Winter season

  • Adult fee 8 €

    Discount fee 6 €

    Family fee 16 €

September 29, 2019 - April 22, 2020

The open air museum does not sleep during the winter season. It is a place to enjoy fresh air in the middle of a historic village. You can also use an opportunity to take a seat in one of the farms and talk with the mistress of the house. In winter season the museum park is open as well as the following buildings: Härjapea, Sepa, Seto farms, Peipus-Russian dwelling, Kuie School, Kolu Inn, Lau Shop and handicraft shop.


Bread baking on Härjapea farm

At 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon we set the leaven to ferment and have the dough ready for the first rise. Leaven is also sold in Kolu Inn for any housewife to make bread dough at home.

On Saturday morning we are kneading the dough, which is truly gruelling and time-consuming. We then leave the dough to rise again behind the stove, heat up the stove and put the bread in to bake. To make the bread especially tasty and soft, we’ll cover it with a fur coat afterwards.

On Sunday fresh rye bread can be tasted. The housewives of the Härjapea farm bake their bread using Veski-Mati flour.


October 4-6

November 1-3

December 6-8

January 3-5

February 7-9

March 6-8

April 3-5


Handicraft Saturdays on Härjapea farm

From October to February

On Saturdays the housewife of Härjapea farm is busy knitting woollen socks, mittens, hats and sweaters. Patterns and necessary techniques will be provided to everybody who is interested. Anyone who is struggling with knitting a sock heel or darning a glove can get good advice from here.


Sunday cooking on Härjapea farm

From October to February

The Härjapea housewife can’t sit idle even on Sundays. Good old as well as fascinating new preserves, roasts, cookies and desserts are made right in front of your eyes. As customary to the 1930s, the housewives use seasonal food products for cooking.


Calligraphy days in Kuie School

On Saturdays and Sundays from October to February

The schoolmistress of Kuie School teaches how to write neatly with a dip pen. In addition, visitors can buy old-fashioned postcards and send best regards to their loved ones.


Winter activities on Sepa farm

On Saturdays and Sundays from October to February

Such a load of work has the smith had on the manor this year that he hasn’t had time to saw and split firewood for the winter, so some work will promptly be assigned to anyone willing to have a go at sawing timber with a two-man saw or chopping some wood.

The smith’s wife shows how farm children crafted fun toys from handy materials.


Saleslady's weekend radio hours and handicraft workshop at Lau village shop

In the 1930s only those who were well-off could afford such a luxury item as a radio. Those who had managed to get one for the household wanted to share their joy and would often invite village folk to have a look at their new radio and listen to the shows. Likewise, the saleslady of Lau village shop will be glad to have visitors over to listen to modern music or the news of the day together on her brand new radio.

Having listened to the news, one can buy hard candy or chocolate, thread and needles or fabric for a blouse, mugs and soap and whatever one needs.

In the seamstress’ room, skilled master crafter Taimi Puus will teach Hardanger and Richelieu embroidery as well as hemstitch techniques. Workshops can be arranged on agreement, please register in advance + 372 53 451 660.


Activities at the Seto farm

On Sundays and Saturdays

Large stoves are heated at the Seto farm where one can get warm even in a freezingly cold weather. On Saturdays and Sundays the room is filled with good aromas since delicious Seto dishes are cooked in the big oven and on the cooking range.

At the barn a photo exhibition “We, the Roma” by Annika Haas is displayed from October 21.


Activities at Peipus-Russian dwelling

On Saturdays and Sundays

Samovar was the centrepiece in the everyday life of the Old Believers. Making and drinking tea was a ritual that was taken time for and enjoyed. At Peipus-Russian dwelling you can learn to drink tea according to the customs of the Old Believers. The housewife gives tips on how to prepare delicious boiled sugar. Children can try to make rag dolls traditional to the Old Believers.  

At the barn you can find two she-goats bleating and two rabbits nibbling hay. In the adjoining film room you can watch movies about the life of the Old Believers in Estonia.