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 a.m. from May 26 to September 2.

 

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 19 to September 16, a master craftswoman weaves a woollen rug 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. On handicraft Saturdays during the summer season, the ladies at the farm teach how to make accessories for folk costumes: belts, belt bags and pockets that look nice with modern outfit as well.    

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 shows how to tie strong knots that are useful in seafaring, hiking and in everyday work. 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 holidays 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.

 

The range of goods offered by the Lau 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 19 to September 16) 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.

 

WHATS ON

April 23  Saint George's Day
May 1 Spring Fair
May 12 Women's Day
May 19 Night of Museums
June 9 Summer solstice celebration of ethnic minorities in Estonia
June 23 Midsummer Eve
September 16 Day of Estonian Bread and Autumn Fair
September 29      Michaelmas
          

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

May 1 – September 28 at Kolu Inn – Exhibition “Stripe Code” by textile artist Ene Pars.

 

May 1 – September 28 on the threshing floor of Pulga farm - 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. You can play a thematic searching game “Detectives of the Houses”.   

 

May 13 – September 28 at the barn of Seto Farm – an exhibition „Women with Covered Heads“

It is not only in the Seto tradition that veiling of the head has been a must for women.

Many Christians, as well as the Jews and Muslims, have followed the same custom. Yet what does it feel to wear a Seto headscarf or a Muslim headwear?

The exhibition is compiled by Andreas Kalkun (Estonian Folklore Archives) and Rebeka Põldsam (Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia).

 

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.

 

Midsummer Eve “From national awakening until national re-awakening” on June 23. Our ancestors considered the Midsummer Eve to be a mysterious and even a magical time, when the rules dominating in the earthly world are shaken up. For the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia there is an extraordinary opportunity on this night of miracles to travel through time to important breaking points in the formation of Estonian nation and country. Bonfires will be lit, music, dance, good food and drink will accompany you everywhere! 

 

NEW! Free Mobile App NUMU 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. 

 

New! Estonian Open Air Museum’s Information Centre in the Old Town of Tallinn at 2, Pikk Street. Find out about the events and tickets of the Estonian Open Air Museum and enjoy a break with a cup of coffee and light meals from Kolu Inn.

 

 

OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION:

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN DAILY: the farms, Lau Shop and Kuie School – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kolu Inn from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the park and Handicraft Shop – from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Adults: € 9• concession fee: € 6 • family fee: € 18 • annual individual pass: € 30 • annual

family pass: € 55

Family combo ticket for the Estonian Open Air Museum and Tallinn Zoo in summer: € 26; annual combo family pass: € 115.

Special prices can apply at museum events. Museum annual pass holders do not have to pay extra for such events.

 

Information Centre on Pikk Street 2 is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

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 take busses No. 41 and No. 41B. See the timetable: soiduplaan.tallinn.ee

 

CONTACT US

Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn 13521

Information line: +372 654 9100

Kolu Inn: +372 654 9119

Handicraft Shop and the ticket office:

+372 654 9101

Information Centre on Pikk Street 2, Tallinn 10123, pikk2@evm.ee, +372 5305 0637

www.evm.ee • evm@evm.ee

 

Information Centre on Pikk Street 2 is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.