Peter the Great House Museum

Peter the Great House Museum

Peter the Great House Museum
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10:00 - 19:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 19:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Peter the Great's house is the oldest museum in Tallinn. It exhibits a unique collection of genuine objects that surrounded Peter I and Catherine I of Russia during their day-to-day life in Estonia. The couple had stayed in this house several times since 1714. The manor house from the 17th century was purchased by Peter the Great from a widow of a town alderman. Russian Tsar also bought neighboring estates, sum of which reached all together 100 hectares. On that land in 1718 the Tsar initiated laying out the palace and park ensemble that was named Katharinenthal (Kadriorg) in honor of his wife Catherine I. The purchase of the house was closely linked to the events of the Great Northern War (1700-1721) and Peter the Great's preparation for the naval campaign against Sweden which ended with the victory of Russian navy in the Battle of Gangut (Hanko) in 1714. The house is located on a hill with views of the sea and the city. As a result, the Tsar was able to track the movement of Swedish ships that quite often approached the city. The house also provided much-needed privacy to the Tsar's wife, who continued travelling with Peter I despite being pregnant in 1714. A small garden was found next to the house. The garden was used to grow flowers and herbs. After the death of Peter the Great the house was not used by the royal family. Following an order from Alexander I in 1804 the house was renovated and opened as a museum in 1806. In 1941 the house became a branch of the Tallinn City Museum.
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Lidia H
1 contribution
Mar 2023
Such a little interesting museum. All furniture being original makes it even more worth seeing. I was surprised very positively visiting it yesterday.
Written 17 March 2023
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2013CTB
Atlanta, GA210 contributions
Jun 2022
Interesting little museum. Well worth the time to tour. e sure and catch the short video in the basement. The entire museum is only anout4-5 rooms, but you get some great insights about an important figure in history.
Written 19 June 2022
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TeamFinfamily
Helsinki, Finland98 contributions
Jul 2020
This place is worth going to - it’s very small so not exhausting at all. I would recommend buying a joint ticket with some other museum (e.g. Kadriorg Palace), which makes it even less expensive. The lovely staff deserves extra credit for friendliness and guidance!
Written 6 July 2020
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sandralee2017
Winnipeg, Manitoba7 contributions
Oct 2018
Peter's cottage was part of our tour and we only saw the outside. Our guide shared many details about it along with the history of park, The interior of it was not open for tourist so that was disappointing. I am sure we would have enjoyed seeing it.
Written 25 September 2019
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Aheyward
Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
Sep 2019
We came to see Kadriorg Palace on a Monday, not realising that it is closed on Mondays. Never mind we enjoyed the external views and the gorgeous parks and gardens. Then we discovered this little cottage. It seems bigger on the inside than is suggested by the outside. It is furnished with original furniture and artworks which together with the short video provides a fascinating and tangible sense of history. We walked in the same places as Peter the Great and his wife Catherine and looked out the same windows. The original portraits were amazing. We were the only visitors at the time. Although the Palace was closed the little cafe underneath the palace was open and had lovely pastries and cakes. We caught the bus from Tallinn to Kadriorg, stopped here and then caught a bus on to Maarjamae Palace, which was open.
Written 25 September 2019
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Helen W
Hawera, New Zealand201 contributions
Jun 2019
We visited Kadriorg Park to escape from the hordes of tourists in the old town and stumbled upon what remains an enduring memory of Tallinn. Having experienced the grandeur of the Peter's palaces in St Petersburg a few days before, it was wonderful to see how humbly Peter the great chose to live in Tallinn. This small house museum gives a different glimpse of Peter's life. It is recommended that one first watches the excellent video presentation in the basement to set the scene before wandering freely around the other rooms. This museum is not to be missed.
Written 9 September 2019
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Zane Z
Riga, Latvia258 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Free with Tallinn card. Museum is small but worth it. Peter the I really lived here and you can see old historic furniture as well. Very nice ladies working in the museum.
Written 8 September 2019
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,084 contributions
Aug 2019
I actually enjoyed viewing this house better than seeing the palace! The girl at the guestwas most engaging and helpful. The museum has been wonderfully furnished in the manner in which it would have been in Peter the Great’s time. I thought the short film in the downstairs room was helpful at explaining the history of the house. A must see with the excellent Tallinn Card.
Written 8 August 2019
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YO_LOOK_AT_ME
San Antonio, TX2,910 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
While en route to the KUMA, I noticed this museum off to the left. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was curious nevertheless. The staff were very friendly, talkative and helpful. The history of the house, its purpose, etc., was of interest along with the artwork on the walls, etc.
Written 4 August 2019
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Madelein
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Aug 2019 • Solo
What a lovely surprise at the end of the park:)
great history and best customer service in Tallinn!
Thanks for the nice introduction and atmosphere
Written 2 August 2019
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Peter the Great House Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Mon - Tue 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 - 19:00
  • Thu - Sat 10:00 - 18:00