Great Guild Hall

Museum in Tallinn

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The Estonian History Museum has filled the striking 1410 Great Guild building with a series of ruminations on the Estonian psyche, presented through interactive and unusual displays. Coin collectors shouldn’t miss the old excise chamber, with its numismatic relics stretching back to Viking times, while military nuts should head downstairs. The basement also covers the history of the Great Guild itself, while Estonian music, language, geography and deep history all win consideration.

The major exhibition, Spirit of Survival – 11,000 Years of Estonian History, poses such questions as ‘Is Estonia the most secular country in the world?’ and ‘Have Estonians been happy in their own land?’ (The answer to the latter is no, apparently, backed up with statistics suggesting that they’re one of the least happy peoples of Europe.)


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