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A little house on feet

May 1, 2017 in the Estonian Open Air Museum!

On the spring fair it is possible to take part in themed walk ''A little house on feet or how does a building end up at the museum?''

Themed walks start at 12PM and 2PM from the entry to the museum with point person Aile Heinmets. 

 

Spring fair and museum's birthday

May 1, 2017 the Estonian Open Air Museum is celebrating its 60th birthday. 

The Open Air Museum is more than just a collection of farm houses, yards and old things, there are also many people with their peculiar jobs and doings behind the museum. 
 
As always, pure and Estonian handicrafts and food products are offered at the fair. 
 
A group of musicians are keeping the spirits high and the little ones are entertained by the Polli Zoo.
 

Folded World. Fans from the Collections of the Art Museum of Estonia

Folded World. Fans from the Collections of the Art Museum of Estonia

23 of the 32 fans exhibited at Mikkel Museum (April 24 – October 12, 2015) were conserved by the Conservation and Digitization Centre Kanut. The conservation project won the first prize at The Estonian annual museum awards.

Horse-drawn Sleigh Ride at the Estonian Open Air Museum

Video is filmed with Camera 360Fly. In cooperation with Euronics.

Welcome to the Estonian Open Air Museum!

Within just a 15-minute drive from the center of Tallinn there is a delightful place - the Estonian Open Air Museum that invites you to see rural architecture and get acquainted with village life.

Christmas Village 2014

Christmas is the holiday most dear to us, awaited both by children and grownups. A lot is hidden in the Christmas time – sparkle and darkness, jolly bustle and solemn silence, joy and meditation. At the Estonian Open Air Museum you can meet all of that and let the Chrismas spirit descend upon you. Step inside old barn-dwellings and farm houses, schoolhouse and village shop and be a part of Christmas preparations from 100 years ago.

Estonian Wedding Traditions, trailer 2015

The silent film "Eesti pulmakombed" (Estonian Wedding Traditions) demonstrates the wedding customs common in the first half of the 19th century. The film is a part of the exhibition "The Circle of Life. Major life events from the cradle to the grave" and is based on the research done by Ülo Tedre and Piret Õunapuu. 

 

Estonian Wedding Traditions (2014)

Authors: Vivian Siirman/Dagmar Ingi/Estonian Open Air Museum

Music: The Estonian Folklore Archives

Two new sights - Seto farm and Peipus-Russian dwelling are open at the Estonian Open Air Museum!

However small Estonia may be, one can find quite unique areas here. Each of those has individual characteristics in their everyday life and architecture, their own local costumes and dialect. Now the museum’s exposition also includes the dwellings of the smaller ethnic groups living in Estonia– a native farm from Setomaa and a dwelling of an Old Believer fisherman from the Lake Peipus coast

Opening of Seto and Peipus-Russian farms on May 23! (Video in Russian)

On May 23 two new households will be open to the visitors – a Seto farm Vanatalo and a dwelling of an Old Believer from Lake Peipus coast.

Opening of Seto and Peipus-Russian farms on May 23! (Video in Estonian)

On May 23 two new households will be open to the visitors – a Seto farm Vanatalo and a dwelling of an Old Believer from Lake Peipus coast.

Shrovetide Competition of Estonian Museums

Filmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum in winter 2005.

Performance by the museum staff

Jubilee performance by staff members for the event "Estonain Open Air Museum 45". Recorded in May 2002. 

Hungarian Folk Group

Hungarian Folk Group performing at the spring fair in 2000.

Customer is the King!

Opening of summer season at the Estonian Open Air Museum. Filmed on May 6, 2001.

The Herring Game

 Old farm children's game at Pulga Farm. Filmed in May 1999.

Shoemaker´s game

Traditional Estonian Christmas game. Filmed in 2000.

Disturbed Christmas in 1905

Year 1905 was revolutionary in Estonian history. Peasant riots, driven by the desire for freedom, culminated with looting manors just in the month of December. That year even the Christmas time was full of anxiety.

