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Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Paul Kuimet

Photo by: Toomas Tuul

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 351 reviews

Location (map)

Pikk tn 70, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

5.00km

Harbour

1.00km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.00km

Open/ Available

Closed

Fees

Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@meremuuseum.ee

+372 6733 092

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  • object is located on the second or higher floor, only steps for access
  • more than one person's help is needed for accessibility
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  • height in cm above the symbol
7
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Estonian Maritime Museum – Fat Margaret's Tower

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Fat Margaret's Tower is temporarily closed for renovations.

This museum dedicated to all sea-faring aspects of Estonia’s history is housed in one of Tallinn's fattest cannon towers.

Fat Margaret Tower (Paks Margareeta) and the attached Great Coastal Gate (Suur Rannavärav), two of Tallinn's most impressive defensive structures, stand guard at the north end of Pikk street. They were built not only to defend the city from the seaward side of town, but also to impress any visitors arriving via the harbour.

These days Fat Margaret’s cannon tower is home to the Estonian Maritime Museum, which provides a detailed look at the nation's seafaring past by displaying such things as Neolithic fishing gear, antique diving equipment, and even the entire wheelhouse from a 1950s-era trawler. The extensive museum covers four floors of the historic tower.

From May until September, visitors can take the stairs to the rooftop for a picture-postcard view of the Tallinn harbour and Old Town while enjoying the cold treats from an ice cream café.

The Great Coastal Gate, along with the Viru Gates, are the last of six gates that controlled access to the town in medieval times. The gate system here on Pikk street originated in the 1300s, but it was during reconstruction in the early 16th century that the Fat Margaret cannon tower was added. Built from 1511 to 1530, this hefty, round tower has a diameter of 25 metres, a height of about 20 metres, and walls up to 5 metres thick.

The origins of Fat Margaret's name are a mystery. Some theories insist it was named for one of its larger cannons, while others hint at a cook called Margaret who once worked here.

In any case, the tower has served a number of different functions throughout its history. It has been used a storehouse for gunpowder and weapons, and as a prison.

Entrance is free with Tallinn Card.

Location (map)

Pikk tn 70, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

5.00km

Harbour

1.00km

Train station

0.70km

Bus station

3.00km

Open/ Available

Closed

Fees

Ticket 6.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Family ticket 12.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@meremuuseum.ee

+372 6733 092

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

No accessibility
  • accessibility is restricted
  • object is located on the second or higher floor, only steps for access
  • more than one person's help is needed for accessibility
5cm
High treshold
  • threshold hight over 2,5 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
7
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"A must when in Tallinn Old Town"

4.0

April 23, 2019, by _sinanovic40

Absolutely stunning and charming! Enjoy the medieval atmosphere. The Russian Cathedral is less than 5 minutes away. Read more

"Well kept museum"

4.0

February 14, 2019, by irfanmirza5

This museum gives an idea of all the yachts, boats, submarine, history, and also how the city was protected in the past. Read more

"nice experience"

4.0

January 16, 2019, by Karen K

On more floors, it gives you a nice introduction to the mercantile navigation history with pictures and parts of ships. Top floor nice terrace with view. Read more

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