Kumu

Top choice gallery in Tallinn

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This futuristic, Finnish-designed, seven-storey building is a spectacular structure of limestone, glass and copper, nicely integrated into the landscape. Kumu (the name is short for kunstimuuseum, or art museum) contains the country's largest repository of Estonian art as well as constantly changing contemporary exhibits. There's everything from venerable painted altarpieces to the work of contemporary Estonian artists such as Adamson-Eric.

The permanent collection is split into ‘Treasury’ (on the 3rd floor, featuring works from the beginning of the 18th century until the end of WWII) and ‘Difficult Choices’ (on the 4th floor, showcasing art from the Soviet era). Current and cutting-edge exhibitions fill the 5th floor, which can be visited separately (€4/3) if you don't want to pay the full admission price for all galleries. The complex is wheelchair-accessible and has an excellent shop and cafe.


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