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Mikkel Museum, Tallinn

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The Mikkel Museum is a branch of the Art Museum of Estonia, located in Kadriorg park in Tallinn. It displays a collection of mainly Western art and ceramics, and Chinese porcelain, donated by art collector Johannes Mikkel in 1994.HistoryThe museum was founded to house the art collection of Johannes Mikkel, who in 1994 had donated his collection of foreign art to the Art Museum of Estonia. Johannes Mikkel (1907 - 2006) came from southern Estonia, studied various subjects (including art) at the University of Tartu and worked, after World War II, in Tallinn as a manager in several antique shops. Through his vast network he was able to assemble the collection of the present museum. In 1996, the former kitchen building (built 1754) of nearby Kadriorg Palace, where the Art Museum of Estonia's main collection of foreign art is displayed, was renovated to house the Mikkel collection.CollectionThe museum contains about 600 objects. The nucleus of the collection is the large amount of Western graphic art from the 16th to 19th centuries, with a special focus on the Dutch Golden Age. The part of the collection devoted to graphics include works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain, Adriaen van Ostade, Jacob van Ruisdael and Félicien Rops. A substantial part of the collection is also devoted to paintings from roughly the same time span; painting by Melchior d'Hondecoeter and Jean François de Troy could be mentioned, as well as a portrait from the studio of Anthony van Dyck.
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  • July 28, 2017
    This is a small but quite interesting art galkery/museum in Kadriorg Park. Personally I would not think it worth making the trip to Kadriorg just to see this gallery and not worth the entrance fee unl...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    In kadriorg Park not much entertainment, so even small Mikkel Museum suitable for the visit. Time to pick up a bit and take pleasure. There is a directory in Russian detailing works. It turned out pretty interesting browsing details on statues. The general impression is good.
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  • June 15, 2017
    Art collector says Estonia Mikkel donated to the country is like. It is located just beside the Palace building was originally a Palace kitchen. I the Palace Museum here and was in the KUM KUM set ticket bought, but.
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  • February 6, 2017
    Having bought tickets for both the Mikkel Museum and the Kadriorg Palace and Art Museum (across the road) at the Kadriorg Palace, the impossibly unhelpful gentleman on the desk refused us entry and made no effort to assist. Having been immersed in Estonian history and culture it was disappointing we couldn't continue it.
  • November 5, 2014
    Authentic objects. Fair legends. Historically correct explanations. Nice space. Very good quality local memory. The collection has its intrigue that can be evolved into many ways. Basically, two main intrigues: - Japanese Geisha figurine that has a KGB aura of conspiracy around it; - 'Fayum' portrait identity. I would not dare to juge the authentity of this work, but the very legend around seems to be very productive. Jelena Grigorjeva, PhD expert in semiotics
  • September 15, 2015
    A small museum worth a visit only if you bought a combined ticket in kadriorg, Kumu and here.
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