TOP 10 interactive museums and theme parks

Source: Ahhaa Science Centre

TOP 10 interactive museums and theme parks

Have fun with the whole family while exploring Estonia’s many exciting museums and theme parks. Here you can listen to the traditional songs of Kihnu islanders, travel back to the ice age, tour an old mining site and embark from a submarine. These and many other fun activities are all included in the list of some of the many must-see interactive museums and theme parks in Estonia.


Seaplane Harbour

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

The most exciting European museum is located in the Seaplane Harbour, where the exhibition in the historical seaplane hangars tells you stories from under the water, on the water and above the water. The dignified icebreaker Suur Tõll stands by the pier; in 2014, it celebrates its 100th birthday. The ship has been restored to its original exterior and interior state. Laevaköök, which serves dishes from a 100-year-old menu of the ship's crew, is open during the summer months. There's a wonderful view overlooking the Port of Tallinn from the Seaplane Harbour. You can end your day on the outdoor terrace of café Maru or in the nautical-themed museum shop.

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Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum)

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

Estonian National Museum (ERM) as a museum of Estonian people helps interpret being Estonian, carry the basic values of the nation, and guard its continuity. For visitors opens, both a material and virtual world, that invites visitors to discover, realize, and become part of it. The museum has two permanent exhibitions. "Encounters" is an exhibition about ordinary Estonian folk who have lived in this country through the ages. "The echoes of Ural" presents the traditional everyday culture of Finno-Ugric and Samoyedic people. In addition to exhibitions, the premises include a cinema and a conference hall, a black box theatre, a café, a restaurant, and museum shop.

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AHHAA Science Centre

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

Want to surprise yourself? The AHHAA Science Centre offers science, excitement, adventure and useful skills, as well as a fun time for everyone. Our centre is an attractive learning environment in which you are bound to learn something new. The majority of our exhibits are 'hands-on', so you can try everything yourself, whether it be the planetarium, the school laboratory pilot programme, creating educational materials or the science theatre. You can even host your own birthday party here, and visit our 4D cinema at the Lõunakeskus shopping centre, which is open every day. See you at AHHAA! Please note: Admission is until 1 hour before scheduled closing time.

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Ice Age Centre (Jääaja Keskus)

Tartu maakond, Äksi alevik

Ice Age Centre welcomes everyone, who is interested in nature, cultural heritage and the environment. Where did the last European mammoths live? What kind of traces did ice age leave in the Estonian nature and cultural heritage? Is the world heading towards a new ice age? How big is your ecological footprint and how does it compare with the footprint of an ice age hunter? You'll find answers to all these questions from the Ice Age Centre. Here, you'll see ice age animals such as mammoths and cave lions. A playground is open for children and we have plenty of things to discover and do, regardless of your age. A yellow National Geographic window near the Ice Age Centre represents Saadjärve area as one of the 21 places in Southern Estonia worth discovering.

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Tallinn Television Tower

Harju maakond, Pirita linnaosa

The Tallinn Television Tower in Pirita is the tallest building in Tallinn and Estonia with 314 metres. The TV Tower is a great tourist, culture and leisure centre. Waiting for you at the tower: a panoramic view from 170 metres, brasserie/restaurant and terrace on the 22nd floor; interactive multimedia solutions that introduce Estonia and Tallinn; view of the ground through the glass floor of the platform; futuristic interior milieu; attractions for children; mini TV studio, gift shop.

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Kohtla Mining Park

Ida-Viru maakond, Kohtla-Nõmme alev

Would you like to get a taste of the life of real coal miners? Then all you have to do is put on your wellies and a warm jacket and take a lamp. Because, where else but underground would you hear, taste and feel the same things as men who toiled underground every day for several decades? Now, Enrichment Factory is also open, demonstrating the journey of oil shale on the ground, explaining how energy is created and what are the future trends in the energy sector. NB! Ticket sale for the underground museum ends 2 hours before the museum is closed. Ticket sale for the Enrichment Factory ends an hour before the closing time.

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Puppet Museum

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

The main part of the Puppetry Centre comprises the musuem of theatre puppets, which uses puppets, words and pictures to tell the story of the history of Estonian and world puppetry. The museum has a room for world puppets, with displays of puppets from the four corners of the globe that use very different technology. In addition to the museum there are also puppet masters' workshops. Did you know...? - One of the innovative solutions the Puppet Theatre uses is information screens based on the multitouch system, which will be familiar to iPhone users - Children aged 3 or younger are admitted free

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Tartu Observatory

Tartu maakond, Tõravere alevik

Tartu Observatory in Tõravere is one of the 21 places worth discovering in Southern Estonia that are marked with a yellow National Geographic window; if you are interested in nature and space technology, visiting those places is highly recommended. At the observatory, you can: * enjoy fascinating tours of the 1.5 metre telescope building and Stellarium * participate in captivating public observation nights * try to communicate with a satellite at the control centre of ESTCube-1  * participate in practical space-related work and experiments * take part in discussion nights with scientists * learn about the space lab and its services * conduct innovative team trainings * organize seminars at the observatory

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Valga Military Theme Park

Valga maakond, Valga

Come and learn about the Paju Battle of the War of Independence on the site where the battle took place. Or would you like to learn more about the past and present of national defence in Estonia? The Military Theme Park includes military vehicles, armoured vehicles, a tank, a bunker of Forest Brothers, a large collection of weapons and many other items. You can test your shooting skills on the shooting simulator. The Theme Park was founded on the initiative of border guards on the premises of the Valga Border Guard Region and was opened in 2000.

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Lottemaa Theme Park - the largest family theme park in Estonia!

Pärnu maakond, Reiu küla

In Lottemaa, over a hundred attractions, thematic houses, pleasant culinary experiences, souvenir shops and a beach are waiting to be discovered. There is enough to be discovered and invented as well as incredibly exciting adventures for the entire family to fill an entire day. Lottemaa, the largest theme park in the Baltic states, is actually Gadgetville located in a lovely forest by the sea; this place is already familiar from Lotte cartoons, musicals and books. Here, you can meet Lotte, Bruno, Albert and other villagers from Gadgetville and play and invent with them. The theme park is located six kilometres from Pärnu, the summer capital of Estonia.

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Last updated : 09.05.2018

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