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Museum of Estonian Struggle for Liberty
Address: Vabaduse park, Lagedi, Harjumaa
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Tel: +372 676 6197, Fax: +372 676 6197
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Estonian Open Air Museum
Address: Vabaõhumuuseumi tee 12, Tallinn, Harjumaa
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Tel: +372 654 9100, Fax: +372 654 9127
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Get a glimpse of true Estonian country side and village life in Estonian Open Air Museum! Museum situates in beautiful Rocca al Mare forest park on Kopli bay, just 15 minutes drive from the center of Tallinn.
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Fr.R.Kreutzwaldi memoriaalmuuseum
Address: Kreutzwaldi 31, Võru, Võrumaa
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Tel: +372 782 1798
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Haapsalu Episcopal Castle
Address: Koko näyttöLossiplats 1, Haapsalu, Läänemaa
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Tel: +372 472 5346, +372 518 4664
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The Episcopal castle of Haapsalu is one of the oldest castles in Estonia. The entire compound on 3 hectares is like one big museum. Here you can find much of the kind that you cannot find elsewhere: the unique, 803-meter long circular wall; internal defence system with earth ramparts and trenches; the only Dome Church in Estonia preserved in its historical integrity and many other things that can be labelled as exceptional and unique. One can spend days in the castle studying the different layers of the wall from the 13th-16th centuries, discover details of stonework, stairways, master signs carved into stone etc. There are people who come to visit the castle and each time the castle offers them new surprises. The walls of the castle are like a book, which can be read, but in order to read you have to know the secret language and the key to this is the knowledge accumulated over the years.
Estonian Railway Museum
Address: Raudtee 2, Haapsalu, Läänemaa
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Tel: +372 473 4574
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Estonian Railway Museum is located in the Emperor’s Pavilion of Haapsalu Railway Station. The station building was constructed in 1907 and it’s famous for the peculiar 216 m long covered platform. The exposition gives an overview of the birth and development of railway in Estonia, the daily living conditions of railwaymen, the tools used for the construction and maintenance of railway, but also the uniforms, documents and tickets related to railway business. The stylized interior of passengers’ waiting room and the office of the stationmaster are also interesting. The outdoor exposition demonstrates old-fashioned rolling stock.
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Hanila Museum
Address: Hanila, Hanila, Läänemaa
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Tel: +372 477 2260, +372 472 3164
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A permanent exhibition is located in the old schoolhouse, demonstrating an old farmyard, a kiln-drying room, a farm living-room, flax processing and a rich display of ethnographic textiles (over 400 items). Farm tools and furniture made by several generations introduce Estonian “wooden age” in the Hanila and Karuse rural municipalities. You can grind with a quern or push a swing, rest on logs under old trees, listen to the nightingale in spring or see the bats flying when the night falls. Concerts are organised in the yard or hall of the museum. Museum hikes are organised for children.
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Harju County Museum
Address: Linnuse 9, Keila, Harjumaa
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Tel: +372 678 1668
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Hiiu County Museum
Address: Vabrikuväljak 8, Kärdla, Hiiumaa
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Tel: +372 46 32 091
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Häädemeeste Museum
Address: Kooli 9, Häädemeeste, Pärnumaa
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Tel: +372 446 4643, +372 446 4315
It is located in Häädemeeste, Kooli Street 9. It was established in 1991. There is an exhibition of local household articles and tools. There is a room of the old sailors, with a list of the ships built there,photoes and many more. In the display room the paintings of local painters are exhibited.
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Iisaku Museum
Address: Tartu maantee 53, Iisaku, Ida-Virumaa
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Tel: +372 339 3036, +372 5344 8738
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Järva County Museum
Address: Lembitu 5, Paide, Järvamaa
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Tel: +372 38 50276, +372 38 51867
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Jööri Village Museum
Address: Jööri, Valjala, Saaremaa
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Tel: +372 45 49 287
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The exposition is located inside and around a reconstructed historic granary brought to the village from another place. Ethnographic objects reflecting local history and culture are exposed. Jööri Chapel, some twenty steps from the museum, was the most important centre of the fraternity of Moravians (Herrnhuter) in Saaremaa as the seat of the deacon of the brethren. Upon agreement with the farmer’s family the rest area can be used.
