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Photo by: Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 357 reviews

Location (map)

Niguliste tn 3, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

5km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.50km

Open/ Available

01.10-30.04 Wed-Sun 10-17
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18

Fees

Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 5.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

niguliste@ekm.ee

+372 631 4330

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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Restricted accessibility
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
2
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
WC / toilet for disabled users
  • wheelchair sign on WC door
  • fully accessible
  • meets international standards

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The best access is from Niguliste Street (slope up to 8%). Parking can be found on the nearby streets, at the curb. There is no parking on Lühike Jalg Street. You can also use the paid parking area of Niguliste and Rüütli Streets. There is also a EuroPark parking lot on Rüütli Street, with no discounts offered for cars with the disability sign. The museum door has 2 steps on the outside and 2 on the inside. The slope of the removable ramp is approximately 30%. Removable ramps can be installed for going up the inner staircases, therefore please give notification of your visit in advance. There is an accessible toilet on the cellar floor, reachable using a platform lift. There is a wheelchair available that will be needed for re-seating from an electric wheelchair. The security guards will help if needed.

Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

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Exquisite altarpieces, medieval burial slabs and other works of religious art can be seen in this 1230-era church-turned-museum.

Saints, dancing skeletons and silver – not to mention the occasional organ concert – are the main attractions here.

Founded by German merchant/settlers from the island of Gotland, the sturdy church was designed to double as a fortress in the days before the town wall was built. The building survived the Reformation looting of 1523, but wasn't so lucky in the 20th century when it was destroyed by World War II bombs.

Since its restoration in the 1980s, St. Nicholas' has functioned as a museum specialising in works of religious art, most famously Bernt Notke's beautiful but spooky painting Danse Macabre (Dance of Death). Intricate altarpieces, baroque chandeliers and centuries-old burial slabs are also on display, while the Silver Chamber is home to stunning works by members of town's craft guilds.

The building's acoustics also make it a prime concert venue, with organ or choir performances held here most weekends.

Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.

Location (map)

Niguliste tn 3, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

5km

Harbour

1.7km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.50km

Open/ Available

01.10-30.04 Wed-Sun 10-17
01.05-30.09 Mon-Sun 10-18

Fees

Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 5.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

niguliste@ekm.ee

+372 631 4330

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Restricted accessibility
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
2
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
WC / toilet for disabled users
  • wheelchair sign on WC door
  • fully accessible
  • meets international standards

More

The best access is from Niguliste Street (slope up to 8%). Parking can be found on the nearby streets, at the curb. There is no parking on Lühike Jalg Street. You can also use the paid parking area of Niguliste and Rüütli Streets. There is also a EuroPark parking lot on Rüütli Street, with no discounts offered for cars with the disability sign. The museum door has 2 steps on the outside and 2 on the inside. The slope of the removable ramp is approximately 30%. Removable ramps can be installed for going up the inner staircases, therefore please give notification of your visit in advance. There is an accessible toilet on the cellar floor, reachable using a platform lift. There is a wheelchair available that will be needed for re-seating from an electric wheelchair. The security guards will help if needed.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Pretty church "

4.5

March 2, 2019, by Aragorn65

A pretty church with the main attraction which is The Dance of Death. I think it is a bit overpriced to pay €6 to go inside but I do understand that the cost of maintenance of this building is quiet... Read more

"Church and Museum"

4.5

February 26, 2019, by MarkW55

Although Tallinn old town appears to have survived WW2 bombing relatively intact, this church, St Nicholas Church, was hit during bombing in 1944 and the tower was damaged. It has since been rebuilt... Read more

"Atmospheric museum in historic church reconstructed after bombing in 1944"

4.5

February 11, 2019, by UKtraveller036

Niguliste Museum is St Nicholas Church, reconstructed after being bombed by the Soviet Air Force in 1944. Rather than being restored exactly to its previous state, it has become a museum of... Read more

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