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“Excellent Small Museum”
Review of Great Guild Hall

Great Guild Hall
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US$ 239.76*
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3-Hour Private Tallinn City Tour
Ranked #30 of 301 things to do in Tallinn
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 September 2017

There are several excellent small museums in Tallinn Old Town and unless you are visiting for a week or more it is impossible to do them all justice. Entrance to most is very reasonable and are covered by the Tallinn Card and therefore you only need to dip into these places to feel you have got value for your money.

This museum, housed in one of the more important buildings in the Old Town gives an interesting overview of Estonia's interesting history and is well worth spending at least an hour and preferably more here.

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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We stumbled over this "overview of everything" opportunity and found it as charmingly "all you need" as the country. Without offering in depth anything it provides every contextual background that a quick traveller through, child or adult could require, including a view of how the country saw the world over time through treasures collected by one of the towns noblemen to rival Glasgow's Burrell Collection (albeit in a 3 case compared to 30 floor form).

Absolutely brilliant for children and young people showing an insightful knowledge of how they come to access the past through a careful balance of interactive explanations and trial opportunities.

The house itself is part of this history which is explained within the museum and it is worthwhile walking around the whole site into the garden and discovering the shop of treasures and explanations.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

"Great guild" houses the "Estonian History Museum" but it was formerly a guild for merchants and artisans operating in Tallinn from the 14th century till 1920. This building was erected in 1407 -1410 with the interiors finished in 1417.Just opposite the "Great Guild" building is the "Church of the Holy Ghost or Church of Holy spirit" which is a medieval Lutheran Church.

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Here, in Lower Town of old part of Tallinn, we visited one more very interesting museum, regarding the rich history of the whole country Estonia. It is located in Pikk street, that I've already mentioned as one street full of galleries, cafes and antique shops.
This history museum is settled in one very nice old buiding, that is, so called Great Guild Hall, since the place and much more than that, belonged to members of the Great Guild in 15th century, the married German merchants, who controlled in these times the Town Council.
But not only that this hulking, gabled hall with the gigantic porch and lion's head door knockers impresses You at the very first sight, here is also one permanent exposition, which show how the Estonian-dwellers lived, fought and survived through 11000 years.
The films and interactive displays make a great deal in helping visitors to understand and see more clearly the passed history of Estonia.
Not to miss when in Old Town.

Thank Oleg Y
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Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Set in a charming old building, a 30 minute visit is all it takes to soak in the well organized exhibits and learn a bit about Tallinn's history -- especially the Baltic Germans.

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