1 May from 10.00 to 16.00,
events on farms from 11.00 to 16.00
Free entrance for 65-year-olds!
HOW TO FIND US?
- 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
The fair stalls
situated along the main road is where you will find Estonian produce, foods and
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
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
Köstriaseme farm – village dance or your own
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
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
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)
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
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.