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Museum Night

Ticket €1.
Only in cash!
From 18.00 to 23.00

Museum Night is an annual cultural event that takes place on a Saturday evening in May when dozens of museums and memory institutions across Estonia open their doors.

Museum Night 2022 is titled „Dreams in the Night“. What do museums dream about and what do the communities around the museums dream about? What is a museum of dreams like? We invite both the museums and the visitors to dream and act, amongst other things, in the name of greener, more sustainable, accessible and inclusive museums and the whole world.

On Museum Night the entry fee everywhere is €1. Ticket purchase only in cash!

The museums today dream big. Deep down we dream that we can share our values with our guests, help them see the world with a broader look, bring communities together, and be useful for the society. 

  • The Estonian Open Air Museum dreams of setting an example for home gardeners by non-toxic cultivation of heritage plants.  
  • The museum dreams of teaching people to value recycling and sustainable consumption by our exposition.  
  • The museum dreams of eradicating the suffering of civilians due to war. 
  • We dream about the preservation of small communities and their places of gathering.  
  • The Estonian Open Air museum not only dreams but also knows that we can do something about it. 

Donations at Museum Night

  • Museum Night cooperates with the charity called Minu Unistuste Päev (‘My Dream Day’) that helps to make the dreams of children with chronic diseases come true. At Museum Night, donations for the charity are also collected, among other museums, at the Estonian Open Air Museum.
  • At Härjapea farm, a home café has been set up. You can buy cakes and drinks in cash that will be donated to support Ukraine.

In the gardens of the museum, many old species of flowers – our heritage plants, are grown. Take a look at the flower beds in Köstriaseme, Härjapea, Jüri-Jaagu and Seto farm! Grab your phone, scan the QR-code on the plant signs, and look at the beautiful pictures of the plants in bloom (the text is only available in Estonian). 

Sassi-Jaani farm – heritage plants

By the farm's vegetable garden, you can get to know Estonian crops and find out why it is good to use only natural fertilizers in crop production.

Ask your hostess for the guide sheet! 

In the Sassi-Jaani farmyard, the volunteers from Minu Unistuste Päev (“My Dream Day”) are collecting donations.   

Köstriaseme farm – recycling

In the old times, all clothes were made of natural materials. After long and hard work of processing, flax became linen which was the main material used for sowing shirts and skirts, trousers and aprons. Worn clothes were not thrown away but mended and patched up. 

The hostess shows how you can get a unique piece of clothing by patching up a worn shirt. Do you mend your broken trousers?

Pulga farm – preserving forests

The forest is our natural resource that must be preserved. An exhibition by the Estonian Firefighting Museum introduces why forest fires occur, what we can do to prevent them, and the effects of forest fires are on people and nature.

Härjapea farm – home café to supports Ukrainian refugees

In the 1920s and 1930s, there were women's associations in the villages, which helped to improve village life by organising charity buffets and selling handicrafts.

On the initiative of the housewives of the open-air museum, the museum staff has baked a large number of cakes and pies and opened a home café to gather support for the Ukrainian war refugees.

Sepa farm – sustainable consumption

In the old days, everything from the tail to the horns of an animal was used. From sheep, you could get fat for making candles, bones for making needles, meat and, of course, wool, which was used to make warm clothes and bedspreads.

What do you need to do to make mittens from wool? What is your clothing made of and what do you do with broken woollen socks? How do candles made of sheep's wax smell? Find out from the hostess!

Kolu inn – communities  

There are many communities in Tallinn. Some of them are local regional societies, some unite people from different parts of Estonia and the world. The open-air museum warmly welcomes the cultural associations of Estonians and other nations. Cultural days have taken place at the Center for a Multicultural Estonia, led by our own Seto people as well as distant Siberian peoples.

At 6.30 pm, Tallinna Saarlaste Segakoor (mixed choir) will perform at the stable’s hall.

On Museum Night, the following places are open: Sepa, Sassi-Jaani, Köstriaseme, Pulga, Härjapea, Nuki and Aarte farms, Lau shop and Kolu inn. 

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