Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood

Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood

Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
If you like history, mythology, jewellery and design, or are a serious scholar of phaleristics - be sure to plan a visit to the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. Among our most prized possessions are decorations of the Orders of the Garter, the Golden Fleece, Malta, Black Eagle and the Legion of Honour. The museum introduces visitors to the history of various Orders of Chivalry by presenting their exquisite badges, stars and collars - true masterpieces of art and craftsmanship, often lavishly decorated with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Many are of an immense historical value as they once belonged to emperors, princes and princesses, famous military commanders, presidents, and politicians. Highlights of the collection include the Order of the White Eagle which belonged to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, insignia of the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie and Britain’s Princess Mary’s star of the Order of the British Empire and many others.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Stefan S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and informative collection
    Interesting and informative collection of (original!) different orders from around the world (mostly european but there are examples of South-American, African and Asian orders as well). The curators are well-informed, very friendly and keen to share their knowledge
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 11, 2023
  • AAleR
    Saint John, Canada430 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy place
    This visit will take longer than you think. There is an extensive display, well narrated and informative. The venue is small, so it can become a little crowded if there are many fellow visitors. The many audio devices playing in different languages do at times make for some distraction. The visit will take more time than you think, specifically if you are on a multi venue day sightseeing trip.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 17, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best Pageantry and Honours collection is in Tallinn, Estonia
    You just might miss the entrance here since it’s on a busy cafe street. But go inside if you love: military or chivalry or jewels or pageantry or royalty. The private collection is stunning. And the various orders around the world are well explained. Fascinating subject in lil’ ole Tallinn! If they would put all the exhibit descriptions into one booklet I would buy for several people. So cool. A few steps down (for the weak knees).
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Alessandro F
    Rome, Italy116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An hidden gem: a particular museum of high historical-cultural profile about the awards in all the Countries.
    An unexpected treasure: a small museum of three room but very well organize. The pieces on display are prestigious and in good conservative state: we hope you’ll add more in your collection. Audio guide service in many languages ... but let's wait in Italian!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Sandro R
    Oegstgeest, The Netherlands3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In Guide Michelin parlance - well worth a trip!
    My good friend Enzo and I just completed a brief but excellent trip to the Tallinn museum of orders of knighthood. The museum exhibits a large array of exquisite orders of knighthood from a large number of countries, focussing on the era before 1918. The collection includes many unique pieces, all of which are very well presented, and is a treat for phaleristic enthousiast, collectors and laymen alike. Our visit was made even more enjoyable by the very kind reception we received from the museum's head curator Catherine Lapinsh and the very kind staff at the museum. In Guide Michelin parlance - well worth a trip! Kind regards, Sandro
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 21, 2023
  • Kelly C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit!
    Definitely worth the visit— with the audio guide, you can learn all there is to know about the history of knighthood. It’s an amazing private collection, and hard to comprehend how so much history can be contained within just a few rooms. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Worth the visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 8, 2024
  • Inna F
    Chicago, Illinois4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Rare Precious Museum in the heart of Tallinn!
    The Orders of Knighthood was very interesting. It’s amazing to discover how the world is connected by these Orders. Andrus, the manager of the museum, was very friendly, knowledgeable, full of passion about history and culture and he was also very helpful. If there’s anything I would like to suggest, is maybe lower down the price of entrance tickets so that more people can come visit and discover this precious jewel. I am both American and Filipino, and my friend and I were so excited to see a display from the Philippines!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 11, 2024
  • Benjamin H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum, Lovely Director
    The museum is great, filled with medals from various parts of the world. It's interesting to see how similar and different they can be from one another. There's also quite a few facts about each one and is just generally quite interesting. Even better is the curator, Andrus, he's a lovely guy who talked to me and my friends before and after our visit to the actual museum part and he also recommended a few places to go to and a few places not to bother with.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 16, 2024
  • Joel
    United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but brilliant museum
    The museum is small but very interesting, having 3 rooms consisting of orders of knighthood from many countries. It was really interesting to see so many of them. In one place. The audioguide was easy to use and very informative. The museum curator was also very friendly and helpful, we had an interesting conversation with him and he gave us free postcards and advice on where else to visit in Talinn. Would reccomend!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 5, 2024
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Audrey Houle
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
It was excellent !! We arrived there and the staff ask us where we come from, and we said Canada, Montréal (french part). They were so kind with us and one guide gave us a postcard and offer us a guided tour. We were so glad that he took the time to explain every piece of history about this museum. We asked him a lot of questions and he had the answer for us. When he knew we were from the french part of Canada, he even knew about the province of Québec and the history about the "Référendum" he showed us some jowels about the France and Louis 14. He as also talked with us about his vision of the soviet army and it was very emotional, it was special for us to talk with someone who lived under the soviet time. Also, i really love the history about Queen Victoria and Albert and they have some jowels about them and also about the queen Elisabeth II. Beautiful museum and very kind guide!!!
Written December 19, 2021
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James R
Los Angeles, CA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
If you have any interest in history, I’d highly recommend this museum. The careful description of the orders of chivalry and knighthood was a topic I knew nothing about. But the museum did an excellent job of educating me. It got a little dry at times, you can speed through what bores you. But a lot of the info was new and interesting.
Written October 5, 2022
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Trang N
Ho Chi Minh1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We arrived early morning and were greeted with warm welcome. Museum staff was super friendly and helpful. He took the time to walk us up to the 1st room of the museum and showed us around with a detailed introduction of the museum and its collections. Everything was put in order so that even amateurs like us 2 Vietnamese girls can easily allocate and understand thoroughly.
Written June 29, 2022
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AAleR
Saint John, Canada430 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This visit will take longer than you think. There is an extensive display, well narrated and informative. The venue is small, so it can become a little crowded if there are many fellow visitors. The many audio devices playing in different languages do at times make for some distraction. The visit will take more time than you think, specifically if you are on a multi venue day sightseeing trip.
Written July 17, 2023
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Sean
Hemel Hempstead, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
A hidden treasure in Tallinn. This unassuming and under-advertised museum is absolutely packed with history, honours, medals and related clothing from around the world. The staff were helpful and the gift shop is second-to-none. I will definitely be going back again.
Written August 6, 2021
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Jerome Morrow
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This museum truly has a fantastic collection on display. The diversity of represented items is also fascinating, as the exhibition also incorporates ceremonial dresses and uniforms alongside the insignia. Regarding the complexity of the introduction and narration, you'd rather want to read some material about the honor systems and knighthood orders in advance. That way, you'll have more time to appreciate the beauty of the exhibits.

