Niguliste Museum, Tallinn

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Housed in a former medieval-era church, Niguliste Museum hosts primarily religious artwork. While the church dates back to the 13th century, the museum didn't open until after World War II. Now the facility features a collection of hundreds of pieces, with an emphasis on the Northern Renaissance. As you wander the halls, admire centuries of ecclesiastical art from around Europe. You'll see several paintings and panels that once adorned altars. Don't miss what is perhaps the museum's most important piece: a fragment of the "Dance of Death" painting, which displays various medieval depictions of death. Check the website for information on temporary exhibits. Use our Tallinn trip itinerary maker site to arrange your visit to Niguliste Museum and other attractions in Tallinn.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Nice old church with a courtyard and a nice gift shop! Not much interesting stuff to see to be honest but the Danse Macabre is really rather special and well worth seeing (even worth the 7 Euro admiss...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Very beautiful church, such a peaceful yard to walk around a little, and great street behind it with beautiful houses. Interior not very interesting to me though.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Unlike the other churches we came across in Tallinn and Helsinki, this church is no longer used for religious services. It's now employed as a museum and venue for hire. The building itself has a fasc...  more »
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  • May 16, 2017
    Very interesting medieval church in Old Town. There is also a museum located here. Both are work checking out. They also make a useful landmark for navigating.
  • March 25, 2017
    Talin is such a great city to Visit and a truly Medieval atmosphere
  • March 2, 2017
    Fantastic painted wooden depiction of 'The Dance Macabre'. A must see.
  • November 26, 2016
    A pretty much unique museum in a medieval church. An interesting part of the exhibition is dedicated to the restauration of historical artifacts; currently, it is actually possible to see the live restaurers at work. The focus of the museum is an altarpiece by Hermann Rode, which has a counterpart in Lübeck, and you can find a lot of comparative information also in digital form. A pretty nice museum shop is included.
  • December 9, 2016
    Lovely 30' visit. Mediaval church, where everyone rushes to the famous Danse Macabre painting (by Notke), but where you can also enjoy the medieval church itself, some interesting sculptures.. and you can see the ladies from the art restauration department at work ...

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