You thought you've seen it all? Guess again! Here are the newest attractions opening in Estonia this year. With just 1.3 million habitants, Estonia is home to a whopping 250 museums storing historical gems and fun modern attractions. Let's take a closer look at new places to visit in the near future.
Adventure center Tuuletorn
Tuuletorn Adventure Center is a recent addition to the list of attractions on the island of Hiiumaa. It offers an exciting pastime for both the island's residents and visitors, taking them on an exciting journey through the cultural history of Hiiumaa. The attraction has a little museum, research center, and a playground, and the highest climbing wall in the Baltics. The centre offers diverse and educational content for visitors of all ages and gives a thorough overview of Hiiumaa – its history, maritime culture, and underwater historical heritage.
The Narva Castle is one of the main attractions of Narva city. In the seventh decade of the 13th century, the Danes established a castle as a residence for the Danish King's vice-Regent. The Narva Castle is the most diverse and best-preserved defense structure in Estonia. The castle will host historic and contemporary exhibitions. The Narva is being reopened, including the east wing of the fortress, which was previously inaccessible to visitors. A new permanent exhibition focuses on the history of the fortress itself, from the arrival of the first Danes on the banks of the Narva River to the present day.
After extensive reconstruction, his only fully preserved 14th-century Cistercian monastery in Northern Europe was re-opened to the public. The medieval furnishings of the monastery include the preserved 14th-century church bell in the Harju-Risti church. The beautiful architecture, good acoustics, and surrounding nature make the Padise Monastery Visitor Center also a great concert venue for upcoming concerts.
The recently renovated Kalevipoeg Museum is dedicated to the Estonian national epic of the same name. You can learn all about the story of Estonian national history through an interactive exhibition. You can literally step in the shoes of Kalevipoeg in the virtual reality space and fight against Hell with Sarviktaat and his henchmen.
WOW family attraction and interactive leisure center
The WOW center will open its doors in the autumn of 2020. The centre focuses on illusions and exciting exhibits that challenge your perception of your physical space, such as the opportunity to walk in the rain without getting wet.
Other recent additions worth checking
An internationally recognised museum of photography with its roots in Stockholm, Fotografiska is a meeting place for art, good food, music, design, and an open mindset. The concept of the Fotografiska Tallinn Photography Museum includes an exhibition and event area, a café, a restaurant, and a fine-art photography shop.
Imagine driving the world's first car, locomotive or hot air balloon, or walking on the bottom of the ocean... Now, it's possible – the PROTO invention factory, unique in Europe, is finally open! Only here, in a former top-secret submarine factory, can you encounter prototypes of amazing inventions that come to life before your very eyes with the help of the latest technology. Would you like to create, invent, fly, study or make something with your own hands? That's exactly what PROTO is here for, offering fantastic experiences for young and old alike.
Kai art center
Kai is a new cultural hub for local and international art located in the historic and culturally-vibrant Noblessner area on Tallinn's waterfront, the former submarine plant will provide 450 m2 of top-floor exhibition space, presenting four main exhibitions each year.
This "alternative history" museum featuring the history of Estonia's largest island Saaremaa offers entertaining activities, exhibitions, and interactive participation (DIY-cinema, 360º movies, etc.). The exposition of THULE KODA introduces the role of Saaremaa in world history as Ultima Thule (the end of the world, the final frontier). Visitors can experience the travels of Pytheas, the geographer from Ancient Greece by exploring the exposition and participating in games.
The Estonian Maritime Museum in Tallinn Old Town is located in a 16th-century tower called Fat Margaret. The main draw will be the 18 m Hanseatic cargo ship discovered in 2015. The exhibition will be designed for a family experience, combining interactive and digital solutions.
New development of Estonian Road Museum
Located in the historical Varbuse postal station in South Estonia, the Estonian Road Museum introduces the development of roads and traffic through interactive displays. A large variety of two-wheeled vehicles, a spectacular machinery hall, and exciting exhibitions offer plenty to explore. On the second floor of the main building, there is a unique children's museum introducing life in the postal station. There, different programmes are offered to children and families. The new wing of the museum features a traffic education centre and automobile era exhibition.