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Museum of Estonian Architecture
Open today: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Nice museum full of drawings , modella and samples representing the history and the evolution of... read more

Reviewed May 20, 2019
giuseppecincin
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Rosyth, United Kingdom
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WHEN YOU WERE TO WALK past this museum, you’d probably consider it more of a storage unit

... than something as artistic as it were to offer. And yet you would be right, for once this stone... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2019
thejonpage
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2019

... than something as artistic as it were to offer. And yet you would be right, for once this stone cum modernist structure was the Rotermann Salt Storage, and it was only since 1996 that the museum (five years old then) had moved there.

And now it was divided into these floors, the top of which was gallery roads so you could always see what’s brewing under while enjoying those temporary exhibitions. The ground floor held the permanent exhibits, which consisted of glass coffins one after another with them models of Estonian architecture – mental images of architectural assistants were to come to mind with them spending their days and nights not in something they could-have should-have would-have enjoyed.

If you went across the hall to the other end (which end could you have come to anyway?), your ears would tell you – groan, groan, groan – mechanics buzzing through those too Vulcan to be human at first but ever more annoying yet cathartic as you approached that one unique coffin, ironically at an inconspicuous corner. It turned out to be the Estonian pavilion at Expo2000, Hanover, covered with ‘floating’ trees rotating on its roof (hence the groan) with limestone as their supporting clouds. It was the most weird and eye-catching and certainly ear-catching for what the rotation was also trying to do, a sight that only expo’s could have allowed for the unnecessity that it offered to the humankind. But cute.

The temp upstairs I saw was on the architectural designs and connections among London, Tallinn and Bauhaus. It featured maps after maps of London and likewise, and it was funny to review my current hometown with notable names sprinkled on top. Of Hampstead, to be precise.

You could witness how political history shaped design by browsing through the computers near the reception. Humbly presented, yet with all the information that they could have formed an exhibition on their own.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

Nice small museum with models plans and drawings as well as the biographies of Estonian architectures - outside you can see some other exhibitions as well.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Estonia, like other Soviet occupied countries, was unable until recently to really support and foster an architecture field. Literally as soon as freedom was regained-they were off like a shot, and are now known throughout the world for their cutting edge modern architecture. They have only recently begun to combine historic preservation with modern architecture, but Rotermann City (the area next to the Museum) shows their success. As a Preservationist, I was SO impressed with the entire area-and with this museum. The models (and drawings in the basement) give a good overview of how architecture developed here, the limitations faced during the Soviet Occupation, and the astonishing work they have produced in the last 25 years. Well worth the short walk out of Old Town-actually seeing modern Tallinn is something everyone should do as well. Now-if the Museum (or an individual) would just start providing architecture tours beyond large groups!!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 10, 2018

One of a number of old buildings adapted under the Hjad master plan for the area E of the old town..worth visiting

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled across this place and were surprised it wasn’t better known. The highlight is the collection of architectural models on the ground floor, but there are other exhibitions throughout the building. Tallinn is full of interesting buildings; it’s a place where the ancient brushes shoulders with the modern. This museum presents the opportunity to explore the direction of Estonian architecture in more detail.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Alan W
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