In 2019, Tallinn City Museum will celebrate 800 years since the first recorded mention of the city in connection to the crusades of Danish King Valdemar II to Northern Estonia in 1219. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia does not mention a specific place, but the events can be connected to Toompea and the region of future Tallinn.

O. H. B Olrik. 1885. Fragment of a sketch. Exhibited at exhibition "Dannebrog and Estonia 1219-2019"


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

22 May 2019 – May 2021
City Museum, 17 Vene
Open May–September 10–18
October–April Tue 10–20, Wed-Sat 10-17, Sun 10-16

The exhibition about the development of the city looks at how old the settlement is around Tallinn. 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 detailed reconstructions of Tallinn during the Danish era (created by artist Jaana Ratas) and the animated overview of the various stages in the construction of the city were created according to archaeological data. The archaeological material is provided for the exhibition by the Archaeological Research Collection of Tallinn City Museum and Tallinn University. Items have been added from Tartu and Riga for comparative purposes. The curator of the exhibition is Erki Russow.

The catalogue of the exhibition “Finds from the early years of Tallinn” introduces the story of the creation of Tallinn through archaeological pieces found from the territory of the city.

Tours with the curator: 11 June, 17 September, 29 October. Register at, participation with a ticket to the museum.

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

16 June – 13 October 2019
Kadriorg Art Museum, Weizenbergi 37
Open Tue, Thu–Sun 10–18, Wed 10–20

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Danish national flag, the Dannebrog, a broad selection of the best art from the Danish Golden Age will be exhibited for the first time in Estonia. Danish art from the first half of the 19th century is closely related to national self-awareness and the development of a new ruling order. The most important masterpieces of the Golden Age are included. In cooperation with the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), the Danish Cultural Institute and the Danish Embassy in Estonia.

16 June at 14. Lecture in English by the curator Henrik Holm (SMK) on the golden age of Danish art. Participation with a ticket to the museum.

Tours with the curator
Wednesdays at 18 from 11 September until 9 October. In Estonian and Russian. Participation with a ticket to the museum

Themed day
 21 September, at 12–16. Stories, handicrafts, games, tours. Participation with a ticket to the museum.

Dannebrog and Estonia 1219–2019

15 June 2019 – May 2020
Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum, Komandandi tee 2
Open May–September 9–18
October–April Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 10–17, Thu 10-20

The joint exhibition organised by the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg and Tallinn City Museum commemorates 800 years since the Battle of Lyndanisse on 15 June 1219. The exhibition provides an overview of the background and events of the Battle of Lyndanisse, the Danish periods of rule in Estonia 1219–1227 and 1238–1346, as well as the Danish monarchy at that time. The Battle of Lyndanisse has later become associated with the legend of the Dannebrog, the national flag of Denmark, falling from the sky. The display also introduces the Order of the Dannebrog and the symbols of the Dannebrog and the three lions in the heraldry of Tallinn and Estonia. The exhibition will be opened by Her Majesty, Margrethe II of Denmark, it will remain open until May 2020. The exhibition of the Dannebrog legend in Estonian art and heraldry will become a permanent exhibition in the vaulted cellar of the Maiden Tower. Curators from the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg and Tallinn City Museum collaborated in putting the exhibition together.

Tours with the curator
 27 June, 22 August, 12 September at 17. Register at, participation with a ticket to the museum.

In collaboration between the Estonian Institute, Tallinn City Museum and the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg, a collection of articles will be published in May under the title, “Dannebrog 800. The story of Denmark and Estonia”, which tells of Danish and Estonian relations throughout history, and common historical legends and symbols. The book will be published in two languages – Estonian and English.

The Queen of Denmark will announce the post-doctoral stipend of the Carlsberg Foundation at Kiek in de Kök on 15 June. The research project HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished research project on the Danish-Estonian common history takes place through the collaboration of the Danish Museum of National History at Frederiksborg and Tallinn City Museum.

The Maiden Tower café will offer a Danish specials menu.
Special excursions at the exhibitions can be booked.e


15‍‍.‍05 Tallinn Day

Danish King’s Garden, at 17–20, free

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.

Starts at the City Museum (Vene 17) at 16 in English, at 16.30 in Russian and at 17 in Estonian

The walk through the Tallinn of the Danish period starts at the exhibition “From stronghold to town” at the City Museum and ends with a visit to the ancient camp.

Tickets (12 euros) are on sale at the ticket desk of the City Museum and Piletilevi. You can independently visit the exhibition at the City Museum before the city tour, you should put aside an hour for this.

31.05 – 2.06 Old Town Days

Kanuti Guild Hall, 31 May at 15‒18, free

A day of lectures about Tallinn in the 13th century.

