Publications of the Estonian Maritime Museum

Research Publications
Estonian Maritime Museum Journal, 7, ‘Suur Tõll – muuseumlaev või laevmuuseum?’ [The Suur Tõll: A museum ship or a ship museum?], 2014
Estonian Maritime Museum Journal, 6, 2012
Estonian Maritime Museum Journal, 5, 2006
Estonian Maritime Museum Journal, 4, 2004
Estonian Maritime Museum Journal, 3, 2002
Estonian Maritime Museum Journal, 2, ‘Allveelaev ajaloomälestisena’ [Submarine as a historical monument], 2001
Estonian Maritime Museum Journal, 1, ‘Aurulaev ajaloomälestisena’ [Steamship as a historical monument], 1999

Other Printed Material

Viking-Era Treasures in Estonia

The book ‘Viikingiaja aarded Eestist’ (‘Viking-Era Treasures in Estonia’) presents new facts and interesting conclusions about the Viking era in Estonia. A couple of centuries before our ancient fight for freedom, a number of Estonian regions flourished economically. Riches accumulated here because of the trade routes along Estonia’s coast and rivers that were used to connect Scandinavia with Kiev and Constantinople.
The book was written by archaeologist Mauri Kiudsoo of the Tallinn University Archaeological Research Collection and published in cooperation between the Estonian Maritime Museum and Äripäev Publishers.


Icebreaker Suur Tõll

A study of the history of Estonia’s oldest museum ship provides a review of the crew’s everyday life, technical aspects and interior design of the icebreaker. The book contains unpublished original drawings, photos, extracts from documents and a crew list from the period of 1922–1940.

The book, co-authored by Mihkel Karu, Priit Lätti and Teele Saar, researchers of the Estonian Maritime Museum, will be published in cooperation between the Maritime Museum and ARGO Publishers, and will be available in Estonian, English and Finnish.


Tallinn’s Seaplane Hangar: from plane shed to museum (Vesilennukite angaar – lennukuurist muuseumiks)

This book is a collection of writings on the long history of the Seaplane Harbour area and the Seaplane Hangar. The history of the area and the building is described through different periods. The book was compiled by architectural historian Mihkel Karu and the texts were written by professor Karl Õiger, Oliver Orro, Robert Treufeldt, Toomas Türk, Maris Mändel, Artur Ümar, Carl-Dag Lige and Mihkel Karu.

The book is a summary about the almost century-long history of one of the most unique buildings in Estonia, the Seaplane Hangar, designed and built in 1916−1917 by the Danish company Christiani & Nielsen, and highlights its remarkability in the history of architecture and engineering. The book consists of six main chapters, complemented by additional articles to open the historical and thematic background. The chapters describe the construction of Peter the Great’s naval fortress and the hangar, the fate of the Seaplane Harbour Area in 1920–1940 and 1940–1990, the complicated history of the area in the 1990s, and the extensive renovation in 2010–2012. The additional articles, touching on the uniqueness of the Hangar in terms of engineering, the Patarei building in its vicinity and the use of concrete in the history of Estonian architecture, are aimed at placing the building in a wider context. The texts are accompanied by a comprehensive selection of historical and modern photos that had been previously unpublished for the most part.
The book was published in late 2014 in the Estonian language, and in spring 2015 in English and Russian. It can be purchased in the museum shops of the Seaplane Harbour and Fat Margaret tower.


Kilulinna kokaraamat [Cookbook of the Sprat City]

The catalogue of ‘Tallinn, the Sprat Capital’ exhibition by the Estonian Maritime Museum offers a review of the history of sprat fishing and processing. This book is also for those who have had no contact with fishing or fish processing before. Since the exhibition catalogue is also a cookbook, it contains a number of tongue-tempting recipes, both historical and modern. Foodies will learn, among other things, how to make sprats in oil at home, and history enthusiasts can read about the development of Estonian fish-processing enterprises until 1940. The book was written by Teele Saar and Raili Mikk. Kilulinna kokaraamat was published in 2014 by the Estonian Maritime Museum in cooperation with Ajakirjade Kirjastus.


Museum is closed

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.

13. March

Maritime Museum organizes an international workshop

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 […]

11. March

Video installation of harbours is open in the Seaplane Harbour

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.

10. March

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