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Great Guild Hall, Tallinn

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Marvel at the medieval architecture and explore one of Tallinn's important historic sites at Great Guild Hall. A prime example of Gothic style, the building dates back to the early 15th century--it served as the center of the city's guild of merchants and artisans. Today, the hall is fully restored and houses the Estonian History Museum. The permanent exhibit showcases the city's and country's history as well as the cultural heritage of the Estonian people. You can stroll through the chambers once frequented by Tallinn's wealthy traders, see historical artifacts, take part in many interactive educational activities, or shop for souvenirs. The admission fee includes an audio guide, and you can make a reservation ahead of time if you want a guided tour. To visit Great Guild Hall and get the most from your holiday in Tallinn, create itinerary details personal to you using our Tallinn day trip planning app.
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Great Guild Hall reviews

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  • Entry was free on a thursday. The museum tells the history of the Guild. Some very interesting objects on display including a signed letter by Luther. 
    Entry was free on a thursday. The museum tells the history of the Guild. Some very interesting objects on display including a signed letter by Luther.  more »
  • This was the very first museum that I visited in Tallinn. The Receptionist was friendly and let us know that entry is free on May 18, 2023 due to the celbration of Museums Intenational Day. I... 
    This was the very first museum that I visited in Tallinn. The Receptionist was friendly and let us know that entry is free on May 18, 2023 due to the celbration of Museums Intenational Day. I...  more »
  • There is no common theme here, but you can also look at it generously as a smorgasbord where most people can at least find something engaging. There is a sweeping, historical video near the... 
    There is no common theme here, but you can also look at it generously as a smorgasbord where most people can at least find something engaging. There is a sweeping, historical video near the...  more »
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  • For me the exhibition here lacked a guiding narrative. Some elements were really interesting, but everything was a bit random and not comprehensively going through the history of Estonia. I recommend much more a visit to the Tallinn City Museum.
  • An eclectic museum, which won't suit everyone. Even still, with the Tallinn card it was worth a visit. They do have some good exhibitions, on different levels
  • This is a quirky museum of the Estonian nation that is worth going to and checking out if in Tallinn. The emphasis of the museum is on the earlier periods of Estonia, rather than the modern history, and perhaps the best collections are the old weaponry (with interspersed modern weapons) in the cellars. You will get a good sense of where the Estonian people emerged from. The money section of the museum is also very interesting, and there is a fascinating comparison of the prices of different goods over time. Don't miss it. One big, very strange omission was any mention of the Holocaust in Estonia. Despite mentions of occupation and WWII, the Holocaust in Estonia was not mentioned AT ALL. This is a strange historical (and moral) omission. Aside from that, this is worth a visit. There is also a weird but interesting exhibit on Freemasonry in Estonia, which feels hilariously propagandistic, but is also worth checking out. Enjoy.
  • The main exhibit was closed and the rest seemed disjointed. The weapon room was great, the random artifact room with Egyptian stuff was also cool but didn't relate to anything, and the biggest exhibit open was just about the history of the building itself.
  • Opened on a Monday specially for our group. Displays from the long history of Estonia. Once the center of medieval economic life in Tallinn, the building is 500 years old

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