Museum celebrates the first recorded mention of Tallinn and its common history with Denmark

Tallinn City Museum introduces the close connections between Denmark and Estonia, their common symbols and when the city of Tallinn was established in the 13th century.

Tallinn celebrates its 800th anniversary. In June 2019, it will be precisely 800 years since the first recorded mention of Tallinn in connection with the crusades of Valdemar II of Denmark to northern Estonia. This event has become known primarily through the Livonian Chronicle of Henry. Although the chronicle does not mention the name Tallinn and its settlement, it is possible to associate the events with Toompea and the area of the future city of Tallinn.

Dedicated web page

We celebrate the “Tallinn 800” year with exhibitions, themed days, city tours, lectures and experiential learning. Overview of the programm is available at the dedicated web page  The web page is available in Estonian, English, Danish and Russian. Tallinn City Museum and Kardiorg Art Museum collaborated on publishing the “Tallinn 800” brochure in English and Estonian, as well as fliers in Danish, Russian and Finnish.



From stronghold to town – the birth of a Danish town 800 years ago

22 May 2019 – May 2021
City Museum, Vene 17

When does a settlement become a city? What happened during the crusade of Valdemar II of Denmark and what were the early years under Danish rule like? The exhibition gives a detailed reconstructions of Tallinn during the Danish era based on archeological findings.

Dannebrog and Estonia 1219–2019

15 June 2019 – May 2020
Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum, Komandandi 2

The joint exhibition organised by the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg and Tallinn City Museum provides an overview of the background and events of the Battle of Lyndanisse, the Danish periods of rule in Estonia, as well as the Danish monarchy at that time.

The exhibition is opened by HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

Dannebrog – the flag that fell from the sky: the golden age of Danish art

16 June – 13 October 2019
Kadriorg Art Museum, Weizenbergi 37

A broad selection of the best art from the Danish Golden Age will be exhibited for the first time in Estonia.  In cooperation with the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), the Danish Cultural Institute and the Danish Embassy in Estonia.


Ancient camp “Lyndanisse 1219”

Danish King’s Garden
15 May at 17–20

The organisers of the Kiruvere ancient camp will erect a camp of Estonians in Revala County. The team from Thor Viking Ship will even bring a Viking ship to Toompea.The event is free. 

“From a battle to a city” tours

The walk through the Tallinn of the Danish period in Estonian, English and Russian. On 15 May the tours start at the City Museum (Vene 17) at 16 in English, at 16.30 in Russian and at 17 in Estonian. The tours will take place throughout the summer. The tickets are available at Piletilevi.

Past events

Exhibition “Tallinn 800” of the Estonian Union of Metal Artists at Kiek in de Kök


Check out an overview of the programme here: