Estonian National Museum

Tartu, Estonia

The Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum) was originally founded 1909 in Tartu is a museum devoted to folklorist Jakob Hurt's heritage, to Estonian ethnography and folk art. The first items for the museum were originally collected in the latter part of the 19th century.

The grand opening of the new museum building took place in Autumn 2016. The new single storey building houses the museum as well as supplying conference space and a cinema. The building design incorporates the history of the site including the manor, the second World War and the former military airfield.

The museum tracks the history, life and traditions of the Estonian people, presents the culture and history of other Finnic peoples, and the minorities in Estonia. It has a comprehensive display of traditional Estonian national costumes from all regions. A collection of wood carved beer tankards illustrates the traditional peasant fests and holidays. The exhibition includes an array of other handicrafts from hand-woven carpets to linen tablecloths.



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Founded: 2016
Category: Museums in Estonia
Historical period: New Independency (Estonia)

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Greg Kondrasuk (13 months ago)
This is a very interesting museum if you are interested in learning about the history of Estonia. The museum has an enormous number of items on display, spanning Estonia's culture and history for the last 1000+ years. All of the items on display have electronic placards that use e-ink displays to change the language of their text. You just swipe your museum ticket on them and the language changes to the language chosen when you purchased your ticket. Really neat! We spent the entire afternoon there, trying to take it all in. The museum also features a really nice restaurant. We started our visit with lunch there and it was excellent!
Taavi (15 months ago)
The Estonian National Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the country's history and culture. The museum's collection is extensive and fascinating, providing a detailed look into the lives and traditions of Estonian people throughout the ages. The building itself is also impressive, with a modern and sleek design that blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. The museum's exhibitions are well-curated, informative, and engaging, making for a memorable and enriching experience. If you've been roaming enough and start feeling hungry, there's also a restaurant and you can pick a quick snack or a full meal. Overall, the Estonian National Museum is a wonderful place to spend a few hours and learn more about Estonia's rich heritage.
Zach Egan (2 years ago)
This museum is simply incredible. The attention to detail is astounding. From the building itself, to the interactive tickets, to the level of detail in the exhibits, this museum is probably the most well curated/designed/planned museum I have ever been to. It is well worth the trip to Tartu alone.
Garrett Fagnou (2 years ago)
Very beautiful museum but it is designed more like an art museum than a history one. There is no chronological order to follow, which made learning harder for me. You are given cards with your language on them at the start, where you tap on the information screen and it switches to your language. Very cool.
Mark Väljak (2 years ago)
An awesome place to spend either 1-2 hours if you are rushing through it or an entire day if you want to learn about art, culture, IT history of Estonia, general history of Estonia and so on... they have alot of hands on activities there to get engaged. I ended up spening 6 hours there just reading and learning, watching films about arts and many other things. They also have cafeteria with good prices and good quality food.
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