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“Great art museum we were not expecting”
Review of Kumu Art Museum

Kumu Art Museum
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Tallinn Art Tour: Kadriorg Park and Kumu
Ranked #16 of 313 things to do in Tallinn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 28 August 2014

KUMU was a great art museum in many ways. The structure and grounds are extraordinary, and could be as much of an attraction as the Gehry Guggenheim in Bilbao. The collections do a good job on Estonian art, and are well explained and exhibited. Be very clear that this is focused on Estonian art - you will not see art from other countries. It also has a very pleasant café.

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Estonians have lived under the heel of a conquerer's boot for most of their history. Consequently, they know they need to work hard to sustain the culture and nationality of their small country. I mark KUMU as one data point in that work; and an art museum well worth the effort to see. The museum offers good art you won't see elsewhere. Don't go expecting to see the usual Matisse or Renoir. The offerings are Estonian. But that does not mean the art is not good. It is. And it's well curated. While we got there in a chartered bus, I did observe a regular bus stop so it is possible to get there by public transportation. If you've come far enough to get to Tallin, then you owe it to yourself to get to KUMU if you have the least bit of an interest in art or Estonia.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

A gem in the crown of Tallinn. One of the best art museums what I've ever seen. Impressive architecture, great collection, clear explanations. Worth to combine with Kadriorg palace and park as well as Japanese garden. A bit complicated accessibility by car but better to reach museum parking otherwise there is an option for limited 2 hrs parking beside Rusalka.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We went to this museum largely on the very high recommendation in Rick Steves' Guide to Tallinn; we probably would not have gone otherwise. I am extremely grateful to Rick for recommending it, because it was so worth the visit! First of all, it's located in Kadriorg Park, a beautifully landscaped park on the outskirts of Tallinn Old Town that is easy to get to by tram. The Park alone is well worth the visit, in order to visit the summer palace of Tsar Peter the Great which he built for his wife, the future Ekaterina I, as well as the tiny little house Peter used himself on his inspection trips to Tallinn before the large palace was built. But the high point of the park is definitely the Kamu Art Museum, which is basically the national museum of Estonian Art. We found all the displays fascinating, most particularly the collection of Soviet Socialist Realism style art forced on the Estonian artist community by Stalin and Communist authorities after World War II. The exhibits trace the history of Estonian painting and sculpture from the 18th century through the upheavals caused by two world wars and Soviet domination, all the way to the present day. What stood out for me particularly was the incredibly high quality of the 20th century art produced in this tiny country. The most memorable artists –– about whom I formerly knew nothing –– were clearly Konrad Mägi, Jaan Vahtra, Johannes Greenberg, Roman Treuman (the best of the socialist realist painters) and above all, Nikolai Triik. The Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in painting and sculpture.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

I have visited Kumu Art Museum several times, because the architecture of the building is special and the art collection of Estonian art is including all the time periods of local artists. There is always something new to experience and see, also temporary exhibitions. The location in Kadriorgi Park is perfect, because the park is the most beautiful place in Tallinn.

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