Saaremaa Museum

Saaremaa Museum, Kuressaare: Hours, Address, Saaremaa Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Saaremaa Museum
4.5
Castles • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
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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The Kuressaare episcopal castle, also known as the Kuressaare Castle, was built in the 14th century. Today, the castle houses the Saaremaa Museum which is devoted to the island’s nature and history. A large part of the fun is exploring the warren of chambers, halls, passages and stairways, apt to fuel anyone’s fantasies. One room near the bishop’s chamber looks down to a dungeon where, according to legend, condemned prisoners were dispatched to be devoured by hungry lions (recorded growls reinforce the mental image). Legend also tells of a knight’s body found when a sealed room was opened in the 18th century, which has given rise to varying accounts of how he met his tragic fate. Upon discovery the knight’s body dissolved into dust but don’t worry, it’s since been re-created. There’s also interesting coverage of daily life under the USSR, including the interior of a typical apartment. On the top floor, the museum has wonderful views over the bay and surrounding countryside.
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Tomi Wickman
Helsinki, Finland2,163 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lots of things to see. Requiers a lot of climbing in narrow stairs so wear good shoes and be in ”normal” condition.
Written June 26, 2019
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Dahu60
United Kingdom47 contributions
Sep 2019
We had a guided tour in English to this castle/museum. It has been sympathetically restored and we could have spent much longer than the 2 hours we were there. Well worth a visit!
Written October 6, 2019
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Paul S
Helsinki25 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
The origins of this castle are in the 14th century. It has been demolished and rebuilt several times.Today it is a museum telling the history of Estonia in a chronological way. Very interesting.
Written August 8, 2018
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kahmt
10 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I am kind of disappointed with this place. It is in a great condition and it has so many artifacts from even bronze age. Problem is that, there aren't any English explanation under the items they exhibit there, only Estonian and Russian. You can find some English explanation briefly on the posters on plates on the wall, and general info on the boards outside or on some brochures, not under the items shown. Considering that this castle and museum is maybe the biggest tourist attraction in this city and maybe in the island, it is just weird that they don't provide enough information in English. Also, I would have expected to see more medieval armor or weapon sets, tools and items reflecting the life and history of the castle but no.

Otherwise, there are interesting stuffed animals section. Also, quite detailed exhibition from Soviet time. In a medieval castle, where you expect to see the history and importance of that very castle. If you speak Estonian or Russian of course.

Another point; this castle is huge and it is like a maze. If you want to get a map, you need to pay for it. It is like 0.6 cents but this just feels like an opportunistic behaviour. I never had to pay for a map or a brochure of a castle here in Estonia before. Very interesting.
Written August 29, 2020
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Will W
Brit in UK135 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
I was only on Saaremaa for two days (Monday and Tuesday). While it was possible to wander around the grounds of the castle and the moat, the museum was closed. From 1 September it only opens Wednesday - Sunday 11.00-1900. No doubt the museum has calculated the cost effectiveness of it's opening days. That said September seems a little early for reducing opening times especially as there seemed to be several tourists still about in Kuressaare. Perhaps consider more days with shorter hours e.g. 11.00-17.00?
Written September 27, 2016
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Endurance99
Endurance99317 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
Really beautiful and definitely a great and scenic drive as well as area to stop in. It is best to take a day to see all the Island has to offer by car. You can visit most if not all the sights in 1 full day and if at a very leisurely pace 2.
Written August 10, 2012
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Sarah M
16 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Castle grounds are beautifully preserved and interesting in their own right. The exhibit itself is not laid out well and there is virtually no English until you get to the top floors focusing on WWII and Soviet occupation. That part is done well but it's a shame you have no idea what's going on in Estonia from pre-history until then.
Written September 24, 2017
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AdventurePhiles
Dallas, TX818 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
The history and displays here are wonderful! These include not only the history of people, but also an extensive wildlife exhibit. The number of artifacts contained in the museum is enormous and are treasures not to be missed. Although the multiple direction possibilities can be a bit confusing, this is the way many old castles are. One can easily go back and take another direction.
Written September 10, 2016
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westerntraveler2013
London, WV65 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
This museum inside of Kuressaare Episcopal Castle has much interesting material and has been nicely restored. Most of the interpretive material is in Russian and Estonian but there are folders in other languages that help you navigate through the rooms. However, there is one glaring and interesting period missing from this history museum, and this is world war 2 and the Soviet invasions of Estonia. There was a room showing pre WWII and then rooms focusing on the period after 1950. What happened to the decade of the 40s?
Museum probably is best appreciated by native speakers but it is still worth seeing and being inside the castle.
Written September 7, 2016
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Hellie1011
Amsterdam, The Netherlands46 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
So we got lost. So many rooms and staircases! We didn't manage to follow in chronological order, so not even sure if we saw everything.

Shame lots of it is not in English.

We got in at about 5 pm, and since they're open till 7 pm, that would be fine. But boy does the staff want to go home early! They begin shoo-ing you out before 6! We didn't get to see the defence gallery because of that. Find this terribly rude.
Written September 3, 2016
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Saaremaa Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM