Energy Discovery Centre
Speciality Museums • Science Museums • Children's Museums
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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There’s lightning in the air at the 100-year-old power plant and science centre for the whole family in the heart of Tallinn. Energy Discovery Centre features daily lightning shows unique in Northern Europe, static electricity demonstrations, over 100 hands-on exhibits, and Planetarium screenings. Learn about electricity, energy production, and have fun with different physical phenomena. All the instructions to the exhibits are in English, Finnish and Russian as well as Estonian. The Planetarium features films narrated in all four languages. The lightning and static electricity demonstrations are performed in Estonian, Russian and English. The Centre is a 5-minute walk from both Tallinn Old City Harbour and Tallinn Old Town.
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sptor
Klaipeda, Lithuania91 contributions
Jul 2020
Not too big but fun museum themed around electricity production mostly, however other things present too. The first floor or rather basement floor is mostly various interactive exhibits to play with light and sound, as well as optical illusions with explanation of an effects given nearby of each of those exhibit. Also small planetarium is here - you have to pay separately, and space themed corner. Second floor dedicated to electricity, also lightning and static electricity demonstrations performed here. With it's vicinity to Old Town it maybe a nice place to take a breath and rest a bit while kids are checking around, it maybe interesting for all but mostly, I think it is for young schoolchildren up to their early teens.
Written July 7, 2020
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marjaterttu2016
Espoo, Finland140 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Our 6 - 11 years old grandchildren liked the Energy Discovery Center a lot. There was so much to do, to try and to see. We spent three hours there but for the planetarium unfortunately we did not have time. The Center is interesting also for adults.
Written February 20, 2020
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Kukka75
Helsinki, Finland93 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
Excellent. Loads of hands-on exhibits and 99% of them actually worked (I've had previous experience of similar places where many were out of order). The 500 kV lightning demonstration was awesome. The kids loved the place and so did mom. Stayed there for almost three hours. A great destination for a day trip to Tallinn with the family, a short walk from the harbour or even shorter from the old town, just follow the big chimney. Ticket prices are very reasonable. There is also a small planetarium, but we didn't go there, there were so many other things to see.

The only downside was that there was no cafe or anything like that, just ice cream on sale and vending machines with treats and tea/coffee. But there is a picnic area, bring a snack for the kids, they will get hungry exploring.
Written September 29, 2018
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Jaka
259 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Look, it was included in my Tallinn card, so I said what the heck. I asked if this is more for kids (because mainly kids were around), and I got a response "it's for everyone" (I think they tell them to say that). So I took a look around, and yeah... it's for kids. It's a nice science center though, I've seen some, and this one is quite interactive. They have several activities at different times of the day (lightning, sound, optics...). So all in all, if you have children with you up to the age of 12, maybe a year or two older, they'll have some fun. Otherwise, at least bring a friend with you so both of you can enjoy and have a few laughs while killing an hour or two (some exhibits require two people).
Written October 4, 2017
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Michael V
Derby, United Kingdom15 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
This museum used to be OK years ago until they spent money on it to create the dogs dinner of exhibits that they now have. Although mainly aimed at young children it was obvious there that the young children weren't interested. Interactive exhibits (when they work) are randomly positioned with no logic or proper explanations to them. A number of the explanations in English were also missing for some reason. For heavens sake this is an old power station so rather than just leaving random lumps of old generator equipment lying around why not cut it away so we can see inside it? Why not have a fully interactive process display of a working power station? By far and away the winner of most pointless and useless exhibit is the Soyuz launch room with a few chairs and a televised Soyuz launch on small screen. You would get more excitement from watching it on You Tube on your phone. It is a waste of money and time for 9 Euros per person. There are much more interesting things to see and do in Tallinn than this badly organised and unimaginatively managed museum.
Written December 29, 2018
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OZ_Rhino
Lesmurdie, Australia58 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
Had the place practically to ourselves on a cold winters day and managed to while away a couple of hours. Our 5 year old found it fin and interactive and who couldn't live the static generators and the awesome indoor lightning displays? The best thing was the friendliness and effort that the staff went to and how humble they were when they found out we were from Oz, they couldn't fathom is coming all that way to visit their country and we spent ages talking to them about Australia and our travels, a really memorable interaction.
Written September 29, 2015
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Rolf L
Oslo, Norway263 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
The museum is located outside one of the old town gates close to the harbour area. 3 rather small floors are dedicated to various forms of energy ( electricity,renewable energy sources, magnetics, sound and optics.etc). When I was there it was packed with school-children out of control of any teachers present. They were running up and down between floors screaming and shouting and of course pressing any buttons or handles they could get within reach!
At 12 (noon) they start up electrical generators on 2. floor demonstrating static electricity as well as firing up a Tesla transformer within a Faraday's cage. So bring your children there at that time. The exhibits are clearly explained in English. Personally, I fancied the optical and sound part of the museum on -1 floor.
Entrance 10 €, which I believe to be a bit steep for a limited, rather small center of this kind.
Written May 31, 2015
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jarrowlass2014
County Durham, UK133 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
Took the grandchildren aged 5 and 8 and they loved all the 'hands on' science experiments. Everyone in the family laughed and shared the experience which is great. It is expensive but we were there for a few hours. It was busy and noisy due to the noise generated by the experiments themselves.
Written January 10, 2015
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Johnny Crane
Espoo, Finland13 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Quite small, you could easily see everything in half an hour. My kids (2- and 4-years old) had somewhat good time playing around the varioud gadgets though. Still, if you have time for only one attraction, I would recommend nearby Lennusadam instead.
Written July 25, 2019
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia954 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
This old powe plant survived Hitler and Stalin but not the Greenies! There is hands on displays and is very educational for ages. There is a charge of nine euro for adults and 7 euros for pensioners and children
Written June 17, 2019
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