The mission of museums is to ensure the continuance of our culture and to connect past experiences with the future. Of all the European countries, Estonia has the most museums per 100,000 inhabitants.
There are 190 museums in Estonia with 249 places to visit, which preserve about 7.4 million museum objects.
The division of labour in the museum field between the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage Board
As of 1 May 2019, in addition to heritage protection, the National Heritage Board is also curating the museum field.
- legislative drafting
- strategic planning
- operating subsidies and investments
- Museum Council
National Heritage Board:
- MuIS, the museum information system
- joint depository
- national collection policy
- monitoring of museum collections
- compensation for damages related to international exhibitions
- studies, analyses
- consultation, training, instructions
- project grants
Rearrangement of museum network
Museums in virtual reality
MuIS is a museum information system – a web-based work environment to manage museum collections and keep track of state assets. It also helps make the information kept in the museums accessible to the public. As of the end of 2018, a description of approximately 3.4 million museum objects has been entered, of which over 1.3 million have digital images and approximately 1.2 million have comprehensive descriptions.
E-varamu is a joint information portal of Estonian museums, libraries, archives, and other memory institutions. Through the portal one can search for information on cultural heritage items recorded in the information systems of various memory institutions.
In implementing museum policy, the Ministry of Culture works closely with the National Heritage Board, Estonian Museum Association, ICOM Estonia and the Museum Council.
National Heritage Board
General information about the museums and the necessary auxiliary materials for museum employees is available on the National Heritage Board website.
Phone +372 628 2335