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“Excellent visit”
Review of Niguliste Museum

Niguliste Museum
Ranked #27 of 315 things to do in Tallinn
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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 10 May 2018

This is a deconsecrated church so is not hindered by trying to view in between religious services. It was very quiet when we visited last weekend. I came to see the Bernt Notke's Danse Macabre which is situated at the far end of the building. Unfortuately you cannot get close to it, and can only view from a distance. You could examine the other 15th century altarpeices that were there and they had a very good interactive display which allowed you to look closely at any part of the panels. A must for an art lover.

Thank Lesley S
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

The pre-war photographs show how wonderful it must have been but the simple style is still interesting. The museum is veryb informative, staff veryb helpful and it is so central in the Old Town

Thank SaraBruxelles
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

The original church has an interesting history and has been lovingly restored after the war and the fire in 1982. Some really interesting exhibits of silver work, lovely painted alter screens , fascinating frieze of the death dance from the 15th/16th century. Well worth a vist

1  Thank Leigh-Harrington
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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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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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