Niguliste Museum
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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  • Thomas K
    Copenhagen, Denmark858 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum with focus on religious object. Good giftshop too.
    The Church is now a museum with a focus on religious objects. The exhibition is good and worth a look. I was especially impressed with the painting “Dancing with Death” which was really interesting and 500 years old. Entry was free on thursday. A very good giftshop, and the view from the Bell Tower is amazing. A modern glass elevator goes to the top. The museum seems very up to date despite the location in an old fully renovated Church.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Alexander102013
    Antwerp, Belgium285 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top museum in Tallinn
    Historical church art from the Middle Ages to the Barok. Small but most wonderful collection of art works. Zilver collection also interesting. Recently a glass elevator was installed giving access to 3 platforms offering 360° views over the city.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • goodguyjas
    London, United Kingdom1,202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Museum in a church with lift to a viewing platform. Good value too!
    I was surprised to find this was a museum rather than an active church and was amazed by the restoration they have done. The displays in the main area are truly stunning and mix stone work, silver, ornamental and paintings. The layout is very tasteful. The tiny staircases to each floor are there to climb if you want but a modern 5 person glass lift is able to whisk you to further floors plus the impressive top level view with impressive views of the town, especially the Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Not what I was expecting when you see this from the outside. Stunning use of this beautiful building.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Karl A
    Tallinn, Estonia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views onto the oldtown from the tower
    This is a great example of how church can also be interesting and modern museum, yet also serving its purpose in its traditional way. The museum is not overwhelmed with showpieces, so it is easy to wonder in the great halls and in the tower. Probably one of the most fascinating additions is the glass lift taking you to the tower exhibitions. The views onto the city from the top floor were even more stunning that I had imagined (best to go on a sunny day) and there are not many other places to get such a view from the city centre/old town. There is also a ticket tip, as the ticket costs 3 euros every last wednesday of a month - so if you are in town during that time I would highly suggest to hop by.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
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Jouni E
Turku, Finland40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Karl A
Tallinn, Estonia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is a great example of how church can also be interesting and modern museum, yet also serving its purpose in its traditional way. The museum is not overwhelmed with showpieces, so it is easy to wonder in the great halls and in the tower. Probably one of the most fascinating additions is the glass lift taking you to the tower exhibitions. The views onto the city from the top floor were even more stunning that I had imagined (best to go on a sunny day) and there are not many other places to get such a view from the city centre/old town. There is also a ticket tip, as the ticket costs 3 euros every last wednesday of a month - so if you are in town during that time I would highly suggest to hop by.
Written October 30, 2023
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,057 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Thomas K
Copenhagen, Denmark858 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The Church is now a museum with a focus on religious objects. The exhibition is good and worth a look. I was especially impressed with the painting “Dancing with Death” which was really interesting and 500 years old. Entry was free on thursday. A very good giftshop, and the view from the Bell Tower is amazing. A modern glass elevator goes to the top. The museum seems very up to date despite the location in an old fully renovated Church.
Written May 19, 2023
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goodguyjas
London, UK1,202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
I was surprised to find this was a museum rather than an active church and was amazed by the restoration they have done. The displays in the main area are truly stunning and mix stone work, silver, ornamental and paintings. The layout is very tasteful. The tiny staircases to each floor are there to climb if you want but a modern 5 person glass lift is able to whisk you to further floors plus the impressive top level view with impressive views of the town, especially the Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Not what I was expecting when you see this from the outside. Stunning use of this beautiful building.
Written September 5, 2023
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Alexander102013
Antwerp, Belgium285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Historical church art from the Middle Ages to the Barok. Small but most wonderful collection of art works. Zilver collection also interesting. Recently a glass elevator was installed giving access to 3 platforms offering 360° views over the city.
Written August 30, 2023
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Calm Explorer
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
The view is great to each direction and it's uncommon that there is a lift so it's easy to get up to the tower. Everything else was also interesting, maybe some more structure as to what can be found and in which order it would be best to check them out. There is plenty of room and the church itself is beautiful inside and out.
Written March 20, 2023
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Barbara R
Sydney, Australia154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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