Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood, Tallinn

4.8
#15 of 65 in Museums in Tallinn
Right in the heart of Tallinn’s Old Town, tucked away safely behind the thick walls of a 15th century building, you'll find the priceless collection of Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. The museum introduces visitors to the history of various orders of chivalry by presenting their exquisite badges, stars, and collars--true masterpieces of art and craftsmanship, often lavishly decorated with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. Many are of an immense historical value as they once belonged to emperors, princes and princesses, famous military commanders, presidents, and politicians. Undisputed highlights of the collection include one of the oldest badges of the Order of the White Eagle, which belonged to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, interesting insignia of the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Charles I, several collars of the Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie, the badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece of the State Chancellor of the Austrian Empire Klemens von Metternich, Britain’s Princess Mary’s star of the Order of the British Empire, and many others. This is probably the only place where one can see the chain of the highest order of North Korea, outside the country. Along with insignia of the oldest orders, such as the Order of Malta, Military Order of Christ, Order of the Garter, Golden Fleece, the Black Eagle, and Alexander Nevsky, there is also insignia of the relatively newly established orders of Africa, Asia, and America. The museum has on permanent exhibit more than 700 pieces of insignia--part of its overall collection, which is constantly expanded. Arrange to visit Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood and other attractions in Tallinn using our Tallinn journey builder tool .
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  • Tiny little musem with the most amazing display of "orders of the Knights " from around the world. Well worth a visit  more »
  • I was very skeptical about this museum, hoping to see a dozen orders/medals, and I am incredibly glad that I have not changed my mind to visit it. The collection is composed of an impressive, informative accompaniment very interesting, concise and capacious (issued a personal audio guide with headphones in several languages), collected exhibits from the category "Not every time and not every museum will find", there is truly Rare specimens. The museum is included in the program Tallinn Card so you can save and boldly include it in your program. I recommend to visit both lovers of history and those who want to broaden their horizons and get acquainted with this topic.
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  • An incredible museum with a very large private collection of regalia spanning across centuries. The audio guide is available in English and staff very helpful and knowledgeable. Located across the road from Old Hansa in the heart of Tallinn's old town the Museum if Orders of Knighthood should be one of your first stops when visiting. The giftshop has some great gift ideas and memorabilia to take home. Thanks to the lovely staff who early live their job. What an absolute gem!
  • You can learn something here about the world. But don't expect anything flashy or mind bending. Audio guides available in Est, Eng, Rus, Fin...
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