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Photographic Museum at Raekoja

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Address: Raekoja 4/6, Tallinn 10146, Estonia
Phone Number: 372 644 65 53

This museum traces the history of the art of photography in Tallinn through...

This museum traces the history of the art of photography in Tallinn through an extensive collection of antique cameras, photos and a recreated darkroom from the 1900s.

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Interesting for a short time

This museum is quite small, but it's okay to spend half an hour here looking around at old pictures and old cameras. You only pay 2 euro's to get in so you can't really go wrong... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

This museum is quite small, but it's okay to spend half an hour here looking around at old pictures and old cameras. You only pay 2 euro's to get in so you can't really go wrong. The building the museum is located is quite interesting since it's one of tallinn's old buildings.

1 Thank icepick80
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

A quirky little place with a number of steep staircases to navigate once inside and just €2 entry fee. Some very interesting social history and photographs illustrating the history and development of photography in Estonia, along with many interesting antique cameras on display, with a strong showing from the old soviet makers.

2 Thank simontk
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The museum is situated in an old jail and takes you through the history of Estonian photography. It's one of the places you can get in free when you purchase a Tallin card. All in all it has some interesting exhibits including an early history of Minox cameras. If you have mobility problems it is probably a place to avoid... More 

1 Thank Sexagenarian
Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

A lovely quaint little museum dedicated to the history of both cameras and photography within Estonia and neighboring areas. Just off the main Old Town square, easy to find and quite cheap entry price, one Euro extra charged if you want to take pictures, odd as it's a photographic museum but there you go... Some great old cameras on show,... More 

1 Thank Paul N
Sliema, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Some nice photos, and some nice cameras but nothing that stuck. Am missing some more info about every camera on display. A cool building from old times.

1 Thank Haavard_V
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I have to admit the main reason my friend and I decided to visit this museum was to get out of the cold as it was -10 outside. However, we were pleasantly surprised. I am not massively interested in photography but it was interesting to see what life was like for the people of Tallinn in the 19th and early... More 

1 Thank Stace85
Radomsko, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

i'd give it 3,5 but since i can't, let's round it up to 4. the photos were not that interesting, but the old cameras were. aaand probably the most fun thing was a chance to pose to some of your own photos styled to look like all those creepy-looking people on the 19th cent. pics ;) small fee, so it's... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Neat little museum in the street just behind the central market square. It is housed in the old prison of which you can see traces all around. On display are interesting photographs from mainly the 19th and early 20th century showing the development of the art in Estonia. One section is dedicated to camera's of all sorts and sizes. A... More 

3 Thank SeimenBurum
Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

The photographic museum is a small place, featuring a number of exhibits, consisting mostly of photography from different times and some camera technology, mostly from the Sovjet era. In addition, there was a small, "photo-based" exhibition about the Estonian war for Independence after WW1 (not my highlight, but the nice elder woman was really enthusiastic about the heritage). Overall not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

As interesting for the social history displayed in the photos of or by Tallinn photographers as for the history of photography itself, I really enjoyed this little museum. The staff we met spoke limited English but were very welcoming and clearly enthusiastic about their museum. A good way to spend an hour.

2 Thank MichelleBrighton

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