Preservation and Study

The Estonian Maritime Museum aims at preserving and conveying knowledge that contributes to opening maritime history. The museum’s researchers and collection managers are engaged in gathering, preserving and studying maritime history, preparing exhibitions and participating in maritime-related research projects.

The Maritime Museum’s collection activities are based on the Estonian Museums Act and the Collection Programme.

The following topics of collection are prioritised by the Maritime Museum:

  • Works on board the ship and in port
  • Ports
  • Navigation/shipping lines
  • Shipbuilding/repairs
  • Maritime education
  • Everyday life of sailors
  • Maritime organisations
  • Expatriate Estonian maritime affairs
  • Events related to maritime history
  • Seaplaning
  • Naval affairs
  • Watercraft

Read more about the Maritime Museum’s collections policy HERE.
If you have an object, photo or memory to offer to the Estonian Maritime Museum, please contact RUTH RISTMÄGI, Head of Collections Management, by calling +372 680 7730 or emailing to


Exhibition on 100 ships of Estonia

The exhibition ‘100 years on water. The ships of Estonia 1918–2018’ was opened in the Seaplane Harbour. It introduces 100 ships that played an important role in the history of Estonia, including sailing ships, steamers, warships, passenger ships, and cargo ships.

20. March

Exhibition ‘Communism in its Time’ in our gunpowder magazine

In the framework of the memorial conference “The Heritage in 21st Century Europe of the Crimes Committed by Communist Regimes” organized by the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Estonia in the framework of the Estonian Presidency in the Council of the European Union the exhibition “Communism in its Time” is to be opened in the Maritime Museum gunpowder magazine (Uus st. 37).

24. August

Rescue Helicopter Arrived to Seaplane Harbour!

On 24 March 2017 we are going to open an exhibition about search and rescue titled “MAYDAY.MAYDAY.MAYDAY”. In the wee hours of 16 November one of the most important exhibits already arrived to our premises: the rescue helicopter MI-8.

21. November

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