NUKU Theatre building

Lai street, which was first mentioned in 1314, has been one of the main streets of Tallinn. This building at the street corner was a hub of social life as early as in the Middle Ages; in the 15 century, it housed the Brandenburg pub. It was first turned into a theatre in the 19 century; the first plays of the first theatre in Tallinn were performed in that house.
The current building was constructed as a club for German nobility on the spot of the former building, which had burned down several times.

NUKU theatre was founded in 1952 by puppet actor Ferdinand Veike; its repertoire includes puppet and drama productions. Next to the theatre is NUKU museum, where you will find unique exhibitions of puppet art and interactive displays.

It belongs in the National Registry of Cultural Monuments.

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  • NH50 NH50
    Norwich Puppet Theatre calls on Tallinn cousin

    Despite the fact the Nuku Puppet Theatre is being rebuilt (reopens November 2016), we Were given a warm welcome at the excellent museum adjacent. The exhibits paint a fabulously rich picture of the...

  • maijamatkaaja2015 maijamatkaaja2015
    Interesting puppet-theatre museum for whole family

    NUKU theatre museum gives an interesting view to puppetry and puppetry in Estonia. Lots of different style puppets, scenography and information about puppetshows in Estonia from 70's to now-a-days...

  • Jonny M Jonny M
    Good way to pass an hour or two

    Interesting find in a lovely area of Tallinn. Staff were super helpful and some displays were pretty cool. Check it out if you have time to kill :)

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