Tallinn Kadriorg Palace (10)

Kadriorg Palace

0 Comments / 26/02/2016

Tallinn’s Kadriorg Palace is a baroque building built in 1718 by Peter the Great of Russia for his wife, Catherine I. Actually, Kadriorg means literally in Estonian ‘Catherine’s Valley’. The palace was designed by Niccolo Michetti, and it was supposed to resemble Italian architecture of the time. As this was meant to be a summer house for the imperial family who would rarely visit, Peter the Great ordered the park and its crafted gardens be opened for the public.  The palace and gardens with fountains are humbling examples of Tsarist power and extravagance after the Great Northern War and the successful siege of Tallinn (1710). Kadriorg’s buildings have been well preserved since the 18th century, and today the palace, surrounding buildings, and park designs are considered to be the grandest examples of Estonian architectural history.
Indeed, especially during the summer, when the garden is blooming, the whole of Kadriorg Park is impressive. It’s a place for romantic walks, family picnics, and many newlywed couples take their wedding photos either in Kadriorg Palace Garden or by the seaside in front of Rusalka Statue (few minutes walk from the palace). In fact, sometimes on weekends you can spot several newlywed couples with all of their wedding guests taking lots of photos at the same time in the park. It’s cute!
Currently the palace houses the Art Museum of Estonia, and is home for the 16th- to 20th-century foreign art collections. Despite the recent renovation, the interior of two-story main hall, its ceilings and stucco works have been retained in their original style. So the building and interior haven’t been turned into a plain museum with white walls.
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Kadriorg Palace Opening Hours:

Opening Hours


Tue, Thu–Sun 10am–6pm, Wed 10am–8pm
Tickets may be purchased until 30 minutes before the museum closes

Wed 10am–8pm, Thu–Sun 10am–5pm
Tickets may be purchased until 30 minutes before the museum closes

Long Wednesday
The Kadriorg Art Museum is open on Wednesdays until 8pm.

Exceptional opening hours
4–5 January, 1 May, 20 August, 31 December

From 23 March to 27 March 2016, only the first and second floors of the museum will be open to visitors.
The exhibition halls on the third floor are undergoing work in relation to the installation of a new exposition.
From 30 March to 15 April 2016, only the permanent displays on the second and third floors of the Kadriorg Art Museum will be open. The new exhibition Love. Motifs in Art in the 16th−20th centuries will be open to visitors on 16 April.

May–September Mon; October–April Mon–Tue

On public holidays (2016):

January 1 New Year’s Day
February 24 Independence Day
March 25 Good Friday
March 27 Easter Sunday
May 15 Whitsunday
June 23 Victory Day
June 24 Midsummer Day
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Christmas, Boxing Day

Closed three hours earlier: 23 and 31 December, 23 February, 22 June

Palace Gardens:

Mon-Sun 9am-8pm

Mon-Sun 9am-9pm


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Tickets to the Palace cost 5.50€ for adults, concession tickets (children, students, pensioners) are 3.50€ and a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) is 11€. A joint ticket to Kadriorg Palace and Mikkel Museum is 6.50€, concession 4€ and for families 13€. In addition, there are other joint tickets to the Art Museum of Estonia branches – visit their website to learn more about the prices and museums.

Please keep in mind that Kadriorg park and gardens do not have an entrance fee. You can freely visit beautiful Kadriorg and admire the façade of the palace. You only need a ticket if you want to go inside the palace.


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Stucco decoration in the great hall

The location of Kadriorg Palace can be found on our Tallinn Map (below) 

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