The 15th-century artillery tower Kiek in de Kök and the tunnels of Ingrian and Swedish bastions built in the 17th century form a part of Tallinn’s historic fortifications.
The museum has three sections that are accessible to the public and can be visited either in combination or separately.
The Kiek in de Kök artillery tower has six floors presenting the history of the city defences through centuries and also houses temporary exhibitions. Read more about the history of the artillery tower and the exhibitions in the tower. Individual visitors can make their way through the tower floors at their own pace and in their preferred order. Our museum employees, stationed on each floor, will be delighted to respond to any questions about the display or assist you in any way.
The top floor of the tower offers magnificent scenic views to the Old Town and city centre.
Guided tours to the tower are available only upon advance request.
The Bastion tunnels are accessible with guided tours that have to be booked in advance.
The tours are available in four languages: Estonian, English, Russian, and Finnish, and will take about 1 h 10 min to 1 h 15 min.
When making a booking, a visitor can opt to join a scheduled tour or in case of a larger group, commission a tour for their group.
The tours are available in two formats. The regular tours take the visitor through the Bastion tunnels and the Carved Stone Museum and emerge on the ground at Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square). However, when booking a tour for the full group, a group leader can also opt for a tour that excludes the Carved Stone Museum but includes a train ride through the tunnel heading towards the Swedish bastion. The latter format is better suited for children.
Read about the history of the Bastion tunnels and about the exhibition.
The Carved Stone Museum is accessible as the final part of the Bastion passages tour throughout the year. During the summer season, the Carved Stone Museum is also available for individual visitors through the entrance at the corner of the Freedom Square.
In addition, guided tours of only the Carved Stone Museum can be booked in advance throughout the year.
Read more about the Carved Stone Museum.
Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn 10130
Tel (+372) 6446 686
1 March–31 October
Tue–Sun 10.30 to 18.00
Please note! Last admission at 17.30
1 November–28 February
Tue–Sun 10.00 to 17.30
Please note! Last admission at 17.00
The Museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays.