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. You can see a movie about transferring buildings to the museum and assemble a small log house.
Dance performances of the Folklore Society Leigarid take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. from May 25 to September 1.
An exhibition in the chamber of the farmhouse, „Leigarid 50!“, introduces the folk ensemble called into being in 1969 to present folk culture to the visitors of the open air museum. How did the ensemble, first lead by Kristjan Torop, get its name? What obstacles has it encountered during half a century?
At Köstriaseme farm, the housewife practices yarn dyeing and straw plaiting. Chickens scratch around on the yard. Visitors can test their skills of sawing firewood or using a whetstone. On Saturdays and Sundays from May 18 to September 15, a master craftswoman weaves finer fabric on a loom.
Nuki farm presents a scene from everyday life of a poorer family. Making their living by handicraft, the cotter’s family has to fit in two tiny 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, they cook and bake delicious dishes, following recipes from the cookery books of the 1920s and 1930s.
Two rabbits in outdoor hutches bring joy to the kids from the middle of May.
Aarte farm takes a glimpse at the life of a fisherman's family from the northern coast. Here you can see items brought along from Finnish friends and longer sea trips, i.e. something you can rarely find on inland farms.
In the entrance hall, you can learn how to tie strong knots. These may be useful in seafaring, hiking or in your daily work life.
Exhibition at Roosta farm focuses on a more sombre event. Old farm mistress' earthly life has come to an end. Her dead body rests now on a plank bed 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, the housewife is in the middle of a laundry day. Washing clothes by hand is no laughing matter. Come and help her out. On the yard, you can try doing the laundry with a laundry bat and a washboard and, in the chamber, try smoothing the linen with a mangle board and a roller or with a charcoal iron.
On Jüri-Jaagu farm, you can see the most delightful and colourful event of anyone's life – the wedding. The wedding house hosts guests in striking Muhu folk costumes, the dowry chest is filled to the brim with beautiful handicraft, the table is richly laid and the loud party can be heard even beyond the farmyard.
Two native sheep are grazing in the cattle yard starting from June.
On Jaagu farm, you can pay a visit to a smallholder’s family from Muhu Island. Here a strong island woman makes her living as a seamstress, along with raising children. Her husband, however, as is the custom on the island, is away from home – at seasonal work on the mainland or sailing on a ship.
Seto Vanatalo farm introduces the life and culture of Orthodox Seto people living on the southeast borderland of Estonia. From Saturday to Tuesday, exciting Seto dishes are prepared in the kitchen.
Who is lucky enough can pet Ryzhik – a fluffy cat curled up on the big oven.
By the village swing of the Seto farm, old-time dart game equipment is waiting for the players. Enjoy yourself, but be careful to collect the tools afterwards, so that others can have fun as well.
At Peipus-Russian dwelling the housewife makes tea with a samovar. On weekends, she prepares oven dishes and bakes pies or biscuits. Every child can taste a piece of boiled sugar – a traditional sweet of the Russian Old Believers. On Thursdays, she opens the drawers and shows the beautiful handicraft of 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.
At Rusi farm, you can find out how several families with children lived in a bunch in a couple of small chambers of the barn-dwelling. You can learn about the turns children's lives might have taken and the impact it had on the life of their homestead.
In the kiln-room there is an exhibition on Estonian 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 and study the old texts.
The range of goods offered by the Lau village shop is broad. Tasty sweets and chocolates for kids, beautiful fabrics, fancy dishware, spices and seasonings for the ladies, household tools and implements ranging from scythes to buckets, craft beers and fine wines for the gents.
Stop and think of fundamental life values in the old wooden Sutlepa Chapel. Sacred songs of the Estonian Swedes help envision their world.
Sepa farm is engaged in raising sheep. Processing wool requires its fair share of skills. The mistress of Sepa demonstrates and talks about what kind of work needed to be done to turn fleece into warm socks.
Sheep graze on the yard from the beginning of May.
On Saturdays and Sundays (from May 18 to September 15), the blacksmiths from Kopli Vocational School are working in the smithy.
On the ground floor of Kalma windmill visitors can see a photo display of Estonian windmills and play a Mill Game with their companions.
Horse-drawn carriage rides are available daily. The ride begins from opposite the Kolu Inn.
|April 23||Saint George's Day|
|May 1||Spring Fair and Easter by the Old Calendar|
|May 18||Night of Museums|
|May 25||Lithuanian Culture and Food Day|
|June 9||Village Swing Holiday|
|June 23||Midsummer Eve|
|June 29||Day of Wooden House 2019|
|September 15||Day of Estonian Bread and Autumn Fair|
May 1 – September 28 at Kolu Inn – An exhibition “Through the flowers”, curated by master crafter Lembe Sihvre, displays blankets decorated with floral embroidery.
May 15 – September 28 on the threshing floor of Pulga farm - An exhibition „Borrowing style: development of farm furniture“
The exhibition opens a less known chapter in the history of Estonian furniture. The impact of international art styles on farm furniture from the turn of the 19th–20th centuries reveals the farmers’ sense of beauty along with their handicraft and imitation skills.
May 16 – September 28 – An exhibition starting from the front entrance „Museum on a big screen. 55 years of filming at the Estonian Open Air Museum“
According to filmmakers, in a fast developing world museums are transforming into increasingly irreplaceable filming locations. But what is it like to film in an institution, whose primary purpose is to acquire, conserve and communicate heritage? The exhibition introduces the process of filmmaking in an open-air museum environment, focusing on a dozen screenings starting with a television film from the 1960s and finishing with the recent blockbuster, “Truth and Justice” (2019).
An exhibition-journey “Here’s a little choo-choo train… from Estonia to Livonia along the Tallinn-Tartu railroad”. 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.
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.
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: € 10; concession fee: € 7; family fee: € 20.
annual individual pass: € 40; annual family pass: € 65.
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 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
NB! Dogs are always welcome in the museum park, but we kindly ask you to keep your dog on a short lead. We also ask that you do not take your dog inside any of the historic buildings.
• 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, +372 5305 0637
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