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Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel

Photo by: Estonian Maritime Museum

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 355 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

1.10-30.04: Tue-Sun 10-18
1.05-30.09: Mon-Sun 10-19
Closed 23.12, 24.12

Fees

Ticket 10.00€
Child ticket 5.00€
Family ticket 20.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@meremuuseum.ee

+372 641 1408

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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Fully accessible
  • no step
  • treshold up to 2,5 cm
  • ramp gradient max 10%
  • doors width at least 70 cm
Elevator
  • accessible for wheelchair user
  • min dimensions of the lift are: depth 140 cm, width 110 cm, door 80 cm

Museum and Visitor Centre of Fat Margaret, Estonian Maritime Museum

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

Fat Margaret (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

1.10-30.04: Tue-Sun 10-18
1.05-30.09: Mon-Sun 10-19
Closed 23.12, 24.12

Fees

Ticket 10.00€
Child ticket 5.00€
Family ticket 20.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@meremuuseum.ee

+372 641 1408

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Fully accessible
  • no step
  • treshold up to 2,5 cm
  • ramp gradient max 10%
  • doors width at least 70 cm
Elevator
  • accessible for wheelchair user
  • min dimensions of the lift are: depth 140 cm, width 110 cm, door 80 cm
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Recently renovated museum"

4.0

December 9, 2019, by 910helmuthg

The Estonian Maritime Museum has been renovated and opened again just recently. Great location and well arranged inside with numerous ship models from different epoches. Read more

"Unexpected gem! Great place for older children."

4.0

September 25, 2019, by Sarah H

We were staying nearby and were walking past the museum and decided to take a look. We ended up spending most of the day there. Our 11 year old son had a fantastic time with the many interactive... Read more

"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

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