansive views across the city, Old Town, and harbor.

This was simply an all-around excellent experience and a foreshadowing of the country’s 21st century museum culture I saw in my week in the country. The museum was a perfect balance of being academic for adults but fun for kids. Additionally, it provided a faultless mixture of the technical and personal, dangling enough of each information in front of the visitor to entice repeat visits if you have an interest. The fact it's located in Fat Margaret was just icing on the cake. A superb experience and highly recommended.
Written 22 May 2022
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Darklov123
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Interesting renovated museum. Good multimedia solutions. Was worth visiting and probably would visit again.
Written 9 December 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
After a two-year renovation, the medieval Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret Tower were converted to a museum that was opened in November 2019.

This museum provides interestingly a detailed look at the sea-faring aspect of Estonia’s history. The extensive exhibition covers four floors of the historic tower.

You can also access the tower's rooftop for a panoramic view of the Tallinn harbor and Old Town.
Written 28 January 2020
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