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Spring fair

Ticket fee 5 €

Free entrance for 65-year-olds!

1 May from 10.00 to 16.00, events on farms from 11.00 to 16.00

Free entrance for 65-year-olds!


  • By car: free parking at the parking lot at the main entrance of the museum or at the rear entrance parking lot (about 1 km from the main entrance in the direction of Kakumäe).
  • By public transport: buses No. 21 and 21B will bring you to the main entrance of the museum (bus stop Rocca al Mare) or to the rear gate closer to the event location (bus stop Õismäe raba). Buses No. 41 and 41b will get you from the museum to the city centre.
  • Use this great opportunity! A self-driving bus from Auve Tech takes you from Rocca al Mare centre to our museum and back. Buss rides from 10.00 to 16.30.

1 May in Estonia is celebrated as the Spring Day, but it also starts the month of the Open Air Museum’s anniversary.  This year, there is a very special reason for a bigger celebration because the museum turns 65. The Open Air Museum is a special museum. We collect houses, and they come alive for our visitors$ we plough our fields and raise stock. Our village celebrates weddings and holds dancing festivals, we serve delicious food and educate people about the value and restoration of historical buildings, old construction methods and long-standing traditions. What is the Open Air Museum like these days? Our researchers, conservators, educators, curators and other specialists will tell and show you that during the opening event of our anniversary month, which will be held at the same time as our traditional spring fair.

The fair stalls situated along the main road is where you will find Estonian produce, foods and handicraft.


Great spring fair of food and handicraft along the main road of the museum and in the yard of Nuki farm.  


Sassi-Jaani farm – limestone exhibition and gardening

Barn-dwelling chamber

Beata Vessart’s and Helle Perens’s exhibition ‘Keeping the beauty of limestone’. At 12.30, Helle Perens will be giving a short lecture to introduce the exhibition.


The farm garden is where you can learn how gardening is organised in the museum, which historical species are cultivated in the museum, and when it is the right time to sow or plant them. You can even plant some seeds yourself if you want to.

In front of the barn

Buildings alone cannot show you how people used to live, so the museum also collects furniture, tools and household items that help us tell the visitors about our ancestors’ daily life. In the barn on Sassi-Jaani farm, you can see plenty of things necessary in any farmer’s household. You can also ask the farmwife what the rooms in the barn were used for and what was stored there.


Köstriaseme farm – village dance or your own celebration

Has it ever occurred to you that the museum could be a great location for a birthday party or even a wedding reception? This can be arranged! Ask the women in the barn yard how to organise the best celebration ever in the museum.

The ‘clean yard’ of the farm is where you will find the folk ensemble ‘Leigarid’. This is a good old village dance, and the tradition has been going on for more than 50 years! Performances by ‘Leigarid’ start at 11.30, 13.00 and 14.30.

The inn – museum on the screen

In addition to a good meal, you can see the best of the museum’s film projects accumulated over the years in the stables hall of the inn.


Härjapea farm – anniversary celebration  (living heritage)

The living history programmes that take place during the events at the museum have been enriching our guests’ experience for 30 years. Visitors say it is as if they got an opportunity to travel back in time. Härjapea farm shows how people used to live during the first period of Estonia’s independence before World War II.

This time, we focus on the tradition of celebrating birthdays and professional anniversaries, which became widespread in 1920s–1930s. It was actually a matter of pride and honour for well-off farmers. So, the forward-thinking owner of the farm will be celebrating life’s first major jubilee, turning 50, as well as the 25th anniversary of working in the local education association.


Pulga farm – the hearth (heating), exhibition about forest fires

What really makes a museum house come alive is fire in the stove and the warmth it brings. But there are certain fire safety rules one must follow when making a fire, and the fire must never be left unattended. The farmer will be firing up the kiln and giving advice on how it is done.

The farmhand will be busy firing up the sauna, and the maid can be found cooking in the summer kitchen.


