Estonian National Museum

Estonian National Museum, Tartu: Hours, Address, Estonian National Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Estonian National Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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In Estonia’s biggest museum there’s more than ever before, and indeed more than anywhere else: more space, more stories, more information and more events. All of this provides new answers to the questions: Who are Estonians? Why are they the way they are? What do they do? What do they think? How do they express themselves? What do they look like? The museum’s exhibitions are underpinned by cutting-edge science and technology, but are all about creating mood and stirring emotions. Echo of the Urals, named Best Permanent Exhibition in Estonia 2016, introduces the culture of Estonians and the other Finno-Ugric peoples of Northern Eurasia. Encounters details the daily lives of Estonians, from the Ice Age to today. Audiovisual elements bring the exhibits to life with song and movement, while electronic information placards change languages with the touch of a keycard. This medley of history, design, art, technology and entertainment creates an engaging place for children and adults alike.
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Ann P
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine238 contributions
A large interactive museum with many exhibits. From today with a chair on which Skype was written until ancient times and burials. Impressed by the CAT for seabed exploration made in Tartu, carpets and runic songs. everything is selected and made with love. It is better to plan an afternoon at the museum and take short breaks, because there is a lot of information. It will be difficult with small children.
The hall of the Finno-Ugric group needs special attention - it is concise and atmospheric. A beautiful museum, when there is time, it is desirable to pay attention.
Written May 19, 2022
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Nihon Zarkia
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A museum with lots of impressive stories told by contemporary design and maximum use of technology about the past of the Finno-Ugric population where I received e-features everywhere, from the entrance till the end. A modern building with the presentation of objects is associated with world-class technology. I liked the way I learned a lot about Estonian history and culture through various digital components. Highly recommended for all!
Written April 23, 2022
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Mingalaba11
Hertfordshire170 contributions
Couples
This is an outstanding museum in every way. Internationally I would rank it with the Ethnological Museum in Mexico City and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Inside the dramatic building, the story of Estonia, its culture, language and history are told with vivid images, perfect illumination and friendly technology. For example the sophisticated development of the Estonian language and its relationship to Finnish and Hungarian is illustrated with symbols and examples a ten year-old could follow. They have the original Estonian flag which had been hidden in Soviet times as an illegal object. Some exhibits are very moving. For example a pair of jeans which cost two months’s salary but incentivised a girl to attend college leading to an education that resulted in her eventually working as a researcher at this museum. As with many museums, the shop had some unique and attractive items. We bought books, jewellery and cards. We had allowed two hours and wish we had allocated the whole day. Our guide, Eiiu was inspirational with her knowledge, enthusiasm and impressive English vocabulary to communicate the power of the museum.
Written June 19, 2022
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Karet Luik
Tartu, Estonia2 contributions
A great museum that is definitely worth a visit. I visited the museum with friends and we had a lot of fun to discover. Many different exhibits and a great contemporary architecture that catches the eye.

We spent three hours in the museum and also visited the restaurant "Pööriöö", where the food was very tasty.

It is worth planning at least 3-5 hours and be sure to visit the restaurant. :)

And also, did you know that the Estonian National Museum is the largest museum in Estonia? It doesnt get boring here and there are activities for both adults and kids.
Written March 28, 2022
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mfield2016
Binfield, UK21 contributions
Friends
A great place to visit. Great modern architecture and interactive displays. When you pay to enter you are given a RFID ticket that you tap on each display and it displays the information in English. Good restaurant and reasonably priced.
Written February 16, 2020
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Thank you for this feedback! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the visit and we are hoping to see you again.
Written June 17, 2021
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Rexonaut
Brussels, Belgium686 contributions
We went to see 2 art exhibitions there, but took a time to look also on the main exhibition. Very interactive, but not so easy discover. Found several interesting things, I did not know. As it included also some more modern times, got some nostalgic memories.
Don't miss the lunch in the cafeteria. One of the best lunches in Tartu. Impressive menu.
Written July 31, 2022
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Scarlet
London, UK41 contributions
I visited the museum with my best friends and must I say I was very impressed. The museum managed to capture the nordic vibe so well. We didn't feel bored at any point. As an Estonian living in UK, I was so happy to be able to pay a visit to this museum, and revisit stuff that I remember from my childhood, and also be reminded of my roots. The staff were super nice and kind, felt really homely. We visited the museum on Friday and there were relatively little people there at that time as we visited it around 3 pm. There were many interactive exhibits which weren't only fun for kids but also for adults. I loved that museum was so wide and open, not crammed like some museums I have visited. There were also a cafe and a restaurant that we didn't visit but they looked visually pleasing. I think that my favourite part of the museum was the "Uurali kaja" - I loved how the exhibition was set and the atmosphere, plus the tiny homes you could go in! I'm already planning to visit this place again, but this time with my parents.
Written January 4, 2020
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Thank you for this feedback! We are glad you liked the visit with your friends and it is lovely to hear that it brought back the memories from your childhood. We look forward to seeing you again with your parents!
Written June 17, 2021
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Dalia
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Family
We have visited the museum with children in age 7, 12 and 15. It is very new and modern and worth to see if you have more time in Tartu. But information is really chaotic, we have easily lost here and when our smaller boys began to play hiding and seeking here we had to leave. So it was really interesting, but if you go alone and maybe with a guide.
Written August 8, 2020
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Thank you for the feedback! We are sorry to hear about that and will definitely try to make it easier to navigate here for the first time visitors. Hopefully the next time you visit, you will see the improvements.
Written June 17, 2021
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA398 contributions
What a fabulous new museum! With the great use of technology almost every display is available in a variety of languages! I spent the whole day here and could have stayed longer, there was just so much brought together under one roof. I had lunch in the restaurant and the food was both very good quality and well presented. The costume collection was amazing and very creatively and sympathetically displayed. Normally I am not a fan of technology in museums, but this museum all worked from light tables with photos to tablets that offered details in multiple languages! This is a must in Estonia!
Written August 21, 2020
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Thank you for this feedback! We are extremely glad that you liked all the features our museum has and we are hoping to see you again soon.
Written June 17, 2021
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Domile
Vilnius, Lithuania4 contributions
Family
In a pleasant surrounding of great contemporary architecture you can explore truly interactive expositions and well arranged spaces, all made with care for detail and quality.

Great experience design, well thought through journey for the visitor. I had pleasure exploring and not once felt bored during the 4 hour tour.

Additional temporary exhibition about folk fairytales was amazingly designed to the smallest detail like handmade headphone embroidery sculptures and the space was filled with stage-design-like objects that were truly beautiful, such as large mushrooms to sit under or the ceiling of hell made of real tree roots.

Worth visiting!

Plan 3-5 hours, possible to have a salad lunch and coffee.
Written June 26, 2020
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Thank you for the feedback! We are glad to hear that your visit was enjoyable and we are looking forward to seeing you again once the new exhibitions launch.
Written June 17, 2021
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