Patarei Sea Fortress and Prison Museum

The construction of Patarei sea fortress started under the orders of Nicholas I in 1828. After completion, it began operating as an artillery battery. The building covering 4 hectares has had different functions – barracks and a prison.
In order to go on tour of the Patarei prison, prior registration is necessary (for a scheduled tour or for your group). Tour includes history of the sea fortress and prison; prison folklore and myths add spice to the excursion.
Good to know: the sea fortress-prison is cold and damp; floors and staircases are partly worn. Take along something warm to wear and a flashlight if possible; wear comfortable shoes. The prison is pitch-black and dangerous during winters.


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  • DianShan DianShan

    Good to know about the history behind Estonia

    Went with a guided tour for 10€ and it as worth it! The tour was 1 hour and brought us through the prison and a lot of stories behind the prison. Also allowed access to closed off area that public...

  • Ann-Christin G Ann-Christin G

    Scary and interesting

    This was an interesting expercience. It's not a museum, just a crumbling damp prison where you can imagine what life was as a prisoner. There is some kind of art exhibition/installation in a few of...


    Quirky Doesn't Do It Justice

    The most interesting-by-far stop on our hop-on hop-off tour of Tallin. Decrepid old buildings, once a fortificationin the 19th century but served as a prison until 2002. The café has a little beach...

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