The Great Guild (Estonian: Suurgild, German: Große Gilde) was a guild for merchants and artisans, operating in Tallinn from at least the 14th century until 1920. It was based in the Great Guild hall, a Gothic building in the historical centre of Tallinn, today housing the Estonian History Museum. In 2013, the Great Guild hall was named a European Heritage site.
The building was erected in 1407-1410, with the interiors finished in 1417. The façade is decorated with blind arches, and has a typical, prominent portal. Inside, the main hall especially retains the medieval atmosphere. It is a large (365 square metres (3,930 sq ft)) room, supported by a range of pillars with decoratively carved capitals.
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Catherine Feerick | Feb 23, 2018
Beautiful facility, OK exhibits, very cool basement area, treacherous flooring in the oddly non-chronological permanent exhibit.
Paul-Erik Törrönen | Jan 1, 2018
A nice museum in the old centre of Tallinn. The museum present a good overview of the estonian history since the last ice age and is well worth a visit even if you're in a bit of a hurry.
Nicolas Sangalli | Feb 8, 2018
A beautiful museum inside a fascinating building with a deep history. Worth a visit while in Tallinn!
Mantas Ališauskas | Feb 28, 2018
Great place to start your visit in Estonia if you havent your homework.
Kimchi Purkki | Jul 19, 2017
Nice little museum. Audio guide free with you own phone + their app. Here you get to know the history of Estonia and it's people. Downstairs you get to know more about this house.
Robin Cuthbertson | Jun 4, 2018
Interesting museum in the centre of Tallinn. The building is the old Guild House, the museum staffand are very helpful, and one of them was kind enough to take the time to tell us all about the history of the building and the exhibits, which really brought the museum to life. There is an audio guide that you can rent, or download via an app on your phone. I could not get the app to work, so really appreciated the explanations from the staff there.
Tierawr | Jun 30, 2018
The exhibits were very informative, but unfortunately they didn't follow a logical order. Loved the interactive touch screen quizzes! :)
Jeff Clay | Jun 14, 2018
Went on the free museum night and was packed with locals. Good to see and wonderful exhibits and displays
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