Starts at the Garden of the Danish King, free
31 May at 16 in Estonian, 1 June at 14 and 16 in Estonian

A walk through the Tallinn of the Danish period. Registration until 28 May at

Toompark, 31 May – 2 June at 12–18, free

Themed workshops by Tallinn City Museum and the Art Museum of Estonia.

15.06 “Dannebrog 800 and Estonian flag 135” family day

Vabaduse väljak (Freedom square), at 11–16

A family day celebrating the anniversaries of our national flag and the Danish flag, the Dannebrog. The Art Museum of Estonia and Tallinn City Museum will also participate to present their Danish-themed exhibitions.

20.06 – 29.08 City tours “From a battle to a city”

Starts at the ticket desk of Kiek in de Kök, ends at Vene 17

A walk through the Tallinn of the Danish period. The tour starts at Kiek in de Kök with the exhibition about the Battle of Lyndanisse “Dannebrog and Estonia 1219–2019”. We continue to the Danish King’s Garden, where according to legend the red and white Dannebrog fell from the sky. Walking through the Old Town, we will talk about how the appearance of the city started to develop during the 13th century – churches and cloisters, citizens’ homes and the initial defensive wall. As an illustration, we will look at Jaana Ratas’ reconstructions. The tour takes 1.5 hours and ends at the exhibition “From stronghold to town” at Tallinn City Museum (Vene 17).

Tickets (12 euros) to the special excursions are on sale at the ticket desk at the Fortifications Museum and Piletilevi. The price also includes admission to the two exhibitions. You can independently visit the exhibition at Kiek in de Kök before the tour, you should put aside an hour for the exhibition.

at 15
20 June, 4 July, 18 July, 1 August, 15 August, 29 August

at 17
20 June, 4 July, 18 July, 1 August, 15 August, 29 August

at 18
27 June, 11 July, 25 July, 8 August, 22 August

can also be requested with a historically accurate meal at the Maiden Tower.

20.07 “Lego Day” on the birthday of Kadriorg park

At the park and the museums located there, at 12–16

A great lego-themed day will take place at Kadriorg Art Museum, House of Peter the Great Museum and the Children’s Museum Miiamilla, as part of which both younger and older friends of art and building blocks can take part in creating a collective lego-painting, producing flag patterns and among other things learning many exciting things about the joint history of Denmark and Estonia.

Many events and the Palace Garden Games will be held to celebrate the 301st anniversary of Kadriorg from 20th to 22nd of July. For more information visit and

5.09 – 4.11 “How did Tallinn start?” lecture series

Lectorium of the Maiden Tower
four autumn Thursdays at 18

Participation with a ticket to the museum. We recommend coming early, so you can see the exhibition “Dannebrog and Estonia 1219–2019” and enjoy the views from the cafes in the Maiden Tower and Kiek in de Kök.

  • “Conflict of ocean-going peoples. The conflict of interests between the Danes and the coastal Estonians in Estonia at the beginning of the 13th century”.
    5 September, Marika Mägi
  • “When was the city of Tallinn established?”
    26 September, Kersti Markus
  • “On the guilds and stamps of the Danish period”
    17 October, Anu Mänd
  • “Faith before and after the Danish conquest”
    14 November, Tiina Kala

20.09 “Baltic Sea cities in the 13th century” history seminar

20 September 2019
Lectorium of the Maiden Tower

This international history seminar is dedicated to the 800th anniversary of the city of Tallinn. The focus of the presentations at the seminar is the birth and development of the mediaeval city in the 13th century. In addition, the simultaneous development of other centres important from the perspective of early Tallinn will be addressed.

27.09 – 5.11 Archeology autumn

The series of archaeology-themed events held every autumn at Tallinn City Museum includes lectures, museum lessons and, this year, also a choreographed performance. The events are connected to the end of the Ancient era and the Danish period.

City Museum (Vene 17) and in the city space
27 September, 18–21, Researchers’ Night, free
28 and 29 September, 12–15, with a ticket to the museum

In the dance programme “One object, many stories” Estonian and Finnish dancers become museum exhibits conveying the functions of specific objects through movement.

At 18 at the City Museum (Vene 17)

  • 8 October, Annika Tiko “Everyday life in mediaeval Tallinn”.
  • 22 October, Tuuli Kurisoo “On Northern Estonian jewellery, their ornaments and meaning in the 13th century”
  • 5 November, Heidi Luik “Play in the Danish era Tallinn and the cultural space of mediaeval Europe based on archaeological bones”.

23 October – 5 November

In a lesson meant for school and kindergarten children and anyone else who is interested, we will discuss who an archaeologist is and what they do. Participants try out being an archaeologist. The museum lesson ends with an experimental archaeology handicraft task. The price per student for the lesson is 4 euros. Book at, +372 5919 0980.