‘A Seaful of Excitement’, the permanent exhibition
On 11 May 2012, we opened a new exhibition in the historical Seaplane Hangar of the Seaplane Harbour. This three-level world (the underwater, surface and air levels) is meant for the entire family and contains numerous interesting exhibits. The ‘stars’ of the exhibition are the Lembit submarine, a Short 184 seaplane and the Maasilinn ship, one of Estonia’s oldest ship wrecks. Also on display are sail boats, ice boats, historical vessels, a large selection of naval mines and other naval equipment.
In addition to the exhibits there are interactive games, a cinema, a museum shop and Café/Restaurant MARU awaiting you. Outdoors you can visit the steam-powered icebreaker Suur Tõll, other museum ships on the quay (in summer), the children’s playground or just walk by the sea.
Besides the permanent exhibitions, there is almost always a seasonal exhibition in both of our buildings.
See also our seasonal exhibition in the Seaplane Harbour, ‘Vikings: Life Beyond the Legend’.
This main exhibition of the Estonian Maritime Museum is accommodated in a 16th-century artillery tower called Fat Margaret. The tower, once a part of Tallinn’s defence system, hosts a permanent exhibition on four floors and seasonal exhibitions about Estonia’s maritime history: boat and ship building, ports, navigation and lighthouses.
A display of archaic anchors is available in the inner courtyard, and the roof of Fat Margaret tower offers a spectacular view of the port and Old Town. A small coffee corner and a museum shop with souvenirs are open in the foyer.
See also our seasonal exhibition in Fat Margaret, ‘Viking-Era Treasures in Estonia’.
THE SUUR TÕLL
The steam-powered icebreaker Suur Tõll is moored at the quay in the Seaplane Harbour. The oldest and most dignified Estonian museum ship is one of the three steam-powered icebreakers from the early 20th century surviving on the Baltic Sea.
On board you can see the stately officers’ mess-room and captain’s cabin, crew’s quarters, an exhibition about the icebreaker’s history, the engine and boiler room, and much more. Authentic and interesting!
In summer 2015, the remains of a wooden ship were discovered in Tallinn during construction work. The wreck was temporarily named as the Tivoli Cog. A cog was a type of ship, well known in medieval Northern Europe, used for commercial or military purposes. Such ships were big-bellied, had a large cargo hold and in most cases just one mast and one big square sail.
The ship uncovered in Tallinn is approximately 18 metres long, has a flat bottom and was used as a cargo ship in trade with other Hanseatic towns. A number of well-preserved objects were discovered with the ship: leather footwear, axes with preserved wooden handles, remains of textiles, a bag with balls of yarn, a quern used for grinding grain, ceramics, etc. The objects found in the ship are unusually well preserved and their position inside the ship can serve as a basis for describing one-time life on board. This is one of the best-preserved medieval ships, providing us information about old-time navigation and shipbuilding that is available from no other sources.
Due to the state of emergency in the country the museum is closed until may, 1 2020, if not reconsidered sooner. All events during this time period are postponed or cancelled.
International workshop “Opportunities in digital exploration of medieval shipwrecks” will be held in Tallinn, Estonia on 22-23 April 2020. The workshop will be based on a recent find – a medieval cog, unearthed from Tallinn and currently exhibited at Fat Margaret. The aim of the workshop is to discuss, in a practical manner, the digital […]
On March 6, an exhibition “Time Flies over Harbours”, dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Estonian Maritime Museum, was opened in the Seaplane Harbour.