Attractions & museums

    Tallinn City Life Museum

    Housed in a 14th century merchant house, this comprehensive museum provides an excellent introduction to Tallinn’s history.

    It covers all the vital aspects of the city’s past and its development. Various sectors of medieval society are explained using a combination of texts, artefacts, life-sized models and sound effects. High-quality displays on the upper floors are devoted to 20th-century life, its turbulent wars, Soviet occupation, and finally Estonia’s re-independence.

    Free entrance with Tallinn Card

    TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

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    based on 271 reviews

    • Solid overview of Tallinn with some unique topics thrown in for… fun?

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      May 29, 2022 By midway42

      Founded in 1937 and currently housed in a 14th century medieval merchant’s house, Tallinn’s City museum has expanded over the years to encompass numerous outlying sites. Its main post, however... Read more comments

    • Staff helpful

      tripadvisor rating 3 of 5
      April 29, 2022 By advcards

      Good representation of the city, lots of little artifacts and stories. A little hard to get it all translated into English. Overall this could be one year skip.

    • Tallinn's history on 3 floors

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      September 27, 2021 By Fudgemellow

      This museum was a nice surprise. It gave us a good overview of Tallinn's history. There's an open depot in the basement which houses a lot of items. There are also interesting temporary exhibitions... Read more comments