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Kiek in de Kök
Address: Komandandi tee 2, Tallinn, Harjumaa
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Tel: +372 644 6686
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Kohtla-Järve Museum of Oil Shale
Address: Lehe 10a, Kukruse, Kohtla-Järve, Ida-Virumaa
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Tel: +372 5335 9080
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Kohtla-Järve Museum of Oil Shale is an academic museum that was established in 1966. Its visitors have access to a permanent display that reflects the formation of oil shale as a rock, as well as the history of its mining industry and the present value of oil shale. In the museum collection, at the disposal of researchers, there are more than 27’000 units. In addition to the articles of economic history are more than 600 works of art, the oldest of which dates back to the 1920’s. In May 2006 a database was set up to house a digital representation of the collection at the museum. Since then items have been added to this digital store, same year Museum of Oil Shale web site have been published on Internet. As of 2008, this site has made an English version available to its users. Since the 1st of October 2006 the structure of the museum has been altered to accommodate several other independent units used to organize art exhibitions. One example of this is Kohtla-Järve White Hall, formerly the City Gallery, whose main task was organization of art exhibitions in cooperation with Kohtla-Järve Artist Association. Yet another example is the Virtual Branch of the State Russian Museum, whose objective was the organization of virtual excursions. Currently the collection houses more than 50 units of video materials detailing both Russian and world-wide cultural heritage. As of October 2006 a project translating finished programs to Estonian was started. At the same time an active search of contacts with other museums across Europe was made in order to enrich the museum’s video material collection. There is currently a permanent collaboration with the schools of Kohtla-Järve, and indeed with IT and Art teachers. Since 2007, the Museum of Oil Shale has been situated in Kukruse village. This location is very symbolic as there has been a history of mining of oil shale in Kukruse for 90 years. Another important factor has been the immediate vicinity of the Tallinn – St. Petersburg highway. In the future a chief task of the museum is the digitization of its collection into databases. It is hoped that this will create, in collaboration with its partners, several virtual teaching and excursion programs on the subject of economic history, all available in several different languages.
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Art Museum of Estonia
Address: Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1, Tallinn, Harjumaa
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Tel: +372 602 6000, Fax: +372 602 6002
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Art Museum of Estonia was founded on November 17th, 1919, but it was not until 1921 that it got its first permanent building – the Kadriorg Palace, built in the 18th century. In 1929 the palace was expropriated from the Art Museum in order to rebuild it as the residence of the President of Estonia. The Art Museum of Estonia was housed in several different temporary spaces, until it moved back to the palace in 1946. In September, 1991 the Kadriorg Palace was closed, because it had totally deteriorated by then. At the end of the year the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia decided to guarantee the construction of a new building for the Art Museum of Estonia in Kadriorg. Untill then the Knighthood House at Toompea Hill served as the temporary main building of the Art Museum of Estonia. The exhibition there was opened on April 1, 1993. Art Museum of Estonia premanently closed down the exhibitions in that building in October 2005.
At the end of the 1970s, in the 1980s the first branches of the Art Museum of Estonia were founded. Starting from the 1995 all the branches offer different educational programmes for children and young people.  In 1996 the exhibition hall on the first floor of Rotermann Salt Storage was opened, this branch was closed in May 2005. In summer 2000 the restored Kadriorg Palace was opened, but not as the main building of the Art Museum of Estonia, but as a branch. Kadriorg Art Museum now exhibits the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia.
At present there are five active branches of the Art Museum of Estonia: Kadriorg Art Museum (Kadriorg Palace and Mikkel Museum), Niguliste Museum, Adamson-Eric Museum, and Kumu Art Museum (the new main building of the Art Museum of Estonia).
For the first time during its nearly 100-year-old history, the Art Museum of Estonia has a building that both meets the museum's requirements and is worthy of  Estonian art in its collections. Kumu Art Museum is a multifunctional art museum that includes exhibition halls, an auditorium that offers diverse possibilities, and an education centre for children and art lovers of all ages.
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Saaremaa Museum - Castle & Fortress
Address: Lossihoov 1, Kuressaare, Saaremaa
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Tel: +372 45 54463
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Kuressaaren Piispanlinna Saaremaa Museum was established on 17th