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Estonian Maritime Museum

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Address: Fat Margaret Tower Pikk 70, Tallinn 10133, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 641 1408

Located in the cannon tower Fat Margaret, this four-story museum features...

Located in the cannon tower Fat Margaret, this four-story museum features more than 7,000 objects, 30,000 photographs and 15,000 documents all relating to Estonia's maritime history including ship building, navigation instruments, lighthouses, fishery and marine education.

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Viking exhibition: excellent. The rest? Just 'okay'.

Ground floor Viking exhibition was FANTASTIC. Modern, fascinating, interactive, suitable for all ages. I didn't know a thing about Baltic Vikings but was able to learn about trade... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Susie A
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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Maynooth, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is apparently a little hit and miss at times but if they get more events like the fascinating Viking Exhibition on a more regular basis then they could really on to a winner. Gift shop on the premises as well which was a little expensive but very well stocked with good selections of local artifacts and basic souvenirs.

Thank GreedyMessiah
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ground floor Viking exhibition was FANTASTIC. Modern, fascinating, interactive, suitable for all ages. I didn't know a thing about Baltic Vikings but was able to learn about trade routes, Swedish connections, Arabic coins and so on. I spent perhaps 20 minutes just on that floor. Another good thing is the shop. Large and with a mix of objects, from key... More 

Thank Susie A
Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is an older style of museum with a huge number of artifacts over several floors but without a chronological theme. The exhibits are not organized to be easily understood, especially by English speakers. There are a large number of ship models. They should invest in pre recorded tours in several languages and I'm sure tourists would gladly pay a... More 

Thank jfarlam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is full of fascinating exhibits... but with little explanation at least for the English speaking visitor. Not even a guidebook. The ground floor exhibition on the viking era is a lot better presented than the rest, but still hard to follow. A shame because Estonia is a maritime nation whose economic and cultural history... with the exception of... More 

Thank Alistair M
Wezemaal, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

We visited this museum to learn about the boats and ships of all ages in this area of the world. There were a lot of artifacts and they are nicely arranged. But the explanations were not always translated. They could also do with an upgrade as the way the artifacts were presented reminded me of the time I visited museums... More 

Thank Filip100
Palanga, Lithuania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I didn't like it because the sights were from Soviet times. They said there was Viking exhibition, but in reality it was not interesting at all - just some coins. It's said we went there I suppose. It's not worth 8 Euros at all. Only the rood of St Margaret Castle was amazing.

Thank lindaguide
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We visited because the Viking Expo was on display...which was awesome by itself. But there is much more to see. Plan an hour or two. Also, there is a fun outdoor cafe on the very top floor...with great local beer..and places to sit with a great view of the Tallinn Balloon and harbor.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We decided to visit this museum attracted by a new vikings exhibition. In fact, although it was a bit scarce, the exhibition was interesting. However, the rest of the museum is not worthy at all and the entrance price (without considering the Vikings temporary section) too high. Most of the information is only written in Estonian and Rusian, besides the... More 

Thank RGFAst
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This is an eclectic little museum. It starts off with Vikings and ends up with Estonian maritime artifacts from long ago and more recently as well.

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Whitstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Every floor is full of artefacts from the long Maritime History of the Baltic up to the Soviet Era . There are cannons , paintings , models .and other Maritime items . It also had good ares for children to get involved in .

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