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Exciting new sights in Tallinn

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30.10.2019

The year 2019 is a special one for Tallinn: six new museums and attractions have just been or are about to be opened! Among them are two international art centres, a high-tech fantasy world featuring centuries-old scientific achievements, and an observation wheel that towers over the entire city. 


Large-scale renovation work is nearly completed at the historic Fat Margaret cannon tower, which houses a maritime museum. Also, the first Estonian community museum is about to open its doors. 

Read our recommendations and choose the ones that best suit your interests!

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Fotografiska 

Opened in June 2019

What do Stockholm, New York, London and Tallinn have in common? - The renowned Fotografiska museum of photography!
 
The Stockholm-born Fotografiska opened their Tallinn branch in the heart of the Telliskivi Creative City. The impressively curated and displayed exhibitions frequently change, featuring both hidden talents as well as international superstars. In addition to the exhibition spaces, the museum also includes a café, a shop and a restaurant that promotes sustainable food culture. The venue also hosts various parties and events. 

Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

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The views from Fotografiska's zero-waste restaurant (head chef Peeter Pihel) are lovely: you can see both Telliskivi as well as the Tallinn Old Town. 

Kai Art Center

Opened in September 2019

The freshly-opened Kai Art Center is located by the Tallinn Bay, in the Noblessner Seafront Quarter. The objective of the centre is to be a meeting place for artists, the public, and professionals working in culture. In addition to the open and airy exposition hall, Kai also has an auditorium, where you can see art films and documentaries. At the end of the year, their international residency programme will be up and running. Also, in the coming months, four different restaurants and bars will open their doors in Kai: Lore, a self-described Kalamaja community bistro; Kampaii, which offers authentic tastes of Tokyo; the hedonistic Kaif, and the cake studio Suhkruingel.

Photo by: Aron Urb / Kai Art Center

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The restaurants and terraces at the Kai art centre will offer dreamy views of the sea, as well as romantic sunsets. 

Proto Invention Factory 

Opening: 19 October 2019 

The Proto Invention Factory brings together virtual reality, science and the world of fantasy. In the historic Noblessner foundry, centuries-old scientific achievements come to life with the help of VR glasses. The family-friendly invention factory is both entertaining as well as educating: thanks to the hands-on exhibits, you can explore physics and technology from an entirely new angle.  

And furthermore: do things that you might not dare to try in real life! The VR experience starts with a little instruction and is something anyone can manage. 

Photo by: Martin Dremljuga / PROTO Invention Factory

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In addition to the high-tech exhibits, Proto also has a children's area with lots of smart and fun activities for the tiny explorers: a ball course, a cogwheel workshop, air cannons, and much more. 

With Tallinn Card, you can get a 50% discount on Proto Invention Factory entrance tickets. Offer starts on 1 January 2020.

Skywheel of Tallinn, Super Skypark and Skylab

Opened in March 2019

T1 Mall of Tallinn is unique in Europe: the roof of the mall is home to Tallinn's newest sightseeing destination, the Skywheel Ferris wheel. Twenty-seven weatherproof gondolas lift the visitors up to a height of 120 metres (394 ft) from the sea level. In addition to the wheel, on the top floor of T1, you will find a hands-on science centre Skylab and a play and trampoline park Skypark

Photo by: Maret Põldveer-Turay

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In the one and only red VIP gondola of the Skywheel, you can enjoy a view of Tallinn privately in good company with a bottle of champagne.

With Tallinn Card, you can get discounts on the Skyhweel, in the Super Skypark as well as in the Skylab. For more information, see the Tallinn Card's website.  

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Museum of Fat Margaret 

Opening: 29 November 2019

After a thorough renovation process, the Estonian Maritime Museum's exhibition in Fat Margaret will open its doors again! The new, family-friendly and interactive display will take you on an exciting tour of the world of maritime commerce and shipbuilding. In addition to a wide array of ship models and hands-on exhibits, you can explore one of the oldest and best-preserved shipwrecks in the region: a wooden cog from the beginning of the 14th century.  A lot of attention has also been paid to the museum experience of visitors with special needs. 

Photo by: Estonian Maritime Muse

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The 16th-century building will be almost 90% wheelchair accessible, special solutions and assistive devices will be provided for the blind and those with sight or hearing impairment. Also, Fat Margaret is now the first Old Town tower that is equipped with an elevator.

Free with Tallinn CardOffer valid from the opening of the museum.

Kalamaja Museum 

Opening: 2020

A former mechanics' professor's functionalist-style house from the 1930s will house a unique community museum, first of its kind in Estonia. Kalamaja's visitors can see exhibitions about the district's history, present and future, and participate at various events. 

Photo by: Kalamaja Museum / Tallinn City Museum

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Even though renovations are still underway at the museum, you can already immerse yourself in the history of the area at different pop-up exhibitions on the streets of Kalamaja. First up is a photo exhibition about the districts humble beginnings in the first half of the 20th century (4.10-03.11.2019). For more information about the events, keep an eye on the museum's website

Free with Tallinn CardOffer valid from the opening of the museum.

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