The museum is opened again for individual visitors from May 2014. Tours and rent events are available all year round when booked. Contact us!

S.H. professor from Harvard: “More attractive than Alcatraz!“

R.E.  real estate businessman from Melbourne: “On my month-long trip to Europe, this was the most strange and emotional sight”

A.S. journalist from Kiev: “I’ve been to many soviet prisons, but something like this I’ve never seen”

Patarei sea fortress-prison

Patarei is a culture park with rich history offering different opportunities to spend your free time. Discover Patarei with a guided tour or organize your own event in Patarei with the possibility to order prison-catering for your event!

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Culture Park Patarei presents the history of Patarei sea fortress-prison and also carries out various events throughout the year.


In 1828 Nicholas I of Russia mandated the building of the sea fortress of Patarei. Completed in 1840, it is located on area of 4 hectares (10 acres). Over the years it has had different functions – in 1867 functioning as barracks, in 1920 as a prison and since 2007 as a Culture Park.

This unique 19th century example of Tallinn’s top architecture has now in the 21st century changed from a longtime symbol of repressions to a favorite place for residents of the nation’s capital and visitors, a multifunctional place to spend free time.