Guided Tours

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Come to Kumu to look, listen, think and experiment! Suitable tours can be arranged for tourist groups, groups of work colleagues or friends, as well as families.

Here are examples of tours that take either 60 or 90 minutes:

Kumu recommends: Guided tour of Michel Sittow

Those who are interested can visit the exhibition Michel Sittow. Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe together with an Art Museum of Estonia guide. The guided tour proceeds along the exhibition’s timeline, which tells the 500-year story of Michel Sittow and his work, from his birth to the present, including his first solo exhibition. The guide will also help you discover Michel Sittow’s extraordinary paintings and the stories behind them.

We recommend that you plan enough time to revisit the paintings on your own after completing the guided tour. Sittow’s extremely fine works invite us to examine them more closely and this is best done at your own pace.

Available in various languages
The tour lasts one hour
Up to 20 people in each group
Price: 65 €, plus the price of a museum ticket

The History of Estonian Art

The tour provides a survey of the history of Estonian art from the 18th century to 1991, based on Kumu’s permanent exhibition. The exhibition on the third floor, Treasury, introduces the classics of Estonian art. The exhibition on the fourth floor, Conflicts and Adaptations, provides a survey of Estonian art from the end of World War II to 1991.

The permanent exhibition on these two floors provides an excellent idea of the art created in Estonia during three centuries by the best-known Estonian artists. The guide will lead you through time, making thematic stops along the way to discuss the social background, mentality and art movements of the various eras. The exhibitions are based on the changes that have occurred in the relationship between art and society: at times this relationship has been intensive and painful, and at other times more peaceful. Sometimes art has aspired to elevate its surroundings, or to make contact with them.
Duration: 90 min

The Treasury of Estonian Art

The tour takes you on a short walk through the Kumu Art Museum to admire the classics of Estonian art from the 18th century to World War II in the permanent exhibition Treasury, on the third floor of Kumu.
Duration: 60 min

Estonian Art of the Soviet Era (1940–1991)

The tour takes you on a short walk through the Kumu Art Museum to admire Estonian art from the Soviet era at the permanent exhibition Conflicts and Adaptations, on the fourth floor of Kumu.
Duration: 60 min

Kumu Hits

At the beginning of the tour, you will get a short introduction to the architecture, history and functions of Kumu in order to answer the question “What exactly is Kumu?”. The main part of the tour focuses on ten selected works that every visitor to Kumu should see. We all know Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, which every visitor to the Louvre must see. But what are the hits at the Kumu Art Museum? The tour will cover the permanent exhibition of Estonian art and focus on the best-known and most popular works in the museum’s collection.
Duration: 60 min

The Basics of Looking at Art

If you feel that art (or modern art) is not your cup of tea, this is the tour to start you on your journey into the colourful world of art! You will get a survey of the museum and make stops at works from various art movements to discuss the different artists’ positions. This guided tour is best suited for those who prefer something more interactive instead of a regular tour: with the help of specially prepared question cards, we will involve the participants in debates which do not produce right or wrong answers, only new discoveries!
Duration: 90 min

Guided tours of new exhibitions

It is also possible to book tours of all the temporary exhibitions at Kumu. Besides the permanent display of Estonian art, Kumu always offers a variety of exhibits of Estonian and international art. Some popular exhibitions may be open for only a few months. In order to make sure that you do not miss anything that is important and special, you can order a tour that focuses on a single Kumu exhibition. The tour provides an opportunity to delve deeper into an era or the work of an important artist examined in an exhibition.

Activity programmes to book in Kumu: Birthdays! Celebrations! Team events!

At Kumu, you can book different programmes that can be customised to your needs. All programmes begin with a tour of a Kumu exhibition. We can focus on different eras: art classics, Estonian grand masters of modernism, socialist realism, avant-garde art or contemporary art. The tour is followed by a creative part, which does not necessarily require artistic talent, as we all have some creativity hidden inside us. Kumu’s studios offer opportunities to draw, paint, make prints, mould ceramics, and much more. If creative work is not for you, we also offer other ways to get better acquainted with each other through art and to spend some quality time together.

Activity programmes can be ordered in Estonian, Russian and English.