Niguliste Museum

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Niguliste Museum
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Founded in the first half of the 13th century, this church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, remained active as a place of worship until World War II and reopened in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Art Museum of Estonia.
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PBTravelstheWorld
Woodinville, WA397 contributions
Dance of Death painting makes this a world class museum!!!!!
Sep 2019
Petite museum that shows medieval art. The large "Dance of Death" painting along the back wall is the best of it's kind in the world and is beautifully presented. It is a reminder that we are all mortal and death comes for us all wether we are a King, Pope, or tradesman. Though not a large collection it has some very nice pieces and a side room presents some of this church's and other Estonian churches Treasury items. This is worth the effort to find and visit! Staff was very nice and helpful, small gift shop and restrooms.
Written 21 August 2020
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Jouni E
Turku, Finland34 contributions
Compact museum with some very interesting objects
Jul 2020
Niguliste Church is not one of the art museums where you need hours or even days. But this quite compact museum has an exhibition with some of the most beautiful works of medieval art in all Europe. Estonia might sound quite marginal place, but here we are in very heart of European culture, thanks to Hanseatic league, Teutonic order etc.
Written 30 July 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,549 contributions
Wonderful Medieval Art in Huge Church
Aug 2019
Really wonderful old church which is huge inside, and has so many interesting and intricate works of medieval art, including the "Dance of Death". I was lucky to come when they happened to be having a music recital so enjoyed the background music during my visit. I was in Tallinn on a 9-hour stopover on a Norwegian Getaway 9-day Baltic Cruise in August 2019. Rick Steves "Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports" Guidebook was a great help and this church was part of the self-guided "Tallinn Walk" in the book.
Written 18 April 2020
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Don L
Chilliwack, Canada312 contributions
Completely satisfactory
Aug 2019
Very interesting medieval church in Tallinn's old city. Lots of old religious art to look at. Well worth the visit.
Written 5 March 2020
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Scottloves2golf
Heber City, UT328 contributions
Visit during an organ demonstration
Feb 2020
What a beautiful building. We went to visit during an organ demonstration and it was absolutely wonderful. I must to in Tallinn
Written 15 February 2020
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mummi505
Tallinn, Estonia149 contributions
Niguliste church- museum A CHURCH DEVOTED TO SANTA CLAUS
Dec 2019
St Nicholas was also a protector of seamen. Niguliste(the Estonian version of Nicholas) church was built in the 13th century, rebuilt many times. Almost fully destroyed by Russian bombs in 1944.Fortunately at least some treasures were hidden already in 1943.
The church has been restored and now works as a museum and concert hall. There are some famous threasures like the long painting "Death of Dance" by Notke's studio from Lübeck There is 500 years old seven-armed candelabrum,also from Lübeck, with Virgin Mary on top. Until Apr.2020 there is a special exhibition devoted to Virgin Mary. Among many treasures one can admire the High Altar of Niguliste church,also from the 15th C. Silver treasures are in the special room. There are permanently many statues , paintings and coats of arms.
From time to time there are concerts. It the only church in Tallinn working as a museum.
Written 19 December 2019
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,451 contributions
Fascinating folding screens
Nov 2019
St Nicholas church – the oldest church in Tallinn's old city is now a (tiny) museum housing ecclesiastical art, mostly from the 1500s and 1600s.

The building itself is not particularly notable. In any case, it's been added to repeatedly over the years, so it's a melange of different styles from different periods - which is quite interesting in itself.

Inside there are three fascinating altar pieces, with folding screens, complete with explanations about their details. The focus (at least when I was there; it could be temporary) was on the place of the Virgin Mary in Catholic thought.

Seven surviving metres of the original 50-metre wide Danse Macabre painting by Bernt Notke (1435-1509) can also be seen, but it is placed in a position of poor light.

In one of the side rooms/chapels, silverware from the Guild of Black Heads are on display.

Unfortunately it was not possible to climb its tower.

The church/museum is only a stone's throw from the tourist information office, smack in the middle of the old town. Entry was 6 euros, but free with the Tallinn Card.
Written 23 November 2019
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Frantisek Ruzha
Prague, Czech Republic426 contributions
museum in the church
Oct 2019
There is a Niguliste Museum in the Church of St.Nicholas. The church with the museum is located in a nice place surrounded by nature, about 50 m from Tallinn-info.
Written 15 October 2019
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Fiona L
Shrewsbury, UK74 contributions
Small collection of some impressive medieval art in restored Church building
Oct 2019 • Couples
If you really want the whole medieval experience in Tallinn find a little time to visit here. There are a couple of exquisitely carved altar pieces about 500 years old. One has the carvings covered by the painted panels being in their closed position but an interactive panel shows the carvings and info about restoration work. The large panel of painting showing some of the Dance of Death is from about 600 years ago, only a fraction of what would have been the original whole, and is the only existing such painting on canvas.
Written 11 October 2019
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Tony N
London, England, United Kingdom109 contributions
Not really a museum...
Sep 2019
... but a fascinating church (not sure whether it's still consecrated). There are two outstanding works of art, the altarpiece (look at the nearby displays for the hidden details revealed by infra-red photography, like the emperor's chamber pot) and the Danse Macabre. If you go on Saturday or Sunday there is the bonus of an organ recital at 4pm. And then you can have a beer in Porgu (right opposite the church).
Written 10 October 2019
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