Niguliste Museum
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Founded in the first half of the 13th century, this church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, remained active as a place of worship until World War II and reopened in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Art Museum of Estonia.
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN895 contributions
Oct 2021
I went in here because it was raining and am very glad I did. The Dymphna alter piece exhibit was very interesting. You need to get the audio guide to follow along with each section of the alter piece and there is also another section where they talk about what modern spectro analysis discovered and the changes the artist made while painting the alter piece. The audio dialogue was a little cheesy but still very interesting.
Written October 21, 2021
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Jouni E
Turku, Finland40 contributions
Jul 2020
Niguliste Church is not one of the art museums where you need hours or even days. But this quite compact museum has an exhibition with some of the most beautiful works of medieval art in all Europe. Estonia might sound quite marginal place, but here we are in very heart of European culture, thanks to Hanseatic league, Teutonic order etc.
Written July 30, 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,974 contributions
Aug 2019
Really wonderful old church which is huge inside, and has so many interesting and intricate works of medieval art, including the "Dance of Death". I was lucky to come when they happened to be having a music recital so enjoyed the background music during my visit. I was in Tallinn on a 9-hour stopover on a Norwegian Getaway 9-day Baltic Cruise in August 2019. Rick Steves "Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports" Guidebook was a great help and this church was part of the self-guided "Tallinn Walk" in the book.
Written April 18, 2020
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA398 contributions
Sep 2019
Petite museum that shows medieval art. The large "Dance of Death" painting along the back wall is the best of it's kind in the world and is beautifully presented. It is a reminder that we are all mortal and death comes for us all wether we are a King, Pope, or tradesman. Though not a large collection it has some very nice pieces and a side room presents some of this church's and other Estonian churches Treasury items. This is worth the effort to find and visit! Staff was very nice and helpful, small gift shop and restrooms.
Written August 21, 2020
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Barbara R
Sydney, Australia136 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
I highly recommend a visit to the museum inside this historic church. When we visited Tallinn the streets were paved with tourists. The old town, which is very pretty, is much like several other old towns along the shores of the Baltic. It was in the small museums that we were able to get away from the crowds and find gems that really reflect the history.

I loved the display reflecting the guilds and the coats of arms also the painted altarpieces. The highlight was certainly the Dance McCabre with details that were easily viewed. Clean toilets, helpful staff and time to wander away from the crowds. Well worth the visit.
Written September 22, 2018
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samuel755
riverside,il224 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a beautiful old building with many relics and stories dating back to the 1400's.
Walk leisurely through the roomy premises and take some stunning pictures.
Discount admission for seniors.
Written September 10, 2019
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Valletta054
Mosta, Malta381 contributions
Aug 2019
Impressive old church with a few outstanding exhibition such as the Dance of Death and the Power of Things.

Well worth a visit, but also take some time to visit the exterior of the church.
Written August 23, 2019
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zippy608
Wakefield, MA2,088 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
We visited this museum because I was very interested in seeing the painting that is mentioned in everyones's review- the Danse Macabre or the Dancing Death. What a shame most it was destroyed, but what does remain is just incredible. That alone is worth the price of admission. You can read about the history of the painting and see the photos of the other parts that were destroyed. The church that the museum is in is old and quite interesting on the outside, but plain on the inside. As far as the rest of the museum goes, some of the things were really beautiful such as the altar pieces, coat of arms, and silver chalices. The real gem here though is the Danse Macabre.
Written September 7, 2013
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Windstorm_12
Pittsburgh, PA17 contributions
Jun 2011
You'll need good walking shoes for this walled city full of medieval beauty and shopping. Plan to stay and eat outside in the town's square if you've got a great weather day. There aren't any castles to investigate, but climb the bell tower at St. Nicholas for a great view of the city and you can see your cruise ship from there. It's a hike but worth it. Greek restaurant near church was authentic and outdoor sweater markets were well-worth the walk.
Written February 7, 2012
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Don L
Chilliwack, Canada318 contributions
Aug 2019
Very interesting medieval church in Tallinn's old city. Lots of old religious art to look at. Well worth the visit.
Written March 5, 2020
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