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“A surprising and fascinating museum”
Review of Niguliste Museum

Niguliste Museum
Ranked #27 of 318 things to do in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Founded in the first half of the 13th century, this church was dedicated to St. Nicholas, the patron saint of merchants and seafarers, remained active as a place of worship until World War II and reopened in 1984 as a subsidiary of the Art Museum of Estonia.
Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

We went to the Niguliste Museum at the end of a day, it is worth allowing more time. There is a display of many master craftsmen’s pendants, there are remarkable. In addition the organ was playing while we were there, it was superb.
Interesting paintings, including a “Danse Macabre” and tombstones.
I would go again

1  Thank Pierre J
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"religious art"
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"danse macabre"
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"st nicholas church"
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"altar piece"
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"on display"
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"silver collection"
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"reflective glass"
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"alter pieces"
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"original church"
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"nice gift shop"
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"bombing raids"
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"outstanding collection"
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"religious services"
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"no flash"
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"entrance fee"
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"lovely church"
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"concert hall"
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Plan your trip carefully as the museum is closed on Mondays And Tuesdays.

Since its rebuilding post almost total destruction at the end of WW2, and a subsequent unfortunate fire several decades later, it now hosts a museum.
The displays are a mixture of various religious relics recovered from the ruins, plus some interesting displays of items from the era of the Guilds up until their decline in the early 20th century.

They do have pop up exhibitions and the current one ( until April 2018) is 5 recently discovered "mystery" paintings that have come to light in recent times. The explanations are well described in several languages, as are most of the other exhibits.

One of the highlights is the Danse Macabre tapestry which dates to gothic times and is fairly well preserved

The entry fee is fairly steep for the exhibition

Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

I was really impressed both by the church and by its main masterpiece, The Danse Macabre by Notke. This place is pretty deserted and nobody will disturb you.

Currently they have a collection of silver artworks and 5 forgotten paintings on display. They are definitely worth seeing, especially the one with Lazarus covered with bleeding sores. Creepy Medieval stuff!

Tips: entrance fee is €6 with discounts for kids and students; you may leave your backpack in a locker. It is free and lady keeper will provide you with a token.

2  Thank Elle_Ventrouge
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

This church is a full-time museum with various part- time exhibitions and the constantly present Dance Macabre. It is very difficult to enjoy, however, as the protective shielding is totally unsuited for its task. I hope that the museum will find the resources to display the masterpiece as is deserving of it.

2  Thank bbtraveller404
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Reviewed 16 December 2017

I visited this church to see Bernt Notke's amazing gothic Dance Macabre Tapestry. This was something which I was really looking forward to in my trip to Tallinn. So it didn't bother me that we had to pay an entrance fee for the church. It also didn't bother me that as we were looking around the church, the church member of staff followed us around like a KGB agent. But what did bother me was how poorly Bernt Notke's Masterpiece was on display. The tapestry is absolutely amazing and is displayed on the main part of a wall. But it is put on display very poorly behind a reflective plastic/glass cover. Which shows a lot of the reflections of the display lighting. So it is rather difficult to make out and see and appreciate this amazing masterpiece. They have obviously never heard of museum quality non reflective glass. Photography is allowed within the church with no flash, however tripods are not allowed. But I took a Joby Gorillapod with me and they were OK with that. And thankfully using that, I was able to extract a fairly decent HDR image of the tapestry. The Danse Macabre is an amazing piece to see. It would just be great if they would just do it some justice and display it better.

2  Thank J C
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