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Art Museum of Estonia – KUMU

0 Comments / 09/03/2016

KUMU (Eesti Kunstimuseeum) is one of the most interesting museums in Tallinn. The modern building itself is architecturally impressive. It’s located between the historic and beautiful Kadriorg park and Lasnamäe district. This enormous circular grey building is positioned on a green Lasnameä hill and somehow Finnish architect Pekka Vapaavuori managed to design it in such a way that it doesn’t jump out of the environment. Although it seems to raise controversial feelings, as some of the people with whom we’ve visited KUMU think it’s simply ugly and doesn’t fit the surroundings. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Nevertheless, in 2008 the museum received the European Museum of the Year Award, so we do recommend you to pop by.

If we move to the inside of the building, there’s much to see in permanent as well as rotating art exhibitions. The exhibitions are clearly presented in chronological order starting from 18th century Estonian art (1st floor) to contemporary art (5th floor). Considering the history of Estonia, we found Soviet propaganda posters and socialist realism pieces to be somehow almost funny but rather sad at the same time. About half of the rotating art pieces are Estonian and other half international. To learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions, visit KUMU’s website.

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Opening hours:

April-September: Tue 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Wed 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Thu–Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon closed.
October-March: Wed 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Thu–Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon-Tue closed.

Tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before the closing time.

Ticket prices:

All exhibitions in Kumu (The Great Hall, 3rd, 4th and 5th floor)

Full price 6€ | Concessions 4€ | *Family ticket 12€

Contemporary Art Exhibition (5th floor)

Adults 3€ | Concessions 2€ | *Family ticket 6€

* Up to two adults with minor children.

KUMU is closed on the following days (2016):

January 1 new Year
February 24th Ireland Republic Day, Independence Day
25 March Good Friday
27 March Easter Sunday
May 15 th Pentecost
23 June Victory
June 24th Midsummer’s day
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day

Will be closed for three hours earlier: 23rd and December 31, February 23, June 22,

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Free Admission*

14.05.2016 International Museum Night (museum is open 6–11pm) and 18.05.2016 International Museum Day
and on presenting the appropriate certificate
*except for pre-booked groups

One-Euro Wednesdays*

Ticket 1 €
13.01.2016, 06.04.2016, 07.09.2016, 23.11.2016
*except for pre-booked groups

Also, if you want to have a proper museum tour perhaps you could consider buying a joint ticket (adults 14 €, family ticket 28 €), which allows access to KUMU, Kadriorg Art Museum, Mikkel Museum, Niguliste Museum and Adamson-Eric museum. The latter two are in old town and the other two are within a short walking distance from KUMU.

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KUMU’s location can be found on our Tallinn Map (below).

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