Seaplane Harbour – The Estonian Maritime Museum (closed Jan–May 2024)

A sea full of excitement

One of the most magnificent maritime museums in Northern Europe is located in the Tallinn Seaplane Harbour. There is an original submarine, the EML Lembit, from the 1930s, various boats and sailboats, a century-old steam engine icebreaker, the Suur Tõll, a replica of the Short 184 seaplane, naval mines, cannons, and many other life-size exhibits. A trip around the world on a yellow submarine, taking photos in navy uniforms, a large aquarium and various simulators make a visit to the Seaplane Harbour a memorable experience for the entire family.

There is also a working harbour with ships and yachts at the quay, a nice sea and city view, and a children’s playground.

The Seaplane Harbour was built along with a hangar a hundred years ago. The hangar is an extraordinary building due to its architecture: these were the first reinforced concrete domes of this size in the world without a single internal support. Seaplanes were stationed there until the Second World War.

The museum has received an award for the best permanent exhibition in Estonia and Europa Nostra Grand Prix award in 2013.