Attractions & museums

Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum

Drop in to get an overview of Estonia's military history as well as the present-day activities of the Estonian Defense Forces.

The museum makes its home the former summer residence of Commander-in-Chief Major General Johan Laidoner (1884- 1953), who led Estonia's forces during the War of Independence. It serves as the leading military history research centre and museum in Estonia, and its displays are continuously updated and expanded.

Founded in 1919, the museum remained active until 1940 when its collections were relocated by the Soviet Army. It was reopened in its current location in 2001.

The museum has an extensive educational programme, organising thematic excursions and workshops. Visitors can buy souvenirs and books from the museum's gift shop to bring a piece of local military history home with them.

Free with Tallinn Card

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  • Family vacation

    tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
    July 25, 2020 By iidaelina

    Very nice and historic place. Place keeper was friendly and well-knowing. Cafe was small and biriliant.

  • An excellent museum with helpful staff

    tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
    October 16, 2019 By Y6242FBchristineh

    We read about this museum in Tallinn in Your Pocket: the description sounded very interesting, so we took the bus trip to Viimsi. The exhibition is extensive, well-displayed with detailed texts in... Read more comments

  • Interesting history of Estonia

    tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
    July 29, 2019 By Yaniliini

    Museum covers quite well the history of Estonian wars. Of course, it is mostly concentrating to the First and Second World Wars. You can see the most used guns during the wars, videos how the wars... Read more comments