Polva Peasant Museum is a unique open air museum in Southern Estonia. The visitors can learn about the school, local community government and life in farm of the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The typical arrangement of the buildings in the community centre was formed at the end of the 19th century. The territory of the museum is 5 ha and the visitors can take a look at a court, a school and a community house with outbuildings, a smith farm and a Dutch windmill. The exhibition also includes agricultural machinery and vehicles.
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Nice and cosy place
Jul 2016 • Solo
Nice open air museum in more countryside area for those who are interested in life and things in the past. There is even a house around 100 years old with old things and stuff inside, a former official house sort of. Then another one with machinery and wool-stuff. And a windmill that's been transported to there from somewhere else. Then a unique "map" of Põlva county made by pupils many years ago -- roads, buildings, places, you can walk on it (it's visible in Google Earth too). There's a special house about old-time bee-keeping -- exhibition of stuff that was used for honey production about 100 years ago and maybe earlier. A former local schoolhouse is the main museum building there and those benches have been maintained (from 1970's when the school was shut). There are also buildings on the other side of the road but I haven't visited those yet. There is a railway station about 5 km away (1-3 trains a day). Very special natural Taevaskoja area is not too far away from there. This is not just museum, there are also events like fairs (handicraft etc.). Friendly staff. I visited this place with bicycle. Põlva town is not far away. You can also come from Tartu or Tallinn by train (Kiidjärve stop) and then walk.
Written 24 August 2016
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