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"Kadriorg Palace" Kadriorg Palace - Art Museum Tip by Airpunk

Kadriorg Palace - Art Museum, Tallinn: 19 reviews and 51 photos

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The Palace at Kadriorg was built as a summer residence for Tsar Peter I. and his wife Catherine I. in 1718 and was called "Catharinenthal". But it wasn't until a reconstruction in 1827 when the palace got its present shape. It became an art museum during Estonia's first period of independence and after 1929, it was used as the office of the Estonian presiendent. One of the former library rooms is still preserved in the state of the 1930s with a beautiful wooden panel work. During Soviet rule, the palace fell into disrepair and it wasn't after Estonia regained independence that it was refurbished again. After renovation, the palace was reopened in 2000.
Kadriorg Palace houses an art collection and is often home to temporary exhibitions. Classic art lovers will enjoy walking through all the three floors with paintings from different centuries, including 17th century Dutch masters, Ilya Repin and portrait paintings of the Russian Royal family. Actually, it is actuially a branch auf the nearby Kumu (Estonian art museum). One of the temporary exhibitions I saw was about chess games, including an example of Soviet propaganda (evil white tsarists agains the hard-working red communists). Furniture from the tsar's time can be seen in some rooms and information about the different rooms is available in Estonian, Finnish, English and Russian. There is also a nice little café in the ground floor as well. You should plan around 1 to 1 1/2 hours to see all of the palace, take or add a little depending on your interest on art.

Address: Weizenbergi 37
Directions: Go eastwards along Narva Mantee or take tram number 1 or 3 until its final station “Kadriorg”.
Phone: +372 601 3636

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  • Updated Jan 15, 2013
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