Museums in Estonia

Lavassaare Railway Museum

The third-largest museum of its kind in whole Europe, Estonia's narrow gauge railway museum displays a whole host of locomotives from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as equipment and other train-related artefacts like rail-cars. Best of all, on Saturdays visitors can ride the museums own train. Reference: In Your Pocket
Founded: | Location: Lavassaare, Estonia

Kassari Manor

The Manor Lodge House houses a permanent and comprehensive exhibition of Hiiumaa history from the origins of the island trough to the last decade of the twentieth century. There are items dating from the Tsarist, Estonian, and Soviet periods related to maritime history, as well as the history of agriculture and the manors. The Old Lodge garden is an ideal place for summer events and the museum shop offers a great choice ...
Founded: | Location: Käina, Estonia

Mahtra Peasantry Museum

Mahtra Peasant Museum displays everyday items and tools from 19th century, and the 1858 war of Mahtra with it's background and happenings. Atla-Eeru tavern, where various thematic events are held, is a part of the Museum. Reference: Visit Estonia
Founded: | Location: Juuru, Estonia

Jakob Markson House Museum

Jakob Markson (1859-1910) was a local sea captain and ship owner. His home is today a museum introducing a typical 19th century captain’s home with a storehouse, sauna, granary, barn, dwelling house and cart sheds. The storehouse is equipped with tools used for making sailing ships; the granary is full of old farming equipment. The dwelling house, having a veranda with fretwork windows, demonstrates the typical cons ...
Founded: | Location: Pärnumaa, Estonia

Kihnu Museum

The museum of Kihnu was established in 1974 into the old schoolhouse. Expositions are divided between four rooms. Two of them are dedicated to the everyday life of the island through centuries: tools, clothes, handicrafts, furniture. The other two are dedicated to the local representatives of naïve art and to other famous men from Kihnu: Theodor Saar, a researcher in the studies of local lore; Enn Uuetoa, a captain a ...
Founded: 1974 | Location: Kihnu, Estonia

Kolkja Museum of Old Believers

The Russian Old-Believers (starovery) have kept their religious rituals unchanged for more than 1000 years. Today, there are 11 starover congregations with approximately 15 000 members in Estonia. A museum situated in Kolkja village on the coast of Lake Peipsi displays traditional clothes, crafts, tools, household items, and religious items of the Old-Believers. Reference: Kolkja Museum of Old Believers
Founded: | Location: Peipsiääre, Estonia

Estonian Distillery Industry Museum

Estonian Distillery Industry Museum belongs to private company Onistar. The museum is located in the old distillery building of Moe manor that was built in the 18th century. The Moe manor itself is demolished as well as most annexes. The first official notes on the distillery date back to 1794, when Reval District Registry of Distilleries was drawn, including also the distillery of Muddise (present-day Moe) Manor. The in ...
Founded: 1794 (museum 1971) | Location: Tapa vald 5, Estonia

Mõniste Museum

The Mõniste Museum is the oldest open-air museum in Estonia. The museum complex consists two buildings with annexes. The threshing barn dating back to Czarist times features the interior of the 19th century building, tools, household utensils and clothing. The farmhouse from the times of the first Republic of Estonia exhibits the tools that blacksmiths used, horse necessaries, handicraft tools, national costumes, f ...
Founded: 1948 | Location: Mõniste, Estonia

Saatse Seto Museum

Saatse Seto Museum was opened in the former schoolhouse on 1 July 1974. The renovated museum is small and cosy and it displays the most extensive collection of historical objects in Setomaa. It also includes a large wooden figure of Peko, the god of fertility, created by local artist Renaldo Veeber. The museum possesses a beautiful park spreading over several hectares with a study trail, only a few hundred metres from Rus ...
Founded: 1974 | Location: Värska, Estonia

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

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Medieval Walls of Avila

The city walls of Avila were built in the 11th century to protect the citizens from the Moors. They have been well maintained throughout the centuries and are now a major tourist attraction as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk around about half of the length of the walls.

The layout of the city is an even quadrilateral with a perimeter of 2,516 m. Its walls, which consist in part of stones already used in earlier constructions, have an average thickness of 3 m. Access to the city is afforded by nine gates of different periods; twin 20 m high towers, linked by a semi-circular arch, flank the oldest ones, Puerta de San Vicente and Puerta del Alcázar.