Stories of love and passion trapped in gold
Dear friends! To mark St Valentine’s day, which has come to be associated with love and friendship, we invite you to bring the one you love to our museum today and hear the romantic stories associated with the world’s most famous orders! Knighthood and chivalry has always been associated with romantic love. But you will be surprised to know, how many actual orders of knighthood have romantic stories in their origin.
All through the day our curators will be sharing stories about their favorite orders. Join us and discover a new side to awards you never new was there!
Diamonds for merit
A temporary exhibition is set to open in February at the Tallinn Museum of Orders of Knighthood. It will focus on orders’ insignia decorated with precious stones.
In the 18th century, it was common for kings and rulers to order diamond-studded stars and badges of orders of knighthood intended to be worn at special occasions to match their diamond buttons, tie-pins, clasps, and shoe-buckles. Such unique insignia were also on occasion presented as a sign of special friendship or favour or to mark a significant event. In the early 19th century, many monarchs introduced the practice of presenting insignia with diamonds as a special distinction to an earlier received award. In countries like Russia and Germany, with several orders of merit, these diamond studded badges became a separate grade before receiving the next higher order in rank.
Beautiful masterpieces made by the world’s best jewellers, these stars and badges shine today as brightly as the day they were awarded.
The Museum is opening in June
Dear friends! We are happy to announce that the Museum will be open for visitors starting Monday, 31 May, on the weekdays from 10:00 to 17:00. This schedule will be active for June 2021. We hope that we can get to our regular schedule as the situation with travel restrictions normalizes.
For those who would like to visit the Museum on the weekends, please give us a call and we will try our best to accommodate you.
Make sure to take advantage of the special ticket price that we have for June. Adult tickets are 7 euro and family tickets only 15 euro.
We are closed on June 24 and 25 for the Holidays
See you at the Museum!
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.