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Great Guild Hall

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Address: Pikk 17, Tallinn 10123, Estonia
Phone Number: +372 641 1630
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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The Great Guild Hall is also the Estonian History Museum. Excellent content.

Located at Pikk 17, two small blocks from the main square is the Great Guild Hall, now also the Estonian History Museum. We were lucky enough to get in just after opening and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Brisbane, Australia

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located at Pikk 17, two small blocks from the main square is the Great Guild Hall, now also the Estonian History Museum. We were lucky enough to get in just after opening and before flocks of tourists arrived. The museum has a permanent exhibition titled "Spirit of survival -11,000 years" which charts the mostly recent history, from about 1840 to... More 

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Heinola, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

This permanent exhibishion shows tens of thousands years of Estonian history in an interesting way. The building is very beautiful, clean and airy in spite of its very old age.

Thank Ollikka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is a small museum that is easily doable for those of us who don't have a lot of time in Tallinn. I am so glad we went in. We learned a lot about the history of the area and the display of children's view of war was so moving. I think this is a great stop even though it... More 

Thank Jjjjam
Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Interesting overview of Estonian history. No martyrology though Estonia was an independent country for the first time in 1918! Danish, Swedish, German, Polish, Swedish, Russian occupations and this sense of own identityI

Thank Meriniu
Montrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The Great Guild Hall houses part of the Estonian History museum. In this part there is a permanent exhibition covering 11,000 years of Estonian history, titled, 'Spirit of Survival. It tells the story of the fact that over the past 800 years, Estonia has only been free from numerous invaders for about 45 years. A definite place to visit in... More 

Thank Brian M
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

so a pretty building and there's old history mixed with war and occupation history. located just off the main square so no excuses to miss out

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South Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

We had to choose 3 attractions as we were on a day trip from Helsinki, and this hall was our 2nd stop. If you like,to,understand the history of,the country you are visiting, then this is the type of place to go. Well laid out, good didactics, some nice archaeology on the lower levels, and good videos documenting their tortuous invasions... More 

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Gdansk, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Located in the Great Guild Hall, the Estonian History Museum is worth visiting if you want to discover the history of Estonia. Whereas the building is really nice (you can have a very nice view of the cellar with displays of how the building was used throughout the centuries), the museum is too small (only on the ground floor). Two... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This review is mainly about the Estonian History Musuem, which is housed in the historic and very impressive Great Guild Hall. The building is quietly impressive from outside and quite fascinating from within. But the main attraction is the museum. It is small, which makes it relatively easy to visit with young children. The presentation is quirky and is filled... More 

Thank Ashok-Seenu
Tallinn, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A really good exhibition, which gives you a crash-course of Estonian history. The museum is housed in the building of the Great Guild and thus the museum has this historic feel about it, of course the museum also has some really interesting foreign pieces, like the boot of Peter the Great or the writings of Mozart. Definitely needs to be... More 

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