Orgmetsa fire station 25 – brass band

The museum obtained Orgmetsa fire station in 1997. To celebrate the anniversary of this exhibit and boost the spring mood with lively tunes, we have invited Tallinn Firefighter Society’s brass band Pritsu Brass.

Performances of Pritsu Brass start at 12.00 and 14.00.

NB! Pritsu Brass will donate their fee for the concert to the Estonian Rescue Association to support rescue services in Ukraine. You can contribute as well – the donation box is in Lau shop.


Lau shop – conservation and donations

Lau shop is where you can buy some snacks or whatever else you might need. In the corner of the shop, you will find the donation box for donations to support Ukrainian rescue services.

The living-room of the same building will become a pop-up workshop of the specialists from the Conservation and Digitization Centre Kanut, who will be showing visitors how to bring partially destroyed items back to life. Come and see for yourself if it is skill or magic!


Kuie schools – builders’ fair,  crafting with stones

Limestone and dolomite have been used as construction materials in the territory of Estonia for millennia. Limestone was declared the national stone of Estonia 30 years ago. To mark the occasion, 2022 is celebrated as the Limestone Year.

In the classroom, you will find a display of rocks. Can you recognise the Estonian national stone? You can also use bits of rock to make a picture of a house.

The school yard will have become the grounds for a builders’ fair with limestone producers showing their products and restoration companies that use these materials introducing what they do.

  • 11.00–12.00 Lime plaster workshop in the tent of ‘MEISTRI’
  • 13.00–13.45 Thermal insulation plaster workshop in the tent of the museum’s Centre of Rural Architecture
  • 13.45–14.30 ‘RestHunt’ in the tent of the museum’s Centre of Rural Architecture: exhibition of decorative elements made from limestone and a short lecture on how the exhibits were made and how they can be used  
  • 14.30–15.15 Introductory workshop in the tent of ‘Saviukumaja’: matte and glossy natural lime plasters – marmorino and stucco

Lectures by limestone producers and restoration specialists will be held on the 2nd floor of Kuie school.

  • 12.30–13.00 Thermal insulation plaster – natural industrial plaster
  • 15.15–16.00 Estonian limestone – message from primeval nature



Kolkhoz apartment building – children’s games and birthday foods (museum’s educational projects)

The Kolkhoz building adds diversity to the museum’s educational events, and this is where you can see what games children played during the Soviet period. Do you remember playing any fun games when you were little?

Next to the Kolkhoz apartment building, you will see 10-year-old Tiina having a birthday party. The next door ‘Auntie’ has herded the kids who want to play and is supervising the fun and games in the yard, and the grandfatherly neighbour will gladly play board games with you.

In the 1978 apartment, the birthday party table is laden with period foods, including Cat Arthur’s Cake, which is corn puffs in caramel, and potato salad. The housewife will be making snacks for the party table in the meantime.


Sepa farm – animal husbandry

As you enter the grounds of Sepa farm, you will be greeted by our friendly sheep Juuli and Maali. The farmwife will tell you what other domestic animals we keep at the museum and how we take care of them.

The sheep grew nice thick coats over the winter, so the small sauna in now stuffed with their wool, and you, too, can use some of it to make yourself a toy sheep or some other animal.


Road between Kolga farm and Roosta farm – restoration of a stone fence

Between 11.00 and 13.30 as well as 14.30 and 16.00 you will be able to watch how we restore a dilapidated stone fence and ask the specialists for advice.


Setu farm – the cat

Come by our Setu farm Vanatalo to see its old building as well as the new one. If you are lucky, you could see the farm master, Vasso the cat.


Russian house from Peipus – goats and animal-themed crossword

The Russian house from Peipus is where our goats Pipi and Juula live. Ask the farmwife for an animal-themed crossword, too!



Beata Vessart and Helle Perens, Pritsu Brass, Estonian Rescue Association, Kopli Vocational School of Tallinn, Auve Tech.

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