During the Christmas village in 2005 this kind of historical atmosphere is passed on with theatrical episodes from the year 1905 including the episode of peasants riot against the landlords. However, despite all the solicitude and trouble, Christmas traditions like singing carols and decorating homes were not forgotten even that year.

Estonian Song Celebration

Every 5 years almost 100 000 Estonians gather to sing in a giant choir. Find out about the tradition and how you can be part of the magic.

The European Museum of the Year Award - visiting Estonian Open Air Museum

The European Museum of the Year Award 2014, visiting Estonian Open Air Museum, May 15 2014.

Whitsuntide - riding on the swing

Whitsuntide is an important holiday of the Estonian Folk Calendar. People brought in branches of birch, colored eggs and rode on the swing. Filmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum, during the spring farm days in May 1999. 

Summer Night Walks (Guide Maret Tamjärv)

Mystical things happen during the light summer nights at the open air museum - all kinds of mythological creatures show themselves, people and events which have long gone by come alive. Guide Maret Tamjärv tells old folk legends and explains the surroundings. Filmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum in 2000. Idea by Hanno Talving, Triin Siiner, Merle Ljubimova.

Summer Night Walks (Guide Triin Siiner)

Mystical things happen during the light summer nights at the open air museum - all kinds of mythological creatures show themselves, people and events which have long gone by come alive. Guide Triin Siiner tells old folk legends and explains the surroundings. Filmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum in 2000. Idea by Hanno Talving, Triin Siiner, Merle Ljubimova.

Spring on Pulga Farm (1998)

Spring is the time when a lot needs to be done, and the whole family gets busy with their work and chores. Whether it is washing the clothes, ploughing or taking care of the animals, every member of the family has tasks to complete. Filmed on Pulga farm during the farm days in 1998.

Spring on Pulga Farm (2000)

Spring is the time when a lot needs to be done, and the whole familiy gets busy with their work and chores. Whether it is making butter, washing the clothes, ploughing or heating the oven, every member of the family has tasks to complete. Filmed on Pulga farm during the spring day in May 2000.

Spring on Pulga Farm (1999)

Spring is the time when a lot needs to be done, and the whole family gets busy with their work and chores. Whether it is making butter, washing the clothes, ploughing or heating the oven, every member of the family has tasks to complete. Filmed on Pulga farm in May 1999.

Spring on Pulga Farm (2001)

Spring is the time when a lot needs to be done, and the whole family gets busy with their work and chores. Whether it is washing the clothes, ploughing or taking care of the animals, every member of the family has tasks to complete. Filmed on Pulga farm in 2001.

Spring Fair (2001)

Estonian Open Air Museum´s traditional spring fair, recording from 2001. Not only have fairs long been places or goods´ exchange, but people have also come there to meet one another, make acquaintances and entertain themselves. Fairs were full of colours, surprises, and things to flaunt and to look at.

Köstriaseme farmer is whetting a Knife

FIlmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum during the Spring farm days in 2000.

Drawing water from the well at Köstriaseme Farm

FIlmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum in spring 2000.

Christmas goat

Odd disguised creatures used to visit families during Christmas time, they were believed to bring good luck. One of the most popular  was the Christmas goat. Filmed during Christmas in 1998.

Estonian frams are made of timber and pain

Estonian writer Mats Traat has said that Estonian farms are made of timber and pain. This illustrates accurately the relationship that Estonians had with their farms. It is shown in the film dedicated to the barn-dwelling of Sassi-Jaani Farm. Filmed in 1993.

The Estonian Open Air Museum

Film by Andres Sööt. Text written by Merike Lang, read by Lembit Ulfsak. Monofilm 1997.

How to make white pudding

Hundred years ago traditional Estonian Christmas dish included white pudding. Tutor Meeri Väinsaar tells how to make sausage of pearl barley and pork. Filmed during the Christmas Village at the Estonian Open Air Museum in 1997.

Day of Kolu inn

Open air celebration with traditional dishes and song games. Day of Kolu Inn was filmed in 1998.

About making of candles

There was no electricity in old farms and in order to get light candles had to be made from sheep fat. Filmed during Christmas in 1998.

