Estonian Maritime Museum in Fat Margaret, Tallinn

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Discover Estonia's significant seafaring history at Estonian Maritime Museum in Fat Margaret. The museum is housed in Fat Margaret, a Tallinn defensive tower built in the 16th century as the largest part of the city's fortifications. Exhibits focus on different aspects of Estonia's relationship with the sea, including ship building, shipping, and the lighthouse industry. Climb to the top of Fat Margaret for a sweeping view of the old city and Tallinn harbor. Don't miss the outdoor display of historical ship anchors in the courtyard. Take a look at our Tallinn trip builder website to schedule your visit to Estonian Maritime Museum in Fat Margaret and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • An interesting museum with some really good viking exhibits, but also asa you climb the stairs the past comes forwards through the ages to the modern maritime landscape of Talinn. Worth the climb for ...  more »
  • Tallinn is one of the well known cities in Europe. Both Historical and Commercial sectors come together in Tallinn. Many squares and Monuments that you can see. Many artfully built monuments that you ...  more »
  • A good museum exhibit, not to say that straight shocked but quite informative, especially for someone who is interested in the sea and navigation. It is a pity that did not conduct tours inside the Museum, exhibits begin quickly Pall because quite monotonous and just read about them boring.
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  • The current ground-floor exhibit on finds of ancient Viking burials and such is quite interesting. The maritime section is also cool, but much of it is not in English, as that portion of the museum was created before the fall of the USSR. Beautiful view of the harbor from the roof, as well as coffee and ice cream. Costs (I think) 6€ for adults, less for students and kids.
  • Absolutely fantastic maritime museum in the old seaplane base. Recently and lovingly restored and now a state of the art facility. You get to go inside an Estonian submarine - how many people in the world can say they've done that? A real must if you're in Tallinn.
  • Make sure you get this as party of the Seaplane Harbour tour. It is only 2 Euro additional and with it. Interesting exhibit of Maritime artifacts. Starts with the Vikings and works up to near modern times as you climb the tower.
  • Amazing museum. If visiting only the tower part maybe not so much, but with exposition in the seaplane harbour it's an astonishing experience. They have a submarine that you can actually climb in as well as into some other ships.
  • Great place for every marine-realeted fans.

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As Estonia's largest city, Tallinn has a wide range of options for accommodation during your travels. Many of these--from economical bed and breakfasts to a luxury hotels--center within the Old Town or just outside of it, giving you easy access to historical sights and a range of activities. Get more for your money by venturing a little farther away; try a guesthouse in one of the surrounding areas for an authentic Estonian experience. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if you are traveling in the summer, as hostels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are known to book up fast for the months of July and August. This is especially true for weekends from May through to September.
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