A fortress on the outside, a castle on the inside
The Kuressaare castle-fortress is a globally unique architectural monument and one of the most important tourist attractions in Estonia, in which the Saaremaa Museum thoughtfully exhibits its unique story.
The heart of the museum is the Bishop’s castle built in the 14th to 15th centuries. You can also visit an extensive permanent exhibition on the older and more recent history of Saaremaa, as well as various temporary exhibitions.
The fortress surrounding the castle, built in the 14th to 19th centuries, is a unique open-air museum of military architecture, where you can learn about the development of defense structures through the ages. The permanent exhibition in the gunpowder cellar of the southern bastion of the fortress, reflects the communist terror of 1941, and is open during the summer season. Historical weapons are displayed in the artillery basements of the northern bastion, as well as an exhibition on the history of the city of Kuressaare.
In the four basements of the western bastion, there are historically based craft workshops, while on the lower flank of the northern bastion, there is a restored historical artillery position.
The exhibition “Vikings before Vikings” by Kuressaare Castle was awarded the title of the best temporary exhibition of 2021. The exhibition is currently open at the Seaplane Harbour in Tallinn.
Museums in Estonia
The Tallinn Art Hall Lasnamäe PavilionJaan Koorti 24, Tallinn
Peter the Great’s HouseMäekalda 2, Tallinn
Seek GalleryVäike-Pääsukese 5, Tallinn
Contemporary Art Museum of EstoniaKursi 5, Tallinn
The University of Tartu MuseumLossi 25, Tartu
The Great Guild HallPikk 17, Tallinn
Kiek in de Kök Museum and Bastion TunnelsKomandadi tee 2, Tallinn
The Kalevipoeg MuseumKalevipoja kinnistu, Kääpa, Mustvee vald, Jõgevamaa
Museum of Puppetry ArtsNunne 4, Tallinn
The Wittenstein Time CenterVeski 11, Paide
Kadriorg Art MuseumWeizenbergi 37, Tallinn
Narva Art ResidencyJoala 18, Narva