Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum
Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Nature & Wildlife Areas • History Museums
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10:00 - 19:00
Monday
10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 19:00
Thursday
10:00 - 19:00
Friday
10:00 - 19:00
Saturday
10:00 - 19:00
Sunday
10:00 - 19:00
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Within just a 15-minute drive from the center of Tallinn there is a delightful place – the Estonian Open Air Museum that invites you to see rural architecture and get acquainted with village life. The 14 farms of the museum show the visitor the life of families of different income and occupation in the 18th-20th centuries. As in anyreal village, there is a church, an inn, a school, a number of mills, a fire station, a village shop and net sheds by the sea. Although 74 buildings have been brought over so far, the museum is far from being completed; it is constantly changing and developing. You can have good time and also learn something at the Estonian Open Air Museum in any season!
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Molenareman
Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands19 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We arrived at 14:30-15:00 and all the buildings were already closed. No signs or texts to give any context. Not worth the 12 euro entrance fee at all.

Skip this museum for now. Has potential, but needs more work for non-Estonians.
Written 16 August 2022
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Alejandro D
Tallinn, Estonia9 contributions
Sep 2021
Vast natural spaces with real-life examples of how the Estonian culture lived in old times. The staff is very knowledgeable and provides insight into the premises and history of the country. A must-see museum, indeed!
Written 3 August 2022
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passionfruitsin
singapore195 contributions
Aug 2021
It is easily reachable by public bus. If you want to experience what life was like in the old days in Estonia, this is a must visit place. The real life experience is something you cannot get from looking at pictures in a normal museum. You can easily spend a full day here andvstill be wanting for time to explore the place. Would recommend this to everyone visiting Estonia.
Written 31 July 2022
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CanadianInukshuk
TORONTO170 contributions
Sep 2021
We absolutely loved our time at this fantastic outdoors museum. I

It was really easy to get to by bus from Tallin. Staff were very nice. The cafe was great with local food and especially good coffee, great place to take a break.

Make sure you stop at the farm that details traditional Estonian wedding celebrations, that was interesting.

Make a circuitous routing anti clockwise, finishing at the communist era apartment building. This was so enlightening. The curator will show you the best way to view the various apartments starting from the earliest in the 1960's working your way to modern times. Was a great way to understand what Estonia has been through, especially watch the 10min movie in the basement about collective farming.

So glad we made the effort to get here.
We arrived for opening just after 10am and didn't leave till about 3pm then we had plenty of time back in the old town of Tallin.
Written 2 October 2021
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MiraThePumpkin
Cambridge, UK198 contributions
Aug 2021
When we came to the Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum, the first we saw was ticket office with gift shop in it. The gift shop is amazing and has so much to offer: clothes, jewellery, crockery, toys, books, music, and much much more. Also, they have coffee, ice-creams and various snacks. We were asked to show proof of COVID vaccination to be allowed to enter the place.

The Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum area is large and there's possibility of riding bike to get to houses quicker. However, the houses are literally everywhere so you don't have to walk far to encounter the next one. We spent around 3h of walking minimum and got quite exhausted. However, we discovered only around 50% of places!

The houses are from 18-20th centuries, and are preserved very well. They are full of character and are so lovely both outside and inside. Importantly, some houses have people dressed in traditional Estonian clothes who either do particular activity to recreate a scene from the past (e.g. read a book while looking after sheep, making horseshoe or knitting decorative ornaments). Other workers are there to tell you a story of particular house, e.g. how a family used particular house, how people decorated their house for an event, how kids were taught at school, etc. The houses had lots of old well-preserved furniture, machines, and other objects which tell a story about particular house and family. There's lots of houses such as homes, school, fire department, sauna, animal enclosure, specialised buildings for crafting something, etc.

The area around the houses is also well thought of. When we were walking, we saw lots of native plants, berries and bushes. There's also things like benches, bridges, dog house, well, hay table, and others, all of which recreate atmosphere of old times.

It is important to mention that this place has a nice cafe with Estonian food. I suspect the dishes are based on old recipes. It was very tasty and the table service is nice.

Overall, this is a place worth visiting if you are interested in Estonian culture and/or 18-20th century. You can enjoy visiting it with kids because there's some fun activities for them, such as walking on "stork legs" or crafting decorations for the house. I definitely feel like this made my trip to Estonia very memorable, and I am very tempted to come again to explore the other half of Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum.
Written 21 August 2021
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Gee T
Edmonton, Canada23 contributions
Aug 2020
I found the old buildings and people dressed in period costumes quite interesting. I walked back into the city along the waterfront was very relaxing in nature.
Written 25 September 2020
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA398 contributions
Sep 2019
Great collection of building from all around Estonia. Very large park setting that has wide trails/roads between the different farms, windmills, churches, stores, and functioning tavern. I spent almost all day here and found the information plentiful. Some buildings are staffed and the staff was very friendly and helpful with extra details about their buildings and displays. Displays cover the workings of a farm, household, church, windmill, general store - basically life in that area and era. One farm is even set up for a wedding! This covers a time period from the 17th century to early 20th century. They are continuing to add so I look forward to visiting again in the future.
Written 30 August 2020
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Ugallivant
Tallinn, Estonia102 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
It was a great summer day spent at the museum. The history and the lifestyle in the 18th century is great to see. It shows the rural living during that time. Do bring a picnic to eat by the sea.
Written 21 July 2020
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M00M
Tallinn, Estonia636 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Unfortunately we misread the opening hours and we called them. Maybe they understood us incorrectly but I asked if the entrance is open until 18:30 can we still see inside the houses until 20 as the area closes then. They said we could. But tge truth is everything was closing up at 18:30. So don't be late. But besides that it's very lovely Estonian history there. Our kids were thrilled to see all those low old buildings and the way people used to live here not so long ago. Without electricity or anything.
Written 5 July 2020
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annas1lv1a
34 contributions
Jul 2019
You can (and probably will) learn a lot about Estonian history. Would definitely recommend to visit this place and have a picnic while you're there
Written 24 February 2020
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