Saaremaa Museum
Saaremaa Museum
4.5
10:00 - 18:00
Monday
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
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
The Kuressaare episcopal castle, also known as the Kuressaare Castle, was built in the 14th century. Today, the castle houses the Saaremaa Museum which is devoted to the island’s nature and history. A large part of the fun is exploring the warren of chambers, halls, passages and stairways, apt to fuel anyone’s fantasies. One room near the bishop’s chamber looks down to a dungeon where, according to legend, condemned prisoners were dispatched to be devoured by hungry lions (recorded growls reinforce the mental image). Legend also tells of a knight’s body found when a sealed room was opened in the 18th century, which has given rise to varying accounts of how he met his tragic fate. Upon discovery the knight’s body dissolved into dust but don’t worry, it’s since been re-created. There’s also interesting coverage of daily life under the USSR, including the interior of a typical apartment. On the top floor, the museum has wonderful views over the bay and surrounding countryside.
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Teele
Tallinn, Estonia825 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A very cool castle that I definitely recommend to visit. An adult ticket was 10€ and it took us 2 hours inside the castle, i.e. in the museum. Be sure to reserve at least half an hour for a walk outside. The castle is very large inside and there are endless different rooms. In the meantime, it felt like we were getting lost because there were so many moves. Quite a lot of different exhibitions can be accommodated there. I recommend taking an audio guide as well, from there you can learn a lot more about the history of the fortress.
Written 29 December 2023
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Marnixx92
Kampen, The Netherlands19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Great castle with big and interesting exhibitions within and around. Would especially recommend for a rainy day since most time will be spend indoors.
Written 2 July 2023
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
My wife and I spent about an hour here. We got an audio guide which focuses on the castle. It was informative but a lot of the discussions were too long. There were a few interesting parts but I found it a bit tedious.

We were much more impressed with, and interested in, the permanent displays. They had one on the Forest Brothers - a group of anti-Soviet resistance fighters. It was excellent. The exhibits on the WW2 era were also very well done.

They have a nice gift shop and the workers are very helpful.

Recommended.
Written 4 September 2022
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Sheryl R
Dallas, TX86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
Very interesting museum with exhibits explaining Estonian history. The view from the tower and other areas was impressive.
Written 21 March 2022
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kahmt
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I am kind of disappointed with this place. It is in a great condition and it has so many artifacts from even bronze age. Problem is that, there aren't any English explanation under the items they exhibit there, only Estonian and Russian. You can find some English explanation briefly on the posters on plates on the wall, and general info on the boards outside or on some brochures, not under the items shown. Considering that this castle and museum is maybe the biggest tourist attraction in this city and maybe in the island, it is just weird that they don't provide enough information in English. Also, I would have expected to see more medieval armor or weapon sets, tools and items reflecting the life and history of the castle but no.

Otherwise, there are interesting stuffed animals section. Also, quite detailed exhibition from Soviet time. In a medieval castle, where you expect to see the history and importance of that very castle. If you speak Estonian or Russian of course.

Another point; this castle is huge and it is like a maze. If you want to get a map, you need to pay for it. It is like 0.6 cents but this just feels like an opportunistic behaviour. I never had to pay for a map or a brochure of a castle here in Estonia before. Very interesting.
Written 29 August 2020
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Linda
Tallinn, Estonia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
it's honestly one of the most interesting castle museums I've ever been to here in Baltics - you can spend easily hours there as there's many different exhibitions. On the top floor there's also cafe opened - good coffee!
Written 25 August 2020
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Jolita B
Siauliai, Lithuania34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Very large museum. Lots of exhibits. Everything is very nicely arranged. Really enjoyed it, only I was very tired of walking.The area is very beautiful. You can take a boat and swim around the castle.
Written 24 August 2020
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JULPLA
Monteriggioni, Italy27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Lots to see, you can go up to the castle and see old building as it was centuries.ago. enjoyed. Small boat trips are available around museum.
Written 5 August 2020
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Yadenur Ö
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Business
preserved historical texture. A place to see and see for adults and young people. Tjy have helpful stuff

Written 14 February 2020
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Br2nksu
Tallinn, Estonia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
There was a big fat cat who was running all the time. It was so funny. But the castle was beautiful!
Written 21 November 2019
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