Seaplane Harbour, Tallinn

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Explore Estonia's maritime history at Seaplane Harbour, a museum that features a World War II-era submarine and many other ocean-related artifacts. Themed exhibits spread out over three floors tell of Estonia's strong relationship with the sea. Each floor pertains to a specific sector of maritime or naval history, focusing on the air, the sea, and beneath the sea. Seize the chance to see an icebreaker ship, a pre-World War II seaplane, and the recovered wreck of a 16th-century sailing ship. You can try your hand at piloting a plane, ship, or submarine yourself on one of the museum's simulators. Don't miss climbing aboard and seeing the inner workings of the Lembit, a submarine built in 1936 that served with the Soviet and then Estonian navies until 2011. To visit Seaplane Harbour on your trip to Tallinn, use our Tallinn road trip app .
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  • After visiting in Tallinn we decided to visit this museum. And really no regrets. Very well done, with things to test, the Sub is beautiful inside.
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  • This museum is fantastic. The architecture of this former sea building hangar is exploited fabulously to offer one of the most modern museum's I have ever visited. Plenty of things to do for the kids ...  more »
  • We can say that our visit to Tallinn started this museum. Large beautiful and well cared for. The star of the Museum is the submarine Lembit that for over 80 years has been serving the local marina. Besides this there are many attractions and interactive activities for children and for older kids. Culturally it really deserves for what he do with the sea from shipping, passing by the component until the rescue on the high seas component bélica, all in a modern and very well taken care of. Family ticket costs, 28 euros. Not to be missed.
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  • A very enjoyable museum even for adults and people who are not usually maritime enthusiasts. I bought the €16 ticket which also grants access to the other part of the Estonian Maritime Museum in Fat Margaret Tower (less than 2 km away) which I plan to visit on another occasion, so this review is only about the Seaplance Harbour. The most interesting parts for me were the submarine Lembit (inside the museum) and the ice breaker Suur Tõll (docked outside in the water). I love the setup of the whole place - it is basically a huge plane hangar encompassing a bridge which divides the space into several levels. There is also a smaller steeper bridge at the far side of the building but unfortunately, it is only accessibe during a guided tour; nevertheless, the views from the main bridge were still breath-taking. I appreciated the variety of interactive displays, some were even virtual reality experiences; however, be prepared to queue for these activities if you visit during the weekend. The waiting time wasn't helped by some of the displays being out of service; for example, there were 2 flight simulators but only 1 of them was operational. The temporary exhibition 'Mayday' was also great - you got to go inside a real rescue helicopter. There was a small cafe called Maru inside the museum, we only stopped for a quick drink but it seemed quite nice with both hot and cold dishes, desserts etc. The gift shop had several unique sea-themed souvenirs. Highly recommend this place, even just to be able to see the actual museum building itself which is beautiful and unique.
  • An interesting collection of militaria, in a unique building. The interior is inexplicably dark, making photography difficult, but it has a great underwater feel.
  • This is a very cool museum complete with a large variety of full sized sea vessels and parts. The interior museum has a modern design and the addition of interactive displays that can send more information to your email via key card and touch screen kiosks. You can climb aboard a submarine or ice breaker. The current addition of the new Viking exhibit alone is worth the price of admission.
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  • A good place for an interesting paddock
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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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