Exciting new sights in Tallinn

    14.05.2020 visittallinn.ee
    2019 was a special year for Tallinn: five new museums and attractions opened their doors! Among them are two international art centres, a high-tech fantasy world featuring centuries-old scientific achievements, an observation wheel that towers over the entire city, and a fully renovated medieval cannon tower, which houses a maritime museum. In 2021, the first Estonian community museum is about to open its doors. 

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

    Visit now:

    Museum of Fat Margaret 

    Opened in November 2019

    After a thorough renovation process, the Estonian Maritime Museum's exhibition in Fat Margaret opened its doors in November! The new, family-friendly and interactive display takes 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. 

    An ancient wooden cog at the Tallinn Maritime Museum in Estonia. Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel
    Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

    Did you know that …?

    The 16th-century building is 75% 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 Card.

    Proto Invention Factory 

    Opened in 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. 

    Interior of the virtual reality discovery centre Proto Invention Facory in Noblessner, Tallinn Photo by: Martin Dremljuga
    Photo by: Martin Dremljuga

    Did you know that …?

    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.

    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: Kai Art Center / Aron Urb
    Photo by: Kai Art Center / Aron Urb

    Did you know that …? 

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


    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. 

    Fotografiska Photography Museum in Tallinn, Estonia
    Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

    Did you know that …?

    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. 

    Free with Tallinn Card. Offer starts from 10th of June 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
    Photo by: Maret Põldveer-Turay

    Did you know that..? 

    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.  

    Wait, we're not done yet...

    Kalamaja Museum 

    Opening: 2021

    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
    Photo by: Kalamaja Museum / Tallinn City Museum

    Did you know that …?

    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. For more information about the events, keep an eye on the museum's website. 

    Free with Tallinn Card. Offer valid from the opening of the museum.