The Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum

The Kiek in de Kök Fortification Museum is a museum complex over 500 metres long.

It comprises four medieval towers: Kiek in de Kök, the Maiden Tower, the Marstal (Stable-) tower and the Short Leg Gate Tower. The Fortification Museum also includes the underground BASTION Towers of the earthworks, built at the end of the 17th century, and the Carved Stone Museum housed in them.

The Fortress Museum presents the city’s historical fortifications, the late 18th-century houses of the citizens built in the towers and along the wall, the artists who lived in the tower, and the famous café built in the 1980s in the Virgin Tower. Tallinn’s longest gallery and towers offer sweeping views of the Old Town.


The Kiek in de Kök exhibition provides an overview of Tallinn’s defensive history and fortifications. As Tallinn’s first artillery tower, it was completed in its original form in 1483. The name of the tower as it is known today was first mentioned in 1577 in a description of the second siege of Tallinn. Kiek in de Kök is also the tallest defence tower in the city from the late 17th century, when a massive birch roof was added to the tower.


The Tower of the Virgin is Tallinn’s only rectangular tower, the medieval name for the Tower of Megede, and was probably built in the mid-14th century, although it was first mentioned in 1373.The permanent exhibition tells the story of the time when the tower was converted into a residential building: it also housed artists’ studios. The tower was restored in 1980 as a defensive fortification and a cafeteria was built here. The tower was restored in 1980 and the cafeteria became a restaurant. The tower also hosts temporary exhibitions. An exhibition in the vaulted cellar presents the legend of the Danish national flag Dannebrog in Estonian art and the Danish symbols in Estonian heraldry.


The bastion galleries were built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. An exhibition in the bastion tunnels tells the story of the fortifications and the activities that took place in the tunnels, including the people who took refuge there at different times.

The museum has three sections that can be visited either in combination or separately (TICKET INFO).

Read about the history of the Kiek in de Kök tower,  the underground passages and the Maiden Tower.