20.05.2020

Botanic Garden and the museums of Tallinn have reopened

Monday, May 18, the Botanic Garden opened its doors for visitors, and as of yesterday, all of the branches of Tallinn City Museum as well. Tallinn Central Library has restored the service of borrowing books and other items via previously booking them.

„I believe that many Tallinners have long waited for the chance to enjoy educational entertainment in real life as an addition to what the virtual world has to offer. This is why I am glad that the libraries, museums and the Botanic Garden are now open again for the public,“ said the Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev. „Some measures are still in place, but I am sure that visiting these places still offers many positive emotions, our institutions offer high-quality experiences.“

Tallinn City Museum currently has a permanent exhibition and some temporary exhibitions as well. As of Tuesday, May 19, City Museum (Vene 17) and the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications museum awaits visitors. May 20, the Museum of Photography, the Russian Museum and the House of Peter the Great are also opening up. The Children’s Museum Miiamilla opened its’ outdoor premises already May 11, but the indoor exhibitions remain closed. The versatile programme and activities offered by the City Museum can be found here. At the museums, groups of up to 10 people can visit the premises together (except families) and the 2+2 rule must be followed. Disinfectant is available and the rooms are cleaned often.

During the emergency situation, the museum’s educators have prepared many materials and virtuaal museum tours that support distance learning, these can be accessed also in the future, the online-museum is open.

The greenhouses of the Botanic Garden were opened Monday, May 18. The Palm House is under reconstruction, but the houses of tropical, subtropical and dry-soil plants are ready to welcome guests. Up to ten people are allowed in a greenhouse at once, safe distance must be maintained at all times. Virtual tours are also offered, in which botanist Urmas Laansoo introduces various plants.

Tallinn Central Library is open as of May 19, paper books and other items can be borrowed again. The services are offered in these branches and departments where it is safe to do so. Items can be borrowed upon preregistration, contact-free. In some of the departments and branches, public computers can be used, a time slot has to be booked previously. This service is meant for essential activities, such as conducting online payments. More info on the services offered by the library can be found on their website.

Photo:  Botanic Garden, Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau

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