Summer season

  • Adult fee 9 €

    Discount fee 6 €

    Family fee 18 €

April 23 – September 28

 

Come and learn about Estonian rural architecture and experience the village atmosphere from the 18th to 20th century. The museum’s 14 farms introduce the life that households of different wealth and skills have had in the days of old. As in any proper village, there’s a church, an inn, a schoolhouse, mills, a fire station, a shop and fishing net sheds by the sea.

 

Sassi-Jaani farm provides an overview of Estonian farm architecture and construction, household implements, agriculture and animal husbandry throughout the centuries. Dance performances of the Folklore Society Leigarid take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 from May 27 to September 3.

 

At Köstriaseme farm, the housewife practices yarn dyeing and straw plaiting. Chickens scratch around on the yard. Visitors can test their skills of wood sawing. On Saturdays and Sundays from May 20 to September 17, a master craftswoman weaves a woollen plaid on a loom.

 

At Nuki farm, you can take a look at everyday life of a poorer family. Making their living by handicrafts, the family has to fit in two small chambers and live under the same roof with smaller domestic animals.

 

Mistress of Pulga farm takes care of a kitchen garden with beets, carrots and cabbages. On the third Thursday of every month, the smoke sauna is heated. On the stoop of the storehouse, there’s a box with farm kids’ toys the town children are encouraged to play with. Visitors can also try tug-of-war and stilt walking.

 

At Härjapea farm the housewives are proficient in handicraft and preparing tasty fare. To celebrate the Year of Children’s and Youth Culture, Saturdays of June, July and August are dedicated to children's bags in national style, embroidered children's clothing and cloth-made toys. On Sundays, the housewives cook and bake delicious dishes, following recipes from the cookery books of the 1920s and 1930s.

 

Aarte farm shows us glimpses into the life of a fisherman's family from the northern coast. Here you can see things brought along from Finnish friends and trips across the sea, i.e. something you rarely find in farmhouses inland.

 

Exhibition at Roosta farm is dedicated to a more somber event. Old farm mistress' earthly life has come to an end. The deceased is resting on the bier in the storehouse; her coffin is ready in the kiln-room.

The prayer house gives an idea of how the members of the Moravian Church used to worship.

 

At Kolga farm work goes hand in hand with a joke. The housewife has a large yard to cultivate but on her spare time she makes handicraft. At the kiln room one can listen to the special jokes of Hiiumaa people.

 

In Jüri-Jaagu farm, you can see the most delightful and colourful event of anyone's life – the wedding. The wedding house hosts wedding guests in striking folk costumes, the wedding chest is full of beautiful handicraft, the table bowed down by dishes and the party can be heard even in the farmyard.

 

Setu Vanatalo introduces life and culture of people living on Estonian borderland throughout the history. From Thursday to Sunday, exciting Seto dishes are prepared in the kitchen; on Thursdays and Fridays fast-paced Seto folk music brightens up the day.

 

At Peipus-Russian dwelling the housewife is preparing tea in a samovar. On weekends she is cooking oven dishes, baking pies and biscuits. Every child can taste a piece of boiled sugar – a sweet traditional to the Old Believers. 

In the courtyard, visitors can watch films on the life and customs of people living near Lake Peipus.

At Peipus-Russian house you can meet two goats in the cattle-shed or in the forest. All that matters is that they are not on onion or chicory plots.

 

At Rusi farm, find out how several families with children lived in a bunch in a couple of small chambers of a barn-dwelling. We'll tell about the turns children's lives might have taken and the impact it had on the life of the homestead.

In the kiln-room there is an exhibition of sculptor Juhan Raudsepp, one of the children who grew up in Rusi farm.

 

Kuie school is a busy place until Midsummer: before going on their summer holidays, children have to practise reading, reckoning and memorise Bible stories. Everyone can try out what it must have been like to sit on a hard bench studying the old texts.

 

Lau shop. The range of goods offered by the village shop is broad. Tasty sweets and chocolates for kids, beautiful textiles, fancy serving dishes, spices and seasonings for the ladies, household tools and implements ranging from scythes to buckets, good beers and fine wines for the gents.

