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Right in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town, tucked away safely behind the thick walls of a 15th century building, you'll find the priceless collection of Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. The museum introduces visitors to the history of various orders of chivalry by presenting their exquisite badges, stars, and collars--true masterpieces of art and craftsmanship, often lavishly decorated with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. Many are of an immense historical value as they once belonged to emperors, princes and princesses, famous military commanders, presidents, and politicians. Undisputed highlights of the collection include one of the oldest badges of the Order of the White Eagle, which belonged to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, interesting insignia of the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Charles I, several collars of the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, the badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece of the State Chancellor of the Austrian Empire Klemens von Metternich, Britain’s Princess Mary’s star of the Order of the British Empire, and many others. This is probably the only place where one can see the chain of the highest order of North Korea, outside the country. Along with insignia of the oldest orders, such as the Order of Malta, Military Order of Christ, Order of the Garter, Golden Fleece, the Black Eagle, and Alexander Nevsky, there is also insignia of the relatively newly established orders of Africa, Asia, and America. The museum has on permanent exhibit more than 700 pieces of insignia--part of its overall collection, which is constantly expanded. Arrange to visit Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood and other attractions in Tallinn using our Tallinn journey builder tool.
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Interesting and informative collection of (original!) different orders from around the world (mostly european but there are examples of South-American, African and Asian orders as well). The curators.... more
Interesting and informative collection of (original!) different orders from around the world (mostly european but there are examples of South-American, African and Asian orders as well). The curators.... more »
It was one of the most complete museums when it comes to orders and medals from Europe and the rest of the world. The audio guide in English is excellent and very informative. The curators are very...
It was one of the most complete museums when it comes to orders and medals from Europe and the rest of the world. The audio guide in English is excellent and very informative. The curators are very... more »
This museum truly has a fantastic collection on display. The diversity of represented items is also fascinating, as the exhibition also incorporates ceremonial dresses and uniforms alongside the...
This museum truly has a fantastic collection on display. The diversity of represented items is also fascinating, as the exhibition also incorporates ceremonial dresses and uniforms alongside the... more »
This museum is truly awesome! We haven't expected it when we came, but their collection has so many interesting objects that we couldn't fit in the time slot that we planned for visiting, and we are returning again) The museum is well organized, audio guide is interesting, and you don't want to skip anything)) The collection contains valuable originals of orders from different countries and centuries. The first part of the exhibition is organized by the type of the order, for example, Order of the Golden Fleece or Order of the Garter, others are organized by countries or regions. We highly recommend to visit it next time you are un the center of Tallinn!
The museum is really well organized and full of original pieces, mostly medals. The owner is very prepared and speaks english. Perfect for learning about knighthoods around the world. It is quite expensive though.
Hidden gem (pun intended) among many Tallinn museums. The owners are genuinely passionate about the history and treat the guest with utmost hospitality (and a ton of history anecdotes). The collection is exquisite! For my Polish folks: you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of tej White Eagle Order. Ton of knowledge. There are also free audioguides (read by the machine but translated by human). Worth to mention that the admission is free with Tallinn Card.
Very interesting museum. Large collection of medals from orders across the globe. Small masonic collection also, worth a visit if you like history
It's a bit pricey but well worth the visit with the Tallinn card as that cuts prices overall by quite a lot I didn't think I'd spend close to an hour in just three rooms with medals but I did because the collection (which are all original) is actually quite big and there is a lot to take in. This should be a wonderful experience for those interested in history, decorative art and for all lovers of beauty. They have an audio guide that I didn't use but could add more background to the whole thing. The lady there is very considerate, obviously wants the visitors to leave more knowledgeable than they came in
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