The Museum of Estonian Architecture was established with the goal of collecting, preserving, researching, and acquainting materials that express the formation and development of professional Estonian architecture from the early 20th century through the present day. The Museum’s collection is divided into the archive-, photo-, model-, furniture-, and art collections. The archive collection comprises ca 11,500 items, including city plans, building projects, architectural drawings, as well as photos and manuscript documents.
Architects’ personal funds make up a considerable part of the collection. It is possible to use the Internet-based AIS information system to search for documents. Complementing the collection of projects and drawings is the model collection, a part of which is on permanent display on the first floor of the museum. The photo collection, which comprises nearly 18,000 photos and negatives, is one of the largest collections of architectural photographs in Estonia. The two smaller collections – the furniture- and art collections – include pieces of furniture, drawings, paintings, and graphic works designed by architects Individuals can familiarise themselves with the Museum’s collections (not including the photo collection) by way of the MuIS Estonian museum gateway.
Both the archive- and photo collections are open to visitors from Wednesday through Friday, 11:00–17:00. It is possible to order photo-, digital-, and paper copies of the drawings, photographs, and manuscripts. Payment for copies is accepted in cash or by bank transfer according to the price list.Visitors are also allowed to photograph documents for personal use. Museum pieces are only lent to legal entities on the basis of a corresponding application.