Estonian Jewish Museum
Estonian Jewish Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Jewish Community of Estonia exists from the beginning of the 19th century, although the first Jew was mentioned already in 1333. The museum tells the life of Estonian Jews from the 19th century to present days and shows their contribution to Estonian life.
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  • Brian
    1 contribution
    Concise, to the point, and educational
    I wtote ahead of time that I was coming and had the luxury of a private tour in English by the Head of the Museum, Mr. Gramberg, who was most accommodating and generous with his time. The museum (which is for the large part not in English) is well organized in a chronology of the Jewish people of Estonia. Digital guides are available. It is appears small enough to cover everything in 30 minutes, but the stories and explanations kept my attention for hours.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 February 2023
  • Sarah G
    3 contributions
    Fascinating and informative
    This was a fascinating exploration of a community that developed mid 19th century, was wiped out even before Wannsee, and has reestablished itself not just with a synagogue but also a school - essential for flourishing. The exhibits are in Estonian and Russian but the English audio guide was comprehensive and we also had an excellent tour by the director. We were on the trail was of forebears who left Tartu for Glasgow in 1891 and learned useful stuff. I’m sorry Karen (2019) experienced the reception as hostile - sadly Jewish communities across Europe have to be very careful about security these days. Perhaps a notice on the gate would help visitors?
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2022
  • Darja I
    Cambridge, United Kingdom2 contributions
    A must see
    This is a very interesting place indeed. The unique exposition sheds light on the generally rather unknown part of the Jewish history in Estonia. I particularly enjoyed the central part on religion. Nice archival materials, well-organised, visually accessible and super informative. The staff is very friendly and truly passionate about what they do, so go ahead and learn as much as you can from them. It is a very nice little place and an absolute must-see for everyone interested in history and Jewish diasporas.
    Visited February 2015
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 February 2015
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Brian
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Solo
I wtote ahead of time that I was coming and had the luxury of a private tour in English by the Head of the Museum, Mr. Gramberg, who was most accommodating and generous with his time.
The museum (which is for the large part not in English) is well organized in a chronology of the Jewish people of Estonia. Digital guides are available.
It is appears small enough to cover everything in 30 minutes, but the stories and explanations kept my attention for hours.
Written 7 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sarah G
3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This was a fascinating exploration of a community that developed mid 19th century, was wiped out even before Wannsee, and has reestablished itself not just with a synagogue but also a school - essential for flourishing. The exhibits are in Estonian and Russian but the English audio guide was comprehensive and we also had an excellent tour by the director. We were on the trail was of forebears who left Tartu for Glasgow in 1891 and learned useful stuff.
I’m sorry Karen (2019) experienced the reception as hostile - sadly Jewish communities across Europe have to be very careful about security these days. Perhaps a notice on the gate would help visitors?
Written 5 September 2022
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K M Rowland Barnes
46 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Took a very long walk to the much anticipated Jewish museum. It's quite difficult to find, about a 20 minute walk from the old town, but we were met with a VERY HOSTILE security guard on the entrance gate in front of the synagogue. He barked that he wanted to see our passports ( which we had left back at the hotel as we didn't know we would have to provide identification into such a place as this). I had to show him my driving licence as a form of identity, I don't think we would of been allowed access otherwise. When we finally made it into the museum it was very disappointing, nothing written in English but there was an audio guide to help. It took us around 7 or 8 minutes to go around the whole thing and it wasn't worth the hassle, luckily it was free to go in. I wouldn't recommend this, complete waste of time and met with a very HOSTILE environment.
Written 7 January 2020
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JLB010
Hartford, CT168 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Estonia has long been a buffer between Russia and the west. As such, it’s history is fascinating, and the experience of Estonian Jews is too. Plan about 45 minutes for the visit and make sure to chat with the nice lady in the museum. She has some interesting information.
Written 4 June 2019
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BerkoBoy88
Buckinghamshire, UK475 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Well worth the effort. There is a chronological history of the Jews in Estonia and how they were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. Yet the current population of about 2000 is vibrant. They even have a school so the future bodes well. Audio assistance is available although the lady in charge speaks English and Russian as well as her own Estonian language. Security is tight for the museum and the beautiful synagogue which adjoins.

Mordecai in the synagogue is a charming fellow who speaks Ivrit, English, Russian, Yiddish and Estonian. Moving and informative. Don't miss out.
Written 17 May 2019
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA1,839 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
I’m surprised to see this museum so low on the Trip Advisor list of Tallinn museums. I’m guessing it has more to with it’s out-of-the-way location than the museum itself. I was very impressed with it and found it much better than a lot of the higher rated museums.

The museum provides a good overview of the history of Jews in Estonia. The information is in Estonian and Russian but the audio guide worked well in English. I took a quick 10 minute tour with the audio guide. After that I went back and got detailed explanations of different parts of the museum that I was more interested in.

I also had a nice talk with the woman working at the museum. She was very friendly and helpful.
Written 19 January 2019
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Stephanie S
Glasgow, UK156 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Thank you so much to our guide who gave up his lunch to show us round and tell us about the history of Estonian Jewry. The new synagogue is beautiful and the community is thriving after being wiped out by the nazis. He museum is very interesting. There is also a kosher restaurant.
Written 16 July 2015
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Andrey P
Tallinn, Estonia1 contribution
May 2015 • Friends
I had visited the museum during the "Tallinn Night of Museums 2015" event. It is located pretty close to the city center, what made the visit very comfortable. The staff is extremely friendly and polite. That night the visitors were invited to a glass of delicious wine. My visit to the museum was very interesting- I wish this experience to everybody!
Written 27 June 2015
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Ireena17
Tallinn, Estonia3 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
A nice place, which seems to be a bit small, but definitely gives you a very good overwiev of the history of the Jewish people in the country. The staff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgable.
Written 20 March 2015
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Darja I
Cambridge, UK2 contributions
Feb 2015 • Solo
This is a very interesting place indeed. The unique exposition sheds light on the generally rather unknown part of the Jewish history in Estonia. I particularly enjoyed the central part on religion. Nice archival materials, well-organised, visually accessible and super informative. The staff is very friendly and truly passionate about what they do, so go ahead and learn as much as you can from them. It is a very nice little place and an absolute must-see for everyone interested in history and Jewish diasporas.
Written 23 February 2015
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  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM