TOP 10 interactive museums and theme parks

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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.

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Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum)

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

The Estonian National Museum as a museum of Estonian people helps to interpret what it means to be an Estonian and preserves the fundamental values of the nation and its continuity. It opens both a material and virtual world that invites visitors to discover and become part of it. The museum has two permanent exhibitions. The Encounters exhibition is a journey that brings together people who have lived here at different times and allows the visitors to take part in their daily activities. In addition, the permanent exhibition includes 11 thematic exhibitions, including The Language Brew and Man and the Environment . The Echoes of Ural presents the traditional everyday culture of Finno-Ugric people.

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Fine-art photography centre Fotografiska Tallinn

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

Fotografiska is an internationally recognised museum of photography with its roots in Stockholm. It is a meeting place for art, good food, music, design, and open mindsets. The concept of the Fotografiska Tallinn Photography Museum includes an exhibition and event area, a café, a restaurant, and a fine-art photography shop. The first Fotografiska was opened in Stockholm in 2010. After Tallinn, the museum will visit New York and London.

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3

Experience Centre Tuuletorn

Hiiu maakond, Käina alevik

The experience centre Tuuletorn offers many exciting activities for the whole family. Throughout the year, you can discover Hiiumaa and, of course, the beautiful idyll of the island through various animations, games, and exhibitions. The centre has a special floor dedicated to kids who can play on the playground and test their skills. For adrenaline-seekers, the centre has the tallest indoor climbing wall in the Baltics, 20 m high, with 11 different routes.

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4

Narva Museum

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

Narva Museum today – it is the Narva Castle, the Northern Yard, and the Art Gallery. These are more than architectural monuments, as the castle and the gallery also have exhibition halls. The new exhibition of Narva castle opens in summer 2020 and talks about the history of Narva from the 13th century until the beginning of the 20th century. In 1991, the Art Gallery was opened. This allowed the museum to host Estonian and foreign art exhibitions in addition to displaying its own art collection. The Northern Yard is how Narva Museum interprets the district of artisans dating from the 17th century. Currently, there are four historical craft workshops for everyone who is interested. Narva Museum is exciting for the entire family!

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5

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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Family-friendly Activity Centre Thule Koda in Kuressaare

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

Thule offers protection from the winds! The expositions of the Alternative History Musesum of Thule Koda introduce the world-historical role of Saaremaa as the Ultima Thule. The mythical journey of the ancient Greek explorer Pytheas can be enjoyed through various expositions and games. The exhibits are humorous and somewhat self-ironic and their motto is ‘Don't believe everything that you see!’ The stylish and comfortable Thule Hall and private and cosy Kaali Hall in the THULE CINEMA offer a versatile programme for both young and old guests. The café serves light meals and drinks.

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7

Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

We tell the story of Estonia and Estonians through personal memories and moving stories of our grandmothers and grandfathers. On your journey through the museum, you will be accompanied by an e-guide in Estonian, Russian, English, Finnish, German, French, or Spanish, which will lead you to an inclusive and reflective journey on the trails of the recent past. The e-guide is included in the ticket price. In addition, Vabamu has an engaging family level specifically designed for children with a smart family e-guide. The exhibition is accessible to people with hearing, visual, and mobility impairments.

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8

Estonian Police Museum

Lääne-Viru maakond, Rakvere

The Estonian Police Museum gives your whole family the chance to experience the work of police in a fun way for themselves. Here, you can test your reaction times at the wheel of a car, try on a police uniform, take someone’s fingerprints, become a team member of the Special Unit or a specialist in a pre-trial forensic lab (dissect a heart or identify the murder weapon), measure speed on the streets, and much more. Children can have fun in the Children’s Museum and in the courtyard (a skill track, electric cars, a helicopter, a motorcycle, a police department). We guarantee an exciting day for the whole family!

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9

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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10

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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Kumu Art Museum

Harju maakond, Kesklinna linnaosa

Kumu is the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia and the largest and most representative exhibition place in Estonia. In 2008, Kumu won the title of European Museum of the Year. This is a significant international recognition of Kumu’s ambition to be a truly contemporary art museum and a space for active spiritual activity, from educational programmes for young children to discussions on the nature and meaning of art in the modern world. Kumu’s permanent exhibition introduces Estonian art from the beginning of the 18th century until 1991, and the changing exhibitions also include international and contemporary art. Good to know: Kumu calendar

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Last updated : 09.05.2018

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