The new glass lift and skydeck at the Niguliste Museum

Closer to the sky! The new glass lift and skydeck in the historic tower of the Niguliste Museum. The lift will rise through three floors to the skydeck, where the Old Town, Tallinn Bay and unique views in all four directions will be visible.

Admission with museum ticket purchased from ticket office or online.


The lift and the skydeck, which will soon be finished after extensive reconstruction, are unique in Estonia. Everyone, including those with special needs, can use the lift to reach the top of the tower. Alternatively, the reconstructed staircase can be used to move between the floors to examine the architecture of the tower and all its details at leisure.

Architectural solution and design: KOKO architects
Interior architect: Liis Lindvere (KOKO architects)
Contractor: Tarrest LT OÜ

Video: Villu Plink (Art Museum of Estonia) and Kerttu Palginõmm (Niguliste Museum)


The construction work will also introduce new elements into Niguliste Museum’s permanent exhibition. A brand new exhibition venue, i.e. the Higher Gallery, will be opened on the top floor of the Small Chapel. The gallery, which is inspired by traditional congregation balconies, offers the museum new opportunities: the two floors of the chapel can be used to exhibit the collection of medieval wooden sculpture of the Art Museum of Estonia.

Hall graphics and solutions for the visually impaired: Priit Põldme (Joonprojekt OÜ)
Tactile model of St Nicholas’ Church: Mikk Meelak (Platvorm OÜ)
Permanent exposition team: Tarmo Saaret (Niguliste Museum), Juhan Kilumets (Rändmeister), Merike Kurisoo (Niguliste Museum) and Kerttu Palginõmm (Niguliste Museum)
Designers of the permanent exposition: Villu Plink (Art Museum of Estonia) and Liis Lindvere (KOKO Architects)


The re-opening of the Niguliste Museum will be accompanied by a diverse lecture programme introducing the history of the views of Tallinn, its towers, church bells and the Niguliste Museum. Evening conversations will be held with the authors living in the Writers House on Harju street. Once a week, tours of the secret passages of Niguliste will take place, bringing the participants to locations that are hidden from regular visitors. Thanks to comprehensive reconstruction, these tours will also cover the tower’s stairs. The programmes of the Niguliste Museum for all education levels will also be updated.

With the support of: the Ministry of Culture, AS Merko Ehitus Eesti, The Art Museum of Estonia Friends of Art Society, the Charitable Foundation “Aitan Lapsi” and the Reval Café