Air Museum has a collection of the largest museum exhibits in Estonia – a
collection of folk architecture, which includes 83 buildings from the 18th
century to the present day, from an archaic village chapel and windmills to a
kolkhoze apartment building and a 21st century manufactured wooden house.
collection of objects includes, for example, a 300-year-old trunk, farm furniture,
lighting, textiles, wooden dishes, tools, as well as an iron bed from the
Soviet period, a pack of sugar, a soap box, sports shoes from 1970 and a
blue-black-white potato basket from 2000.
collection is decorated with an album of Johannes Parikas with pictures from
the countryside at the beginning of the 20th century, there are a total of
55,461 photos and negatives.
art collection features works by artists who love village life (K. Burman, M.
Bormeister, A. Pulst, R. Sagrits, H. Eelma and others). Architectural
researchers are delighted by the watercolours of one of the museum's founders,
architect Karl Tihas, which were made while searching for buildings and writing
a book on folk architecture.
ethnographic archive and scientific articles consist data on buildings and
living conditions, collected in the fieldwork of the museum's researchers. In
the documentary archive we preserve old documents, both love and concern
letters, pamphlets; textbooks, books and newspapers in fund library.
treasures will be preserved, conservated and, if necessary, restored by the
museum's restorers. For wood, metal, textiles, leather, glass, porcelain,
printed matter – each museum exhibit has its own expert who will help extend
its life and keep it for future generations.
collections of the Estonian Open Air Museum can be viewed
through the Estonian
Museum Information System MuIS.