New museum exhibits you need to see

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New museum exhibits you need to see

Estonia has over 250 museums including the large, small, open-air, indoor, educational, and of course the entertaining. Make your holiday even better by learning something about history, nature,  and innovations. Check out the best new exhibitions opening in Estonian museums this year!


Estonia has a museum for everyone's interest

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Kumu Art Museum


Come and enjoy the new permanent exhibition Identity Landscapes focus on Estonian art between 1700 and 1945. At the Kumu Art Museum,  visitors are introduced to older art, putting it in the context of Estonia's multi-ethnic history where Russian, Germanic, Baltic, and Estonia traditions come together. Come see how art played a role in society and helped to shape people's identities.

Open from 17 February 2021


Opened in 2008, the Kumu Museum is ideal for art lovers

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Estonian National Museum


For the culturally curious, take a visit to one of Estonia's most interactive museums for the photo exhibition 'People are Made of People.' This shows the different Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic people in different parts of history. A special effort was given to show all Samoyedic people as a larger portrait of the group. For those who want to understand more about the distance cousins of Estonian culture in a larger context, this is a must-see.

Open 27 February 2021 - 17 October 2021

Mikkel Museum


The Mikkel Museum is showcasing the work of the Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloa (1870–1945), whose paintings reflect the search for a Spanish identity. The exhibition includes works that focus on Spanish landscapes and everyday people from the time such as beggars, charwomen, travellers, and bullfighters. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Ignacio Zuloa Museum.

Open 10 April 2021 – 05 September 2021

Kadriorg Art Museum


The Kadriorg Art Museum is hosting a stunning exhibition on painters from Flanders (Northern Belgium). The Flemish Golden Age (15th-17th century) was a time of economic prosperity in the region that brought the world artists like Hans Memling, Catharina van Hemessen, Frans Floris, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, whose work you can see here.

Open 23 April 2021 – 31 October 2021


The Kadriorg Museum sits in one of Tallinn's most charming districts

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Tartu Art Museum

If you plan to travel around Tartu, then you have to check out the Tartu Art Museum while you're there. The group exhibition "Untamed" will be showing visitors a selection of contemporary Estonian art from the 90s, 00s, to the present.

Open 15 May 2021—03 October 2021

The Tartu Art Museum is showing the work of Eduard Wiiralt (1898–1954) in the exhibition 'Rendez-vous will Nelly.' It features prints, original drawings, and monotypes from the printmaker who become internationally renowned as one of Estonia's most successful artists.

Open 22 May 2021—03 October 2021

Adamson-Eric Museum

The exhibition 'A touch of Japanese Beauty' puts on full display one of Japan's most beautiful and well-known symbols - the kimono. It explains the meaning of the cut, fabric, patterns, and design and of the garment in Japanese society and their importance. Traditional kimono, accessories, and photographs give visitors an exciting new understanding of Japanese culture.

Open 11 June 2021 - 21 November 2021


The Adamson-Eric Museum shows off art and design from all over the world

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New permanent exhibition: Adamson-Eric.

Adamson-Eric (1902‒1968) remains one of the most brilliant modernist artists in Estonia. He was a talented and exceptionally versatile creator and the new permanent exhibition highlights the artist's versatility, emphasizing his abundance of ideas and dynamic movement across four decades of artistic creation.

Open from 11 June 2021

Estonian Maritime Museum (Seaplane Harbour)

The Estonian Maritime Museum is holding an exhibition dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Juminda called "Hell on the Baltic Sea. Stories from the Juminda Maritime Tragedy". As one of the deadliest naval battles in history, some 15,000 people died in the Baltic Sea, three times as many as Pearl Harbor.

Open 28 August 2021 - 11 September 2022

Estonian Museum of Natural History

The exhibition "Terribly Adorable Bats" will take you through the mysterious lives of one of Estonia's animals - bats. At the Museum of Natural History, you'll have the answer to questions like wh y do bats sleep upside down? and Are bats really blind? The exhibition shows everything about bats like their evolution, diet, migration patterns, and conservation as well as their place in folklore and pop culture. Visitors can come for a walk in the night forest, watch the bat feeding by the lake, visit the winter cave from the comfort of the warm museum room heat, and fly with a bat on a summer night.

The exhibition is open until 30 September 2021

Nows the Time to Vist

While some of these new exhibits are permanent, many will be gone by winter. That means that now's the time to visit. So don't let time slip away, book your visit to one of Estonia's museums soon!

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