The interesting historical heritage of Tallinn does of course influence the museums. There are a lot of museums in a historical alignment but of course, the Estonian cultural tradition is not forgotten. Several museums expose handicrafts and arts from Estonian ancestors to present artists.
Estonian Open-Air Museum
In the forest park by Kopli Bay, you can stroll around in 79 scenic hectares surrounded by old Estonian buildings from various times and places in Estonia. The museum presents aunique collection of farm buildings, water mills, windmills and much more from all over Estonia. This museum outside the city is a perfect place for picnics and enjoyment. Celebrations of folk holidays are held here in traditional style as well as performance of traditional folk dances. If you wish to participate in Estonian culture and spirit it’s here you can get your needs fulfilled especially when celebrations are about like holydays and similar occasions.
Address: Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12
Kadriorg Art Museum and Kumu Art Museum
The baroque palace in Kadriorg is a home to the Estonian collection of foreign art, but since 2006 the Museum has also another, modern buildnig – at Weizenbergi 34/ Valge 1 – that serves both as a national gallery, displaying the classics of Estonian art, and a contemporary art museum.
Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design
The museum is to be found in an old granary from the late 17th century. The original building served as a storehouse until the early 1970s, when restoration work began. As a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, the collections was founded as early as back in 1919 when Tallinn was a free city. This very local exhibition presents a variety of Estonian art such as bookbinding art, jewellery, leatherwork and much more which can’t be found elsewhere. Temporary exhibitions can be found at the ground floor containing both Estonian and foreign art. The museum is just 5 minutes of easy walk from the Town Hall and the Tallinn Central Railway Station. If you are entering from the harbour, it’s a little longer – about twenty minutes to walk – but you are walking to the museum in beautiful and historical surroundings, so that won’t exhaust you at all.
Address: Lai 17
The art of one of Estonia s most famous and excellent artists can be found on 3, Lühike jalg Street where the museum of this prominent man is located. In a beautiful old house dating from 1542 where coppersmiths and locksmiths resided, the now renovated house is the home for Adamson-Eric since 1984, it was at that time his widow granted about thousand of his works to the Art Museum of Estonia. The museum contains paintings, metal forms, jewellery and ceramic plates; all in all more than 500 different kinds of artworks by Adamson-Eric are displayed here.
Adamson-Eric, born 1902 in Tatu, the second largest city in Estonia, was one of the most important and central persons in the cultural life of Estonia. He dedicated much of his time to applied art but was primary a painter, when he passed away in 1968 after four decades as an artist he made an impression that are going to last in the Estonian consciousness.