Niguliste Museum and Church. Bernt Notke's 'Dance of Death'

Niguliste tänav 3, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

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Museum located in St. Nicholas' Church (Niguliste) that was built in the 13th century is one of the few museums located in a sacral building.
Enjoy ecclesiastical art in its historical context! Here, you will find medieval gravestones, unique altars and Tallinn’s most famous work of art – a fragment of Bernt Notke’s painting, Danse Macabre. More than 500 years old, the painting depicts the world as seen through medieval eyes, but it remains topical even today. Originally up to 30 metres long, only the first part of the work - one of the most powerful depictions of the Christian world - is extant. Since the painting is not mentioned in the accounts of St Nicholas' church from 1465-1520, it is presumed that it was donated to the church by a wealthy individual or a guild.

In the Silver Chamber, which was opened in the vestry, it is possible to see displays of silverware that belonged to the guilds of the city and the church.
St. Nicholas' Church is a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia; its sacral art exhibition is the largest medieval and early modern ecclesiastical art collection in Estonia.

When booked beforehand, tours in Estonian or English for groups of up to 35 people are available.

Times and prices

Wednesday–sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Monday–tuesday: closed

01.05–31.12

Tuesday–sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Monday closed

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    8 €
  • Family ticket:

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    16 €
  • Pensioner:

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    6 €
  • University student:

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    6 €
  • School student:

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    6 €
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  • Adult:

    from

    8 €
  • Family ticket:

    from

    16 €
  • Pensioner:

    from

    6 €
  • University student:

    from

    6 €
  • School student:

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    6 €
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  • Exact price to be clarified by service provider.

Features and amenities
  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

The Niguliste Museum is located on Harjumäe Hill at the foot of Toompea hill. The grand steeple of St. Nicholas' Church with its Baroque spire is visible from every direction. The church is only a few minutes walk along Harju Street from Town Hall Square or Freedom Square. From Toompea Hill, you can reach St. Nicholas' Church by descending Lühike Jalg Street.

Access
  • Signposted
  • On foot only
Stops nearby
Bus: Vabaduse väljak
Tram: Vabaduse väljak
Trolleybus: Vabaduse väljak
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PBTravelstheWorld

PBTravelstheWorld

Dance of Death painting makes this a world class museum!!!!!

Petite museum that shows medieval art. The large "Dance of Death" painting along the back wall is the best of it's kind in the world and is beautifully presented. It is a reminder that we are all...

JouniE10

JouniE10

Compact museum with some very interesting objects

Niguliste Church is not one of the art museums where you need hours or even days. But this quite compact museum has an exhibition with some of the most beautiful works of medieval art in all Europe...

EileenMtShasta

EileenMtShasta

Wonderful Medieval Art in Huge Church

Really wonderful old church which is huge inside, and has so many interesting and intricate works of medieval art, including the "Dance of Death". I was lucky to come when they happened to be having...

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