There was an unusual break-in today at the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. Although the museum is closed to visitors, the perpetrators were able to circumvent all security measures and pass through closed doors! Museum curators were terrified of the unusual visitors, but it soon became clear that they were Pokémon, who ran away from a group of teenagers playing Pokémon Go nearby.
The famous Pikachu and his friends decided to see the new exhibition, which is scheduled to open in May. One of the Pokémon could not be moved from the showcase of the Order of the Bath. Pikachu was mostly interested in crowns.
The dragon-type Pokémon were especially interested in the orders dedicated to their relatives fighting Saint George. The museum has a large collection of these orders, including the Orders of St George from Bavaria, Hannover, Italy, Russia, and England.
The Pokémon spent several hours at the museum and disappeared as swiftly as they arrived. Since some of them were seen wearing badges, curators are now frantically looking through the collection to make sure nothing is missing.
@tallinnmuseum April 1 2021
With the travel restrictions and quarantine measures still in force, our museum continues to operate behind closed doors meticulously working on the renewed exhibition. Here are some glimpses into what is to come when the museum can safely open its doors again to the public.
Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood Wins
2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice
Best of the Best Award
Based on our visitors’ reviews in 2019, the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood has been recognized as one of the Best of the Best Attractions in Estonia, ranking third out of 299 in Tallinn and placing in the top 10% in the World.
Thank you, to our visitors, for your support and reviews, we could not have done it without you!
We will continue to do our best to bring history to life for our visitors and make their stay in Estonia an unforgettable experience!
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A new exhibition is scheduled to open on 15 November 2020
The treasures on display will include the famous badge of Peter the Great (Order of the White Eagle), Princess Mary’s diamond star (Order of the British Empire), Empress Carlota’s diamond badge (Order of the Starry Cross) and many others.
We hope that the travel restrictions will be lifted and visitors will be able to enjoy our new exhibition. For the time that the travel restrictions apply the museum will be working from Friday to Sunday (10:00 to 18:00), weekdays by appointment.
Dear Friends! In our effort to bring you more interesting exhibits, we are reconstructing our showcases to make room for amazing new historical objects, including order robes and weapons! For this the museum will be closed untill the end of September.
To our friends from phaleristic societies and followers on Facebook, if you are planning to travel to Estonia during the summer, and were looking forward to visiting our museum, please contact us so we can try and arrange a private tour for you, if possible.
We are sorry to say that the museum will be closed for visitors until June due to the health epidemic.
We encourage you to browse the site of the museum and get acquainted with the collection and our articles and research.
Two orders of knighthood pop into mind in connection with the situation we all find ourselves. They are the Order of the Bath and the Order of Hospitallers.
Stay safe! We look forward to seeing you soon!
This Friday representatives from Sweden, Ukraine and Estonia gathered fro the ceremony of the presentation of the Ukrainian museum Hetman’s Capital with the exact replica of the eighteenth-century badge of the Swedish Order of the Sword.
It had been more than two years since the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood was contacted by the Ukrainian museum Hetman’s Capital in the city Baturin for assistance in finding information about an award presented to Grigory Orlik, son of a famous Ukrainian hetman in exile, close ally and supporter of Ivan Mazepa, who famously went against Peter the Great during the battle near Poltava and allied himself with Charles XII of Sweden. For a very long time no research had been done into the personal history of the people involved, but recent studies revealed a treasure trove of information.
Most interesting for the Tallinn Museum with its speciality in orders of knighthood, was that Grigory was awarded the Order of the Sword of Sweden. Since the insignia of the Swedish Royal Order of the Sword of the required period is extremely rare and there was no possibility of obtaining an original, a unique solution was proposed and executed with the full support of the Swedish Chancery of Orders by the official makers of Swedish insignia Atelier Borgila AB.
For the first time in the history of Sweden, a copy of a rare badge was officially produced for a museum. This job was done by the skillful jewelers brothers Ingemansson following the exact process of the 18th century and took more than half a year to perfect. Many visitors came to see both the rare original badge of the Order on loan from HM the King of Sweden and the exact reproduction at the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood last week. Now the badge will be travelling to Ukraine where it will become part of the permanent exhibition on Grégoire Orlyk.
The Tallinn Museum of Orders was able to significantly expand its exhibition of Brazilian orders with the addition of several high awards graciously donated by the family of His Excellency Joao Luiz Pereira Pinto the Ambassador of Brazil in Finland.
The Order of Rio Branco and the Order of Aeronautical Merit were awarded to the Ambassador’s father Carlos Alberto Pereira Pinto, and the Order of Naval Merit – to his father-in-law Joao Clemente Baena Soares, both high-ranking Brazilian diplomats and statesmen.
It was now possible to display not only the Imperial period of Brazil but also the awards of the 20th century. The Tallinn Museum is grateful to the family of the Ambassador for their assistance in promoting the history of orders and decorations and the culture of Brazil.
New exhibitions at the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood
Guests from all over the world gathered on the 24.01.2020 at the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood as the museum celebrated 3 years since its official opening. Especially for this event, the curators of the Museum prepared the exhibition Treasures from King Street. The exhibition is set to last until May 15 and showcases along with the already known masterpieces new acquisitions, accumulated during the past 3 years and displayed at the museum for the first time.
Included in the exhibition is the unique badge of the Order of the White Eagle belonging to Peter the Great, presented to Peter by King Augustus the Strong of Poland in 1710. Other interesting historical pieces are the diamond-studded badge of the Starry Cross of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico, several orders of the last Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Charles I; the awards and marshal’s baton of Britain’s Field-Marshall Grenfell, the diamond badge and star of the Order of Alexander Nevsky presented by Nicholas II of Russia to Paul Deschanel, later president of France. A significant new addition was the ceremonial robes of the English Order of the Garter – the first royal order to be established and the one with the most unusual insignia – a garter – blue belt used to keep socks from falling down. Along with the traditional garter in blue velvet with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Shame on him who thinks this evil) written in gold, visitors can also see the rare diamond-studded insignia.
A new exhibition has opened at the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood – “Jewels of Freemasonry“!
On display are insignia of the Freemasons from British and American lodges of the late 19th – early 20th century. The vast majority of exhibits are made of precious metals.
The exhibition is designed to familiarize visitors with the symbols of Masons. Items presented to the visitors are an integral part of the history of this fraternity, which everyone has heard about, but few people know. Masonic jewels, as visible manifestation of the secret lodges, are genuine masterpieces of jewel craft. Through them, the visitors will get a glimpse of Freemasonry and slightly lift the veil of secrecy over this mysterious organization.