The Estonian Open Air
Museum will open a new exhibit building in time for the school holidays.
We welcome you to discover the new permanent exhibition at the Estonian Open Air Museum, 'Every Small Step Counts,' which was opened on October 21, 2023.
The exhibition is located in the barn-shed
building on Kolga farm, which is a part of the museum section displaying the
exhibits from Estonian islands. This long outbuilding typical of Hiiumaa rural architecture used to combine storehouses and cattle sheds joined at an
Within the building, former cattle sheds
will be housing the museum’s poultry and farm animals while the barn section
will become the exhibition and activity space ‘Every little step counts’ meant for children and families.
The barn-shed on Kolga farm is an exhibit the whole
family can enjoy. Little children will
be able to interact with farm animals in the shed and in the activity area,
learning more about them through educational games. Older kids will be able to
learn what each farm animal gives to people, how much work is required to care
for them, and how much responsibility keeping farm animals demands. Adults and
teenagers will be able to compare living on the farm in the old days with
modern consumer habits and to appreciate the mentality of environmental
sustainability, passing these values on to the younger generation.
exhibition ‘Every little step counts’ is brought to life by two main
characters: shepherd boy Ants from the late 19th
century and Liina, a girl living in the present-day city. The topics of the
exhibition are addressed through the dialogue of the two children. The
exhibition features a number of interactive hands-on tasks, and the visitors
will have to put some effort into obtaining new knowledge as well as give their
consumer habits some thought.
The former cattle sheds in the barn-shed will be housing the museum’s poultry and
farm animals. Guided visits begin at 11.00, 13.00 and
the winter season (2023/2024), the barn-shed is open at weekends and during
school holidays: from 23 to 29 October, from 21 December to 7 January, from 19
February to 3 March, and from 22 to 28 April.
The building will be open every day in the
Please take off your shoes and leave them
at the entrance before entering the area of the exhibition ‘Every little step
The barn-shed on Kolga farm is a unique
and distinctive example of rural architecture, but, unfortunately, the original
structure was destroyed in a fire on the museum grounds in 1980s. The
55-metre-long building from Hiiumaa has now beet fully restored to its former
glory and will be housing the museum’s farm animals as well our environmental