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Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

Photo by: Toomas Volmer

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Niguliste Museum (St. Nicholas' Church)

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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 296 reviews

Open/ Available

01.10-30.04 Wed-Sun 10-17
01.05-30.09 Tue-Sun 10-17

Fees

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

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niguliste@ekm.ee

+372 631 4330

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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.

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 with 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.

Open/ Available

01.10-30.04 Wed-Sun 10-17
01.05-30.09 Tue-Sun 10-17

Fees

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

Website

Visit website

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

"Bernt Notkes Dance Macabre"

4.5

December 16, 2017, by J C

I visited this church to see Bernt Notkes amazing gothic Dance Macabre Tapestry. This was something which I was really looking forward to in my trip to Tallinn. So it didnt bother me that we had to... Read more

"Outstanding collection of religious art and artifacts"

4.5

December 1, 2017, by CATTSAR

This was originally built as a church in the 13th century. It is now magnificent art museum with spectacular religious artifacts as well some other art pieces. Its status as a church is still... Read more

"Medieval Art Treasures"

4.5

November 28, 2017, by aranjuezUSA

The church was originally built in 13th century, it is now part of the Estonian Art Museum. The most famous collection: Danse Macabre (the Dance of the Death), a huge painting by the Lubeck master... Read more

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