Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, Tallinn

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Immerse yourself in the past at Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum, a life-size showcase of centuries of Estonian village life, architecture, and culture. Home to about 80 buildings dating as far back as 1699, the village offers the chance to see the structures in a traditional rural setting. Visit the museum and explore the 72 hectares (178 acres) of forested coastal landscape divided into different themed zones, each dedicated to showcasing one of the country's prominent regions and its architectural styles. You'll notice how large a role fishing and farming played in country life, as evidenced by the presence of mills and fish storehouses. Try your hand at cooking, embroidery, or a number of other handicrafts while you're at the museum; those with little ones will find plenty of kid-friendly activities and demonstrations as well. Afterward, kick back with some traditional Estonian cooking at the village tavern. Plan to visit Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Estonian Open Air Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tallinn attractions using our Tallinn family vacation planner.
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As Estonia's largest city, Tallinn has a wide range of options for accommodation during your travels. Many of these--from economical bed and breakfasts to a luxury hotels--center within the Old Town or just outside of it, giving you easy access to historical sights and a range of activities. Get more for your money by venturing a little farther away; try a guesthouse in one of the surrounding areas for an authentic Estonian experience. Be sure to book accommodation in advance if you are traveling in the summer, as hostels, hotels, and bed and breakfasts are known to book up fast for the months of July and August. This is especially true for weekends from May through to September.
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  • The museum has examples of Estonian country houses, a windmill, and a small Lutheran church. Our Road Scholar group was there on a Saturday late morning and saw a large folk dance club presentation - ...  more »
  • Found it very interesting to see all the 'buildings' in lovely, peaceful surroundings. Could easily have spent several hours there, but worth visiting even if you only have a hour or two.  more »
  • This museum not only provides an enjoyable outdoor activity, it provides very solid written explanations, all of which are in excellent English. In addition to providing insight into the life style in...  more »
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  • Great place for bicycle family day. It is like historic town with Estonian village style in a different century. You follow routes and maps to different farms, buildings, swings. They also do horse cart rides. Perfect if you love walking and enjoy sea views. We didn't get to go everywhere, because on foot with kids you need to plan your distance back to exit. Next time we'll try next area and hope they will fix the sings by the sea. The place has a tavern to get some drinks and food. However, I would not plan tavern as full meal stop, just comfortable to have a break. Kids were happy to sit and drink their juice, but food was a little bit unusual for them, so "No" to tasting. There are picnic areas, if you do plan a meal break.
  • A lovely experience, immersing you in the countryside of old. The animators add a touch of realism, and every building is well presented, with interpretation in Estonian, Russian and English. Watch out for the goats! And, it's accessible on a normal city bus, €8 for five days travel!
  • If you want to see what life was like back in the day, this is a good place to visit. Also good to visit on Jaanipäev and Vastlapäev as they have celebrations showcasing the holidays.
  • Good place to take the family. They rent a little cart for small children in case you need it.
  • Nice place with insight into Estonian history. At least in winter time it was a little bit sad that not that much buildings were opened.