Museum of Photography in the city jail
A branch of the Tallinn City Museum was opened in 1980, in the building of the 16th century, which was located at the Town Hall Tollbooth and in the house of the commandant of the prison. The branch is known as the Museum of Photography since 1991.
In 1983, the entire photographic fund of the City Museum was moved to the building of City Hall at the prison. The location of the rooms, original style of architecture is saved in the building, preserved from the middle Ages. The middle Ages and the youngest type of visual art are met under one roof met.
The development of photographic art was taking into account while exposure construction, nevertheless all showpieces belongs to our collection. So, based on only one of the foundations of Tallinn City Museum, you can show the history of fascinating artistic and technical disciplines until 1940.
Tallinn was among the foremost cities in the development of photography, working with the most famous masters of Estonia.
In the first part of the exhibit, located on the ground floor, the main focus is concentrated on the completed pictures, and traces the development of photography in Estonia. Photo technique is exhibited on the second floor of the museum. You can see all kinds of camera specific to a particular historical period in Estonia.
Modeling the exhibition is based on contrasts that characterize the development of photographic equipment – for calm and academic principle, where every exhibit is a rarity, it should be rapid and abundant continued. Here, every visitor can find a camera to his own preference. Among the small pocket cameras you can find “Minox” – joint invention of Estonia and Latvia.
At the end of the main exhibition, which represents the development of photography in Estonia in 1840 – 1940 years, hall for temporary exhibitions is located. Here you can explore the history of photography based on input from our funds.
In 1992, by the initiative of Peeter Tooming, the photo gallery “LEE” was opened in the basement of the museum. Exhibitions of contemporary photography are held there. This is a favorite place for beginning photographers in Tallinn.