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Art Museum Of Estonia

Art Museum of Estonia was founded on November 17th, 1919, but it was not until 1921 that it got its first permanent building – the Kadriorg Palace, built in the 18th century. In 1929 the palace was expropriated from the Art Museum in order to rebuild it as the residence of the President of Estonia. The Art Museum of Estonia was housed in several different temporary spaces, until it moved back to the palace in 1946. In September, 1991 the Kadriorg Palace was closed, because it had totally deteriorated by then. At the end of the year the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia decided to guarantee the construction of a new building for the Art Museum of Estonia in Kadriorg. Untill then the Knighthood House at Toompea Hill served as the temporary main building of the Art Museum of Estonia. The exhibition there was opened on April 1, 1993. Art Museum of Estonia premanently closed down the exhibitions in that building in October 2005.

At the end of the 1970s, in the 1980s the first branches of the Art Museum of Estonia were founded. Starting from the 1995 all the branches offer different educational programmes for children and young people. In 1996 the exhibition hall on the first floor of Rotermann Salt Storage was opened, this branch was closed in May 2005. In summer 2000 the restored Kadriorg Palace was opened, but not as the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia, but as a branch. Kadriorg Art Museum now exhibits the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia.

At present there are five active branches of the Art Museum of Estonia: Kadriorg Art Museum (Kadriorg Palace and Mikkel Museum), Niguliste Museum, Adamson-Eric Museum ... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The collection that consists of 55 823 titles is displayed in the following branches:

* the permanent exhibition of classics of Estonian art (18th century – II World War), the permanent exhibition of Estonian art from 1945-1991 and contemporary art at Kumu Art Museum;
* ecclesiastical Medieval and Baroque art from the period between 13th –18th century, silverware of guilds, craft corporations, Brotherhood of the Black Heads and churches at Niguliste Museum;
* European and Russian art from the period between 16th –20th century in the Kadriorg Palace, and a valuable collection of the 16th –20th c. art from Western Europe, Russia and China, donated to the museum by Johannes Mikkel, at Mikkel Museum – at Kadriorg Art Museum;
* Art of Adamson-Eric (1902–1968), one of the most outstanding Estonian painters of the 20th century, at Adamson-Eric Museum;

Previous Exhibitions

Kumu Art Museum:
Grand Tour
Estonian Artists in Italy
For thousands of years, people have travelled from one place to another. On dusty roads, carriages drove and variegated group of wanderers trod – pilgrims, runaway slaves, missionaries, merchants, students, artists and adventurers. At the end of the 17th century, the model of travel which, because of its duration and pithiness, was called the Grand Tour began to develop. The Swiss Alps and Italy were the most important destinations of such trips, which sometimes could last for several years. These were places where, in magnificence, breathtaking nature and history intertwined. Italy was the destination of travel aimed at self-education, where artists and writers developed their artistic taste and studied the works of the old masters. The radiance of Italy, as the meeting place of the present and the eternal, stretched to the borders of Europe. Estonian artists were attracted by Italy’s mild climate, its natural beauty and the example of the old masters. For Johann Köler, Julie Wilhelmine Hagen-Schwarz, August Weizenberg, Carl Alexander Winkler, Konrad Mäe et al, the time spent in Italy was an extremely fruitful creative period.

Ars Fennica Award Exhibition
1.3.–26.4.2009 (5th floor)
Internationally renowned Finnish art award, the winner of which in the year 2009 will be announced in Kumu. The candidates for the Ars Fennica award are: Maria Duncker, Tea Mäkipää and Seppo Renvall from Finland, Katrīna Neiburga from Latvia, and Mark Raidpere from Estonia. An exhibition of contestants’ works will be held in the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki from 3.10.–16.11.2008. The winner of the award is t...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (7)

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*Kumu Art Museum
All exhibitions in Kumu (The Great Hall, 3rd, 4th and 5th floor)
Adults 5.50 € | Concessions 3.20 € | Family ticket* 10 €
Permanent exhibition of Estonian art and temporary
exhibitions on the 3rd and 4th floor (3rd and 4th floor A and B wing)
Adults 4.20 € | Concessions 2.60 € | Family ticket* 7.40 €
Exhibitions of contemporary art (5th floor)
Adults 2.60 € | Concessions 1.60 € | Family ticket* 3.20 €
*up to two adults with minor children

*Adamson-Eric Museum
Adults 2.50 € | Concessions 1.50 € | Family ticket* 5 €
*up to two adults with minor children

*Kadriorg Art Museum
Kadriorg Palace
Adults 4.80 € | Concessions 2.80 € | Family ticket* 9.30 €
Joint ticket (Kadriorg Palace and Mikkel Museum)
Adult 5.20 € | Concessions 3.20 € | Family ticket* 9.60 €
*up to two adults with minor children

*Niguliste Museum
Adults 3.50 € l Concessions 2 € l Family ticket* 7 €
*up to two adults with minor children

Opening hours

AME administration: Mon-Fri 8.30–17.00
*Kumu Art Museum
Apr–Sept Tue, Thu-Sun 11.00-18.00; Wed 11.00-20.00
Oct–Mar Wed 11.00-20.00; Thu–Sun 11.00–18.00
*Adamson-Eric Museum
Wed–Sun 11.00–18.00
*Kadriorg Art Museum
Kadriorg palace:
May–Sept Tue, Thu-Sun 10.00-17.00; Wed 10.00-20.00
Oct–April Thu–Sun 10.00–17.00, Wed 10.00-20.00
Mikkel Museum:
Wed-Sun 10.00-17.00.
*Niguliste Museum
Wed–Sun 10.00–17.00

NB! All the branches and offices of the Art Museum of Estonia are closed on public holidays and will be closed 3 hours earlier on February 23rd, June 22nd and on December 23rd!

Museum internal and external photos (8)

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Art Museum of Estonia is a multifunctional museum that includes exhibition halls, an auditorium that offers diverse possibilities, and an education centre for children and art lovers of all ages. Every branche have their own special education programm, which is based mostly on present exhibitions.
For more information, please contact haridus@ekm.ee.