Museums in Tallinn
The exhibition halls and archives of Museum of Estonian Architecture are placed in Rotermann’s Salt Storage, a magnificent industrial building near Tallinn harbour. The Museum has spacious exhibition hall of 484 square meters and two galleries of 161 square meters above it. The basement is also used for exhibitions and art events.
Historical documents from 1542 mention a citizen’s house situated at the corner of Luhike jalg and Ruutli Street. In the Middle Ages it is known to have housed workshops of coppersmiths and locksmiths.
The Art Museum of Estonia was founded on November 17, 1919, but it was not until 1921 that it got its first permanent building — the Kadriorg Palace, built in the 18th century. In 1929 the palace was expropriated from the Art Museum in order to rebuild it as the residence of the President of Estonia.
Originally standing a mere 300m from the sea, Fat Margaret (built 1510 - 1529) once guarded the entrance to Tallinn's busiest street. Built as apart of city defence system after incarnations as a barracks and prison, the cannon tower now houses the Maritime Museum (Eesti Meremuuseum, founded 1935).
The Estonian History Museum began to evolve in the 19th century when interest in history increased explosively. The very first private museum in Estonia grew out of a collecting hobby: Town Council chemist Johann Burchart established his Mon Faible (my weakness) in 1802. His collection is still one of the most attractive parts of present museum.
The best way to get to The Applied Art Museum is to walk: it is less than 5 minutes walk from the Town Hall Square, 5 minutes walk from the Tallinn Central Railway Station and less than 20 minutes walk from the Tallinn Port.