Estonian Maritime Museum

Estonian Maritime Museum
Eesti Meremuuseum

Exposition of the Estonian Maritime Museum
Established 23 February 1935 (1935-02-23)
Location Pikk 70, Tallinn, Estonia
Coordinates 59°26′33″N 24°44′59″E / 59.442591°N 24.749644°E / 59.442591; 24.749644
Type Maritime museum
Collection size 84,697
Visitors 403,400 (2014)[1]
Director Urmas Dresen
Public transit access Linnahall, TLT
EML M414 Kalev

The Estonian Maritime Museum (Estonian: Eesti Meremuuseum) is located in the Fat Margaret tower in the old town of Tallinn. The museum presents history of ships and navigation in Estonia and related to Estonia. Other parts of the Maritime Museum are the mine museum and the Seaplane Harbour where museum ships are presented.[2]

Fat Margaret

Fat Margaret tower.

Fat Margaret (also known in German as Dicke Margarethe) was built in the early 16th century (from 1511 to 1530) during the reconstruction of the medieval city gate system. The etymology of the tower's name derives from the fact that it was the largest part of the city's fortifications with walls measuring 25 metres in diameter, 20 metres in height and up to 5 metres thick. Apart from being a fortification against would-be invaders to the port of the town, it was also built to impress outside visitors arriving by sea.[3]

The tower is a defensive structure at the end of Pikk tänav (Pikk Street). Together with the Suur Rannavärav (Great Coastal Gate), a sixteenth-century arch flanked by two towers, it served to defend the harbour of Tallinn. Later, it was used as a storehouse for gunpowder and weapons, and then transformed into a prison, and was the scene of an outbreak of violence during the 1917 Revolution, when the prison guards were murdered by a mob of workers, soldiers and sailors.

The tower now serves a more peaceful function of housing the Estonian Maritime Museum which looks at the nation's seafaring history with a collection of nautical paraphernalia that spreads over four stories and a view of the old town and Tallinn's harbour and bay from its rooftop viewing platform.


Present exhibits include [2]

See also


  1. "Meremuuseum tegi järjekordse külastajate rekordi" (in Estonian). ERR. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Eesti Meremuuseum". 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  3. "Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret tower". Retrieved 15 March 2012.

Coordinates: 59°26′33″N 24°44′59″E / 59.4425906°N 24.7496438°E / 59.4425906; 24.7496438

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