The Museum

The Estonian Maritime Museum is the institution for collecting, preserving, studying and presenting Estonian maritime culture (maritime history). Our mission is to promote knowledge about, respect for and love of the sea.

The Museum was founded in Tallinn on the initiative of former captains and sailors in 1935. During its long history, the museum has moved on a number of occasions and since 1981, its main exhibition is located in the 500-year-old Fat Margaret tower in Tallinn Old Town. In May 2012, the Maritime Museum opened another exhibition place at the Seaplane Harbour.

Today, the Maritime Museum is one of the largest museums in Estonia, and the most popular one — particularly thanks to the Seaplane Harbour exhibition.

The Seaplane Hangars at the Seaplane Harbour accommodate the Lembit submarine, built in 1937 by the British Vickers–Armstrongs shipyard; a Short 184 seaplane; the Maasilinn ship (i.e. the oldest sunken ship discovered in Estonia’s waters); and numerous other genuine items, like sail ships, boats and naval mines. Besides that, there are the MARU restaurant and a museum shop, cinema rooms, simulators, children’s area and much more. In parallel with the permanent exhibition, the museum offers various seasonal exhibitions on maritime affairs or maritime history.

There is a playground for children and a functioning port in the outdoor space, which also hosts the Suur Tõll icebreaker and other museum ships.

The Fat Margaret cannon tower invites the guests to a trip into the history of Estonian seafaring and fishing from prehistoric to modern times. The exhibition is divided between four floors, and the visitors can also go to the roof terrace, which offers a splendid view of the passenger harbour, the city centre and rooftops of the Old Town.

The exhibition includes over 100 nice ship models, from old sail ships to modern freighters and passenger ships.

News

Lootsi cog, which turned out to be one of the largest in Europe, will arrive at the Seaplane Harbour

At midnight on 4 July, one of the largest medieval shipwrecks in Europe, which was discovered during the construction of the Lootsi Street office building, will arrive at the Seaplane Harbour, where the Estonian Maritime Museum will conserve and exhibit it.

05. July

Opening hours on 23–26 June 2022

On Victory Day (June 23) and Midsummer’s Day (June 24), our museum buildings and ships are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday  (June 25) and Sunday (June 26), you can visit them at regular times – from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Café Mini Maru at the marina is open every day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. […]

22. June

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Bookings:+372 6200 550 (Mon–Fri 9–17), except on national holidays
booking@meremuuseum.ee
Vesilennuki tee 6, Tallinn

Open Mon–Sun 10–19; August 20th 10-17

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