 

Sutlepa Chapel. Stop and think of fundamental life values in the old wooden chapel. Sacred songs of Estonian Swedes help envision their world.

 

Sepa farm specialises in sheep farming. Processing wool requires its fair share of skills. The mistress of Sepa demonstrates and talks about what kind of work was needed to be done to turn fleece into socks. On Saturdays and Sundays (from May 20 to September 17) the blacksmiths from Kopli Vocational School of Tallinn are bustling in the smithy.

 

On the ground floor of Kalma windmill visitors can see a photo display of Estonian windmills and play Mill Game with their companions.

 

Handicraft club “More Sun” works on Sassi-Jaani farmyard on the first and third Sunday of every summer month from 12PM to 3PM. This summer the theme is ethnic embroidery.

 

WHATS ON

April 23  Saint George's Day
May 1 Museum's Birthday and Spring Fair
May 20 Night of Museums
Ma 28 Anniversary concert of Maido Saar
June 23 Midsummer Eve
July 6 Seto Midsummer Eve and Ivan Kupala Day
August 20 Day of Farm Horticulture History and Green Fair
September 17 Day of Estonian Bread and Autumn Fair
September 29           Michaelmas

 

Days of ethnic minorities

On the first Saturday of every month different ethnic minorities living in Estonia introduce their music, dance, art and cuisine.

May 6 Day of Music and Dance
June 3 Day of Movies
August 5 Day of Canning
September 2             Day of Languages

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

May 1 – September 28 at Kolu Inn – Exhibition “Floral Stories” by the handicraft clubs of Haabersti. The exhibition is inspired by the textiles of the 1920s and 1930s.

 

May 9 – September 28 on the threshing floor of Pulga farm - Estonian Open Air Museum celebrates its 60th anniversary with an exhibition „House is brought to the museum“.

The exhibition shows how various buildings have been brought to the museum and why they are exhibited as seen.  

 

May 1 – September 28 at the barn of Seto Vanatalo exhibition “Photo albums of Piirissaare”.

Based on Pavel Umbleja’s collections of old photos the exhibition introduces the life of the Old Believers from Piirisaare from cradle to the grave.  

 

An exhibition-journeyA train once drove… on the Tallinn-Tartu railway from Estonia to Livonia.” An exhibition-journey from the museum’s main gate to the Southern Estonian area takes the visitor on a journey from Tallinn to Tartu according to the train timetable from 1896. In eight railway stations, we talk about the stations and their employees, signalling signs, travellers and the travelling conditions in the early days of the railway.

 

NEW! Mobile app of Estonian Open Air Museum

The app contains an audio guide for the whole exhibition and two adventurous orienteering games introducing our farms and Estonian history through playful characters. 

 

WEAVE YOURSELF INTO THE HISTORY! Estonian Open Air Museum invites everyone to weave a few rows on a loom for a 100 meter long rag carpet that will be a present for the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. The colors and patterns of the carpet symbolize the 107 historical parishes of Estonia. There will be carpet materials and a pattern description ready at Kolu Inn. Everyone’s contribution is worth a great deal! 

 

 

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THE MUSEUM IS OPEN DAILY: the farms, Lau Shop and Kuie School – from 10:00 to 18:00; Kolu Inn from 11:00 to 20:00; the park and Handicraft Shop – from 10:00 to 20:00.

Adults: € 9, concession fee: € 6, family fee: € 18, annual individual pass: € 30, annual family pass: € 55. 

 

GETTING HERE:

By car: free parking at the main gate of the museum.

Public transport: buses No. 21 and 21B from the city centre stop at the main gate of the museum (stop Rocca al Mare). Bus No. 22, 42 and 43 from the city centre: get off at the “Zoo” stop and walk along the seaside road for around 15 minutes. Back to the city centre takes bus No. 41. See the timetable: soiduplaan.tallinn.ee

City Tour: blue line buses stop at the museum entrance. See the timetable: www.citytour.ee