Kumu Art Museum

The KUMU Art Museum, besides being Estonian national gallery and contemporary art centre, is also worth seeing for its eye-catching architecture. The museum is composed of a permanent exhibition and a variety of regularly changing temporary exhibitions.

The permanent exhibition gives a good overview of Estonia art from the 18th century until today. Baltic German influences, Soviet period art, Nordic influences – a walk through KUMU will make you reflect on how during some periods of the country’s rich history the ruling power have tried to use art to embellish the thinking of the reality.

The KUMU centre accommodates also as an auditorium, educational centre, archives, library, café, restaurant and restoration workshop.  There are often many screenings and educational programmes taking place and even an alternative music festival is held in the museum halls.

Today KUMU art museum is a creative “factory” where diverse, inspiring ideas emerge and develop to examine contemporary visual culture and its function in society. In 2008 KUMU got the European Museum of the Year Award.

Kadriorg Palace

The Italian master Niccolo Michetti at the request of tsar Peter built the Great of Russia as a royal family summer residence this magnificent Baroque palace. Today the palace, with its magnificent two-storey main hall and elaborately painted ceiling and stuccowork, houses Estonian National Museum of Art. The main exhibition displays masterpieces of foreign art from the 16th to 20th century, as well as prints, sculptures and other works.

To experience the full measure of the imperial grandeur the visitor should also have a look at the manicured garden and have a walk in the extensive.

Swan pond where graceful swans are gliding along, its tiny island with a gazebo, fountains and nearby many cafeterias is a perfect place for relax and recreation. 

House of Peter I

Quando lo zar russo Pietro il Grande giunse a Tallinn nel 1714, ordinò la costruzione di una residenza estiva adatta alle sue esigenze. Durante il periodo di costruzione, visse in questa umile casa vicino al palazzo.

La casetta è stato ristrutturato per ordine dello zar Alessandro tra il 1804 e il 1806, per rendere omaggio al suo antenato. Arredi barocchi e oggetti dell’epoca consentono al visitatore di sperimentare la ricchezza e lo sfarzo di quel tempo.

House of Peter I

Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is home to the world-famous song festival tradition so important for Estonians and for the preservation of the Estonian nation, culture and identity.

It was here on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds where on the 1988 more than 300 000 people participated in a huge event entitled "The Song of Estonia" that lead to the restoration of Estonian independence. Even nowadays the Estonians come together every five years to sing together folkloristic songs, which is a very unique and highly emotional experience for Estonians but will definitely offer touching and unforgettable emotions to foreigners. The Baltic tradition of song and dance festivals was included in the list of UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of the Humanity in 2003.

A bronze statue of famous choir conductor Gustav Ernesaks (1908-1993) is located on the slope of the grounds.

The Song Festival Grounds is used around the year for different cultural and entertainment events. The large outdoor area has also seen superstars like Madonna, Moby, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, and Metallica. There are also many other festivals taking place during the summer period and the large park is also used as a place for picnic and cycling, golfing, skateboarding and walking.

 

Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds