Estonian History Museum — Great Guild Hall

The mediaeval Great Guild Hall has always played an important role in the life of the city. The permanent exhibition at the History Museum "SPIRIT OF SURVIVAL. 11,000 years of Estonian History" (opened in 2011) helps to understand the singularity of the people who have lived in Estonia and introduces historical events that have affected them the most. The exhibition discloses the story of Estonian past through rooms with different topics, such as the Gun Room that tells about wars, the exhibition "Power of the Elite" that talks about the Great Guild and mediaeval trade. You can also see different currencies and take part in historical events in the interactive time capsule.


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  • Tinde_K Tinde_K

    Exciting and visually pleasant museum

    Museum giving information on many aspects of life of guild member in Tallinn. Loads of information on pannels in both English and Estonian, nice collections and breathtakingly beautiful interiors.

  • Claire N Claire N

    Interesting museum in a beautiful building

    Great way to spend an afternoon. Some really interesting exhibits and very educational videos. The building itself is beautiful and well worth a look round on its own.

  • Mick B Mick B

    Museum of Estonian history

    The guild hall itself is a noble space. The history exhibits are youth-oriented ("five questions..." "most famous.?."). The best exhibit is right after the entrance. Good movie about recent history...

Features and amenities


Pikk tänav 17, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

Getting there


  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road

Stops nearby

Bus: Balti Jaam, Viru
Train: Balti Jaam
Tram: Balti Jaam, Viru


59°26'18''N 24°44'42''E | Download GPX file