Winter season

  • Adult fee 6 €

    Discount fee 4 €

    Family fee 12 €

29.09.2016 - 22.04.2017

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.


Winter activities at the farms

Once a week we make bread at 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 will be 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!


On Härjapea handicraft Saturdays the housewives dedicate late autumn months to ornamented knitwear. It was believed in the days of old that items decorated with meaningful patterns protected from evil spirits. Nowadays everybody knows that patterned cardigans, scarfs, hats and gloves are also the best protection against wintry weather. At Härjapea farm you can study the knitwear from the 1920-1930s and learn how to create patterns.


On Sundays the housewife of the Härjapea farm just can’t sit twiddling her thumbs. Good old or fascinating new preserves, roasts, baked goods and desserts will be made right in front of your eyes on Härjapea Food Sundays. As customary to the housewives from the 1930s we cook the dishes from seasonal food products.


On Saturdays and Sundays the school-mistress of Kuie school is showing how to write neatly with a quill and ink. In addition, visitors can buy an old-time postcard and send best regards to their loved ones.


On Sepa farm you can participate at the winter activities of the family. 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.


On weekends saleslady's weekend radio hours and handicraft workshops take place at Lau village shop. In 1930-s 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.

At the seamstress’ room skilled craft mistress Taimi Puus will teach hardanger, hemstitch and richelieu embroidery techniques. 


Large stoves are heated at the Seto farm where one can get warm even with 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 stove. 

At the barn the exhibition of Russian lubok pictures by Pavel Varunin is opened.


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 night and rag dolls of the Old Believers.

Two goat ladies bleat at the barn, in the film room the exhibition “Russian Old Believers in Estonia” by Jaanus Plaat can be enjoyed.  


We hope that you have dressed appropriately for the weather.


Winter season events

October 2   Onion and Fish Day
October 29   Day of Moldavian-Romanian Culture  
November 6   St. Martin's Day
November 13   Ukrainian Culture Day
November 20   Preparations for St. Catherine's Day
December 4   Armenian Culture Day
December 17-18   Christmas Village
December 26 - January 12   Holiday weeks at the farms
January 7   Seto and Peipus-Russian Christmas
January 29   Candlemas Day
February 24   Independence Day of the Republic of Estonia
February 25   Maslenitsa
February 26   Shrovetide and Maslenitsa for the families
February 27   Shrovetide Eve
February 28   Shrovetide Dance
March 5, 12, 19   Children's mornings
March 25   Lady Day
March 26   Dollhouse - Every Child's Dream
April 16   Easter



The museum is opened daily (except December 24, 25, 31). 

Farms*, Kuie School, Lau Village Shop   10:00-17:00  
Kolu Inn   on Mondays at 11:00-16:00;  from Tuesday to Sunday at 11:00-18:00
Handicraft shop and museum park   10:00-18:00  


* During the winter season Härjapea, Sepa, Setu farms and Peipus-Russian dwelling are opened.


Tickets are available at the museum's shop or at SilverTicket.