Estonian National Museum

Estonian National Museum, Tartu: Hours, Address, Estonian National Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Estonian National Museum
4.5
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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Tereza N
13 contributions
A very interesting place worth the visit
Sep 2020
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, Latvia62 contributions
Must visit, great museum
Aug 2020 • 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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PBTravelstheWorld
Woodinville, WA397 contributions
Great modern museum with usable technology for multiple languages! GO!!!
Sep 2019
What a fabulous new museum! With the great use of technology almost every display is available in a variety of languages! I spent the whole day here and could have stayed longer, there was just so much brought together under one roof. I had lunch in the restaurant and the food was both very good quality and well presented. The costume collection was amazing and very creatively and sympathetically displayed. Normally I am not a fan of technology in museums, but this museum all worked from light tables with photos to tablets that offered details in multiple languages! This is a must in Estonia!
Written 21 August 2020
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Thank you for this feedback! We are extremely glad that you liked all the features our museum has and we are hoping to see you again soon.
Written 17 June 2021
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Dalia
2 contributions
Interesting, but too much complicated
Aug 2020 • Family
We have visited the museum with children in age 7, 12 and 15. It is very new and modern and worth to see if you have more time in Tartu. But information is really chaotic, we have easily lost here and when our smaller boys began to play hiding and seeking here we had to leave. So it was really interesting, but if you go alone and maybe with a guide.
Written 8 August 2020
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Thank you for the feedback! We are sorry to hear about that and will definitely try to make it easier to navigate here for the first time visitors. Hopefully the next time you visit, you will see the improvements.
Written 17 June 2021
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Domile
Vilnius, Lithuania4 contributions
Top quality museum
Jun 2020 • Family
In a pleasant surrounding of great contemporary architecture you can explore truly interactive expositions and well arranged spaces, all made with care for detail and quality.

Great experience design, well thought through journey for the visitor. I had pleasure exploring and not once felt bored during the 4 hour tour.

Additional temporary exhibition about folk fairytales was amazingly designed to the smallest detail like handmade headphone embroidery sculptures and the space was filled with stage-design-like objects that were truly beautiful, such as large mushrooms to sit under or the ceiling of hell made of real tree roots.

Worth visiting!

Plan 3-5 hours, possible to have a salad lunch and coffee.
Written 26 June 2020
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Thank you for the feedback! We are glad to hear that your visit was enjoyable and we are looking forward to seeing you again once the new exhibitions launch.
Written 17 June 2021
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Tannenbaumonthemove
Sydney, Australia112 contributions
Wow
Jun 2020 • Couples
Wow, just simply wow !! Not to be missed .

Also the museum restaurant serves excellent, tasty food beautifully presented with a really reasonable price .
Written 26 June 2020
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Thank you for the feedback! We are hoping to see you again once you plan to visit Tartu.
Written 17 June 2021
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Merq
Tartu, Estonia66 contributions
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May 2020
Its very big and interesting modern museum. Lot of folk costume and textile from different part of Estonia. I liked the most fenno-ugric exhibition part. Museum has also good restaurant and wonderful handcraft shop where you can find works of small companies and hand-crafters.
Written 18 June 2020
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Thank you for visiting our museum! We look forward to seeing you again here soon.
Written 17 June 2021
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Vaino S
7 contributions
EV100
Feb 2020 • Business
The meeting hall "Jakob Hurda saal" has very good acoustics. Museum is interesting. The food in the restaurant is good.
Written 29 February 2020
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Thank you for the feedback! We are glad to hear you enjoyed the visit. How could we possibly improve your experience for the next visit?
Written 17 June 2021
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mfield2016
Binfield, UK21 contributions
Worth a visit
Feb 2020 • Friends
A great place to visit. Great modern architecture and interactive displays. When you pay to enter you are given a RFID ticket that you tap on each display and it displays the information in English. Good restaurant and reasonably priced.
Written 16 February 2020
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Thank you for this feedback! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit and we are hoping to see you again.
Written 17 June 2021
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Scarlet
London, UK41 contributions
Very beautiful and unique museum!
Jan 2020
I visited the museum with my best friends and must I say I was very impressed. The museum managed to capture the nordic vibe so well. We didn't feel bored at any point. As an Estonian living in UK, I was so happy to be able to pay a visit to this museum, and revisit stuff that I remember from my childhood, and also be reminded of my roots. The staff were super nice and kind, felt really homely. We visited the museum on Friday and there were relatively little people there at that time as we visited it around 3 pm. There were many interactive exhibits which weren't only fun for kids but also for adults. I loved that museum was so wide and open, not crammed like some museums I have visited. There were also a cafe and a restaurant that we didn't visit but they looked visually pleasing. I think that my favourite part of the museum was the "Uurali kaja" - I loved how the exhibition was set and the atmosphere, plus the tiny homes you could go in! I'm already planning to visit this place again, but this time with my parents.
Written 4 January 2020
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Thank you for this feedback! We are glad you liked the visit with your friends and it is lovely to hear that it brought back the memories from your childhood. We look forward to seeing you again with your parents!
Written 17 June 2021
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