Estonian National Museum
Estonian National Museum
4.5
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Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
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In Estonia’s biggest museum there’s more than ever before, and indeed more than anywhere else: more space, more stories, more information and more events. All of this provides new answers to the questions: Who are Estonians? Why are they the way they are? What do they do? What do they think? How do they express themselves? What do they look like? The museum’s exhibitions are underpinned by cutting-edge science and technology, but are all about creating mood and stirring emotions. Echo of the Urals, named Best Permanent Exhibition in Estonia 2016, introduces the culture of Estonians and the other Finno-Ugric peoples of Northern Eurasia. Encounters details the daily lives of Estonians, from the Ice Age to today. Audiovisual elements bring the exhibits to life with song and movement, while electronic information placards change languages with the touch of a keycard. This medley of history, design, art, technology and entertainment creates an engaging place for children and adults alike.
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Rexonaut
Brussels, Belgium711 contributions
We went to see 2 art exhibitions there, but took a time to look also on the main exhibition. Very interactive, but not so easy discover. Found several interesting things, I did not know. As it included also some more modern times, got some nostalgic memories.
Don't miss the lunch in the cafeteria. One of the best lunches in Tartu. Impressive menu.
Written 31 July 2022
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Normunds
Riga, Latvia14 contributions
A great museum to let you understand Estonian people: beliefs, history, traditions. There is a bit of everything and the museum is very technically advanced.
Written 30 July 2022
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LeepES
4 contributions
Must see when in Estonia. Fantastic exhibits. The museum covers early Estonian history through modern times (chair of Skype founder in there).
Written 10 July 2022
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Mingalaba11
Hertfordshire170 contributions
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This is an outstanding museum in every way. Internationally I would rank it with the Ethnological Museum in Mexico City and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Inside the dramatic building, the story of Estonia, its culture, language and history are told with vivid images, perfect illumination and friendly technology. For example the sophisticated development of the Estonian language and its relationship to Finnish and Hungarian is illustrated with symbols and examples a ten year-old could follow. They have the original Estonian flag which had been hidden in Soviet times as an illegal object. Some exhibits are very moving. For example a pair of jeans which cost two months’s salary but incentivised a girl to attend college leading to an education that resulted in her eventually working as a researcher at this museum. As with many museums, the shop had some unique and attractive items. We bought books, jewellery and cards. We had allowed two hours and wish we had allocated the whole day. Our guide, Eiiu was inspirational with her knowledge, enthusiasm and impressive English vocabulary to communicate the power of the museum.
Written 19 June 2022
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midway42
Georgia2,975 contributions
Like many of the museums in the country, the National Museum has gone through many permutations in its century-old existence, ending up at its current location in 2016. The latter is quite significant, as it was constructed at the end of a previously secret Soviet bomber base in a building that is literally a piece of art unto itself. After reading about the museum’s accolades in the third article in as many guide books, I decided to make a day-trip to Tartu. I was not disappointed.

A taxi was necessary from the train station, but the museum is well known and commonly visited so this was not a problem. My first impression of the complex was mostly its strength but also a slight weakness: it’s absolutely huge. The museum can be roughly divided into three main areas: the main exhibit “Encounters,” smaller topical rooms adjacent to this, and a permanent exhibit on the ground floor entitled “Echo of the Urals.” “Encounters” was presented in reverse chronologic order but I started at the end by the second entrance and continued in a linear fashion through presentations of seal hunting, medieval times, industrialization, the independent state, and technological advances, among others. The presentations were unique and universally memorable, with my electronic ticket automatically changing the descriptions into English. The smaller topical rooms adjacent to the main exhibit were a logical next venture with subjects such as food, language, rural life, and the relationship between people and the state expertly and creatively covered. My final hour was spent exploring (literally) the Finno-Urgic exhibition on the ground floor with what seemed half of the middle school population of Tartu. Total time on site was about four hours with lunch at an excellent cafe.

This museum was without question one of the most impressive I have ever seen, with perhaps Singapore’s National Museum only approaching the creativity, depth, and breadth of this one. The electronic ticket was a marvel and a first for this reviewer; I was even able to access the information I saw in the museum when I got home using a unique identifying website on the pass. As I mentioned above the museum’s size is an overall strength and small weakness, as there was simply too much to digest on a single visit. “Echo of the Urals” was a bit difficult to appreciate due to the crowds, and seemed a bit more superficial than the other exhibits but was still worth a walk-through. This museum definitely demands a day-trip from Tallinn and maybe even an overnight stay for a repeat visit for those with the interest; it truly needs to be experienced to be appreciated.

Simply superb.
Written 30 May 2022
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Ann P
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine238 contributions
A large interactive museum with many exhibits. From today with a chair on which Skype was written until ancient times and burials. Impressed by the CAT for seabed exploration made in Tartu, carpets and runic songs. everything is selected and made with love. It is better to plan an afternoon at the museum and take short breaks, because there is a lot of information. It will be difficult with small children.
The hall of the Finno-Ugric group needs special attention - it is concise and atmospheric. A beautiful museum, when there is time, it is desirable to pay attention.
Written 19 May 2022
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Nihon Zarkia
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A museum with lots of impressive stories told by contemporary design and maximum use of technology about the past of the Finno-Ugric population where I received e-features everywhere, from the entrance till the end. A modern building with the presentation of objects is associated with world-class technology. I liked the way I learned a lot about Estonian history and culture through various digital components. Highly recommended for all!
Written 23 April 2022
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Karet Luik
Tartu, Estonia2 contributions
A great museum that is definitely worth a visit. I visited the museum with friends and we had a lot of fun to discover. Many different exhibits and a great contemporary architecture that catches the eye.

We spent three hours in the museum and also visited the restaurant "Pööriöö", where the food was very tasty.

It is worth planning at least 3-5 hours and be sure to visit the restaurant. :)

And also, did you know that the Estonian National Museum is the largest museum in Estonia? It doesnt get boring here and there are activities for both adults and kids.
Written 28 March 2022
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Tereza N
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What a wonderful experience! Such a big variety of topics and different exhibits, in Estonian, English and Russian. Great for families, couples. Very polite and English speaking staff. Also the restaurant is great, there is not many choices on the menu but both meals we ordered were delicious, again the staff was great. In general it was very nice experience, definitely worth visiting!
Written 11 September 2020
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Thank you for the feedback! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 17 June 2021
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Martins K
Riga, Latvia63 contributions
Family
We initially dismissed the idea of going there, as usually this kind of museums are boring for kids. When reading more and checking out the place we were stunned, first by the amazing building and park around it, then by exibition. All very interactive, both great for kids and adults.
Written 24 August 2020
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Thank you for visiting us! You are always welcome to visit us again with your family.
Written 17 June 2021
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