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“Good place to pass the time”

Photographic Museum at Raekoja
Ranked #79 of 298 things to do in Tallinn
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Owner description: This museum traces the history of the art of photography in Tallinn through an extensive collection of antique cameras, photos and a recreated darkroom from the 1900s.
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good place to pass the time”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

I have to admit the main reason my friend and I decided to visit this museum was to get out of the cold as it was -10 outside. However, we were pleasantly surprised. I am not massively interested in photography but it was interesting to see what life was like for the people of Tallinn in the 19th and early 20th century. Some of the slides the tv screen passed too quickly too read the writing and other times it was impossibly slow but it was still interesting. Lots of old cameras and a few areas where you can pose for your own photos.

Visited March 2013
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Radomsko, Poland
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“not great but still fun”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

i'd give it 3,5 but since i can't, let's round it up to 4. the photos were not that interesting, but the old cameras were. aaand probably the most fun thing was a chance to pose to some of your own photos styled to look like all those creepy-looking people on the 19th cent. pics ;) small fee, so it's worth a short visit if you have a spare 30-40 minutes.

Visited March 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
376 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
“Nice museum with lots of history. And everything about the Minox spy camera, invented in Estonia.”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Neat little museum in the street just behind the central market square. It is housed in the old prison of which you can see traces all around.

On display are interesting photographs from mainly the 19th and early 20th century showing the development of the art in Estonia.

One section is dedicated to camera's of all sorts and sizes. A special display shows the history of the famous Minox spy camera which was invented in Estonia in the late 1930's

In the cellar are exhibitions of contemporary photographers.

All-in-all well worth the half hour it will take you to visit and escape the hoards of tourists for some time. And the price will not stop you, only € 2,- (June 2012)

Visited June 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Good for an Hour”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

The photographic museum is a small place, featuring a number of exhibits, consisting mostly of photography from different times and some camera technology, mostly from the Sovjet era. In addition, there was a small, "photo-based" exhibition about the Estonian war for Independence after WW1 (not my highlight, but the nice elder woman was really enthusiastic about the heritage).
Overall not a fancy place, no "must-see" - but a really nice way to spend half an hour or a full one.

Visited March 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
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44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Small but interesting.”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

As interesting for the social history displayed in the photos of or by Tallinn photographers as for the history of photography itself, I really enjoyed this little museum. The staff we met spoke limited English but were very welcoming and clearly enthusiastic about their museum. A good way to spend an hour.

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