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Culture you can enjoy at home

The Ministry of Culture is gathering opportunities to enjoy the Estonian culture during the emergency situation when people have to spend most of their time at their homes.

The list is constantly updated. If you feel your business is missing from this list, send an e-mail to





Europeana offers access to digital materials from thousands of European archives, museums and libraries.
The web portal of Estonian museums
The most unique items of Estonian Writers’ Museums
Estonian Literary Museum’s ‘Kreutzwald’s century’

Collections based on one museum
Places in Tallinn covered in fiction, collected by the Tallinn Literary Centre
Tartu Toy Museum
Digital collection of the Art Museum of Estonia
Journal of the collections of the Museum of Estonian Architecture
Self-service environment VAU of the National Archives, where you can study your family tree from parish registers, for example. 
Collection of the Museums of Virumaa 
Facebook page of the Estonian Agricultural Museum 
Databases of the Estonian Literary Museum

Virtual tours and exhibitions:
Virtual tour of the Estonian Museum of Natural History
Virtual exhibitions of the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
Virtual tour of the Rakvere Castle of the Museums of Virumaa
Virtual exhibitions at the University of Tartu Museum
Digital library of the Tallinn University of Technology Museum
Dr Fr. R. Kreutzwald Memorial Museum
Mõniste Rural Life Museum
Vana-Võromaa Museum
Estonian History Museum
Estonian War Museum – General Laidoner Museum
Estonian Open Air Museum
KUMU art museum
Virtual tour of the University of Tartu
Museum of Viljandi
Kuressaare Castle of the Saaremaa Museum
Tartu City Museum
Estonian Health Care Museum
Estonian Road Museum
Pärnu Museum
Tallinn City Museum 
Time travelling at the Tallinn City Museum
Karilatsi Open Air Museum 
The Farm Museum of C. R. Jakobson 
Tori Horse Breeding Farm
Web exhibitions of the National Library of Estonia

Estonian National Museum:

Carpet portal of the Estonian National Museum
Estonian National Museum virtual tour
Virtual exhibitions of the Estonian National Museum
Blog of the Estonian National Museum
Blog of the Collections Department of the Estonian National Museum
Yearbooks of the Estonian National Museum


National Archives

Maps information system of the National Archives
Photo information system FOTIS of the National Archives 
Blog of the National Archieves  – exciting findings and virtual exhibitions
Archives School of the National Archives – plenty of history-based learning materials and tasks


Book borrowing and libraries

The National Library of Estonia’s online environment, which allows you to order books digitally to the outdoor bookcase is still open. Books can be ordered in the ESTER environment (*est), where you should select the ‘RR Raamatukapp’. Once the book has arrived, you will receive an e-mail. The ordered books can be obtained from the bookcase using the ID-card or the reader card of the National Library. It is also possible to return books to the bookcase 24 hours a day.

The bookcase is located outside next to the main entrance of the National Library – it looks and works like a regular parcel terminal! The bookcase can be used completely without human contact.  

You can order books to the bookcase at any time. During the emergency situation, the bookcase will be filled and emptied every two hours, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Digital Archive DIGAR has a lot of digitised material, such as books and pictures

The DIGAR Estonian Articles has older digitised newspapers and magazines. There are approximately 390,000 publications available, containing more than 3.7 million pages and 6.4 million articles.

The search portal of the National Library can be used for searches across almost all library collections. 

The Estonian Library for the Blind’s online library is an online environment for audio recordings and e-publications for readers of the Estonian Library for the Blind.

E-Varamu’s purpose is to make available digitised resources of Estonian memory institutions: libraries, archives, and museums. The e-Varamu can be used to search many Estonian databases at the same time (e.g. the e-catalogue ESTER, article database ISE, universities’ digital archives, and digitised collections of museums and archives).

ETERA is a digital library environment that backs up one copy of all digitised documents. In addition to digitised materials, the platform provides access to theses defended at Tallinn University in recent years, as well as various photographs and graphic works. The environment is available in Estonian and English.

DSpace of University of Tartu is a repository for the permanent storage and publication of electronic materials, e-dissertations, and books, as well as digitised books, magazines, manuscripts, etc.

Tallinn Central Library’s e-library ELLU offers readers the opportunity to read works by Estonian and foreign authors. There is a selection of fiction and nonfiction. The e-books are mainly in Estonian.

OverDrive's Library offers readers the opportunity to read English and Russian e-books and listen to audiobooks.

RBdigital’s e-library offers readers the opportunity to read free e-journals in English, Russian, and Chinese.


Digital collection of Tallinn University of Technology Library. 

Digital collection of older Estonian literature

Saaga, digitised archival source of the National Archives and Tallinn City Archives

Red Book of Estonian Publications

Digital library of the Archive Library of the Estonian Literary Museum GRAFO

Kivike, the digital repository of the Estonian Literary Museum

ELLEN, the manuscript database of the Estonian Literary Museum




If you want to study and practice Estonian on your own with a computer or a smart device, there are several ways to do it. Here are some of Integration Foundation’s the tools that can be used for free.

1. Go to;
2. Click ‘Buy Now’ (Osta kohe);
3. Sign in, choose Estonian and any package;
4. Enter the promotional code EV100, which will allow you to get free access;
5. Take a language test to determine your level;
6. Start learning.
Additional information: Ott Ojamets, CEO of Speakly, +372 51 209 38,

Independent language learning is suitable for both those who want to learn the language on their own and for those who take courses. Remember that regularity and patience are important for independent learning. Make sure you spend some time on learning every day. You also need to give yourself time to achieve results – have some patience and consistency



Go to the National Register of Cultural Monuments. Use the menu (left) to select ‘Mälestised’. It is possible to filter the monuments by several parameters (e.g. address, name of the monument, type, keyword, etc.) The results are displayed in the form of a table, where you can open each object as a separate main view.

On the main view page, you can view the history and description of the monument, browse photos, explore related digitised archives, open the map of the monument, etc.

The National Register of Cultural Monuments is currently being developed, which should result in improved usability. Read more about the project here.

Digital archives of Estonian churches

Heritage Makers contest ‘Old Things in a Fresh Form’, which invites young people to notice cultural heritage and introduce it to others through stories.






Last updated: 31 March 2020