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This Sunday is the last Museum Sunday of the year with a bigger programme than before

This Sunday 4 December is the last free Museum Sunday of the year. The Museum Sundays initiative will continue as a monthly event in 2023.

According to Deputy Mayor Kaarel Oja, the Museum Days programme has gradually grown over the year. "The last Museum Sunday of the year will also have a new member, the Lasnamäe Pavilion of the Tallinn Art Hall, so that 14 different museums can be visited this weekend. We have also agreed that the Nõmme Museum will join the initiative in January," explained Oja. "With more and more museums joining the initiative and thousands of visitors every month, it is clear that the Museum Days initiative is welcome and the City of Tallinn will continue it in 2023," Oja added.

 

On this year's last Museum Sunday, residents can visit the Christmas sale of Estonian museum shops in the Neitsitorn, part of the Kiek in de Kök Museum. Museums from all over Estonia - the Health Museum, the Estonian Open Air Museum, the Art Museum, the History Museum and many more - will be selling their souvenirs.

There is even more Christmas spirit to be found in the branches of Tallinn City Museum this Advent season - a teddy bear tree in the Children's Museum, a Christmas tree in the City Life Museum, a community tree in the Russian Museum and an installation tree in the Museum of Photography. 

Since November, the Lasnamäe Pavilion of the Tallinn Art Hall has also joined the Museum Sundays. The new exhibition pavilion opened its doors in Lasnamäe next to the Lindakivi Centre at Jaan Koorti 24 on 19 November 2022. The Tallinn Art Hall moved to Lasnamäe while the legendary main building on the Freedom Square is undergoing major renovations.

"The Art Hall is delighted to join the Museum Sundays initiative to bring contemporary art to even more people," said Paul Aguraiuja, Director of the Tallinn Art Hall. "We also hope that the people of Tallinn living in other parts of the city will take a trip to Lasnamäe along with their art experience."

Pavilion opening exhibition "Is There Hope for These Lovely Creatures?" tells the story of women in the context of men and men in the context of women today, when there is still a long way to go before "all women are brothers, all men are sisters". The pavilion's inaugural exhibition will remain open to visitors until 5 February 2023.

All branches of Tallinn City Museum participate in the Museum Sundays programme: The Tallinn City Life Museum, located in the former merchants' house on Vene street (Vene street. 17), the Museum of  Photography in the former Raevangla (Raekoja 4/6), Kalamaja museum (Kotzebue 16), the Miiamilla Children's Museum in Kadriorg (Koidula 21c), the Peter I House Museum (Mäekalda 2), the Kiek in de Kök Fortress Museum (Komandandi tee 2), the Tallinn Russian Museum (Pikk 29a), the three Literary- Museums in Kadriorg: Vilde (Roheline aas 3), Tammsaare (Koidula 12a) and Tallinn's newest museum - the Mati Undi Museum (L. Koidula 17), the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (Kuri 5), the Kaja Gallery of the Cultural Centre (E. Vilde tee 118), the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds Visitors Museum Visitor Centre (Narva maantee 95) and the Lasnamäe Pavilion of the Tallinn Art Hall (Jaan Koorti 24), which joined in November.

Free Museum Sundays in 2023 will take place on 8 January, 5 February, 5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November and 3 December.

Museum Sunday is an initiative by the City of Tallinn to draw more attention to the day-to-day activities of museums and the city's rich cultural life, and to make it more accessible to both residents and visitors of Tallinn.

More information is available: https://www.tallinn.ee/en/museumsunday