Jeb Inge

The Estonian Open Air Museum

Located in the western suburbs of Tallinn, the Estonian Open Air Museum is a lifesize village replicating farm life in Estonia throughout the last centuries. Visitors are able to immerse themselves in history, stepping through the decades and centuries merely by walking from farm to farm. Most of the buildings are original, and moved from different parts of Estonia. The depth of knowledge and experience the visitor receives is truly impressive, and seeing the different ways in which Estonian farmers lived - from when the country was a part of the Russian Empire, through to independence and Soviet rule - leaves a deep impression. 

Scenes from an Estonian Kolkhoz

I recently visited an open air museum in Estonia, which interprets farms from different eras of Estonian history. It was one of the best museums I’ve ever been to, and it’s dedication to authenticity is incredible. Interestingly, at the end of the park there is a building that shows what living in an Estonian Kolkhoz building would have looked like. It shouldn’t be surprising to find this there, as the people that lived in these small apartment buildings worked on collective farms set up under communist agrarian systems and this was, after all, a museum about farm life.

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