Christmas in Kuie Schoolhouse

In the old times during Christmas families told fairytales, palyed Christmas- and song games and decorated rooms with fresh straws. In Kuie School together with the schoolmistress Triin Siiner the children can get an idea of the Christmas spirit from our ancestors time. Filmed in 2000.   

 

St. Catherine's Day on Kutsari Farm

In Estonian folk calendar beggar impersonation is in addition to Martinmas also very important on St. Catherine´s Day. Catherine´s beggars are white and beautiful, with reed cheeks. Catherine´s beggars brought luck for cattle, especially sheep, they played riddles, sang and danced. The recording is from November 2000 when Catherine´s beggars visited Kutsari farm at the Estonian Open Air Museum. 

About making of candles

Tutor Meeri Väinsaar demonstrates how candles were made from sheep fat. Filmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum during the Christmas Village in 1997.

Opening of Orgmetsa Fire Station

Celebrations held for the opening of Orgmetsa Fire Station at the Estonian Open Air Museum on May 22, 1997. The fire station was built in 1928 in Orgmetsa village. It was used to store manual fire engines with carts, barrels of water, fire hooks etc. If necessary, firefighters could go to place up to 10 kilometers from the fire station.

St. Martin´s beggars in Kuie School

St. Martin´s Day is one of the most colorful holidays in Estonian folk calendar. Even today one can see St. Martin´s beggars dressed in dark clothes walking from home to home on St. Martin´s Eve. St. Martin´s beggars brought good luck and happiness to the family. Beggars are filmed in Kuie school at the Estonian Open Air Museum in November 2000.

Autumn on Pulga farm (1999)

Autumn is harvest time, a time to revel in the fruits of the field produced by the hard work in the spring and summer, a time to gather the crop into larders and storehouses. Traditional autumn farm day, held on Pulga farm at the Estonian Open Air Museum, is a good possibility to see the autumn chores of a farm household that nowadays are done by machines. Threshing, winnowing, grinding grain, washing clothes and whisking in a sauna after a long day are just some of the chores that one can see and even try. Filmed on September 11, 1999.

About rye bread and making bread

The rye bread has always been the most important food for Estonians. The mistress of Sassi-Jaani farm Ainu Vink is explaining about bread and bread making. Filmed at the Estonian Open Air Museum during Christmas in 1998.

Autumn on Pulga farm (1999)

Autumn is harvest time, a time to revel in the fruits of the field produced by the hard work in the spring and summer, a time to gather the crop into larders and storehouses. Traditional autumn farm day, held on Pulga farm at the Estonian Open Air Museum, is a good possibility to see the autumn chores of a farm household that nowadays are done by machines. Threshing, winnowing, grinding grain, washing clothes and whisking in a sauna after a long day are just some of the chores that one can see and even try. Filmed on September 10, 1999.

Making rye bread

Rye bread has always been the most important food for Estonians. Tutor Helve Tuulmets teaches how to make fresh rye bread. When the dough is ready the bread has to be shaped and put in to bake. Filmed on Sassi-Jaani farm at the Estonian Open Air Museum in 1997 during the Christmas Village.

Estonian Wedding Traditions

The silent film "Eesti pulmakombed" (Estonian Wedding Traditions) demonstrates the wedding customs common in the first half of the 19th century. The film is a part of the exhibition "The Circle of Life. Major life events from the cradle to the grave" and is based on the research done by Ülo Tedre and Piret Õunapuu. 

 

Estonian Wedding Traditions (2014)

Authors: Vivian Siirman/Dagmar Ingi/Estonian Open Air Museum

Music: The Estonian Folklore Archives

Farm days on Jüri-Jaagu farm

Filmed on July 16-17, 1999.

Autumn on Pulga farm (1998)

Autumn is harvest time, a time to revel in the fruits of the field produced by the hard work in the spring and summer, a time to gather the crop into larders and storehouses. Traditional autumn farm day, held on Pulga farm at the Estonian Open Air Museum, is a good possibility to see the autumn chores of a farm household that nowadays are done by machines. Threshing, winnowing, grinding grain, washing clothes and whisking in a sauna after a long day are just some of the chores that one can see and even try. Filmed in 1998.