It truly feels like entering a gallery filled with excellently crafted jewelry. Different museum segments have their unique character, so you can see the distinction in regional philosophies surrounding the design of awards. Plus, if you really feel like starting collecting medals and orders as a hobby after the visit, you can purchase some at the souvenir store/museum lobby.
Written February 25, 2023
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ATL
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Many places, Tallinn included, have museums of art, natural history, etc. This is a much more unique collection. The closest I've seen would be a monarchy's regalia, but you'd only be seeing a single country's at a time. Here, the collection spans the globe & the entire history of these organizations/awards. The English documentation is extensive & the staff volunteered their own in addition in the form of a guided tour. Interestingly, the history represented is also quite relevant to the location (Livonia) itself. There's something for just about everyone: impressive displays of opulence, military & geopolitical history, anthropology, etc.
Written November 15, 2021
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Inna F
Chicago, IL4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The Orders of Knighthood was very interesting. It’s amazing to discover how the world is connected by these Orders. Andrus, the manager of the museum, was very friendly, knowledgeable, full of passion about history and culture and he was also very helpful. If there’s anything I would like to suggest, is maybe lower down the price of entrance tickets so that more people can come visit and discover this precious jewel. I am both American and Filipino, and my friend and I were so excited to see a display from the Philippines!
Written January 11, 2024
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Sacha V
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The museum is quite uncommon and tells a story about the history of countries whole over the world. There is a huge collection of orders with different symbols and meanings. Everything is explained well in different languages. A very big thank you to the friendly and enthusiastic staff!
Written August 25, 2021
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Alex Kh.
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
It is a private museum which has nonetheless a very extensive collection and many stunning objects. Also the guide told us a lot of background stories and legends about the exposition. Learned a lot of cool facts!

Absolute must-see in Tallinn!!
Written September 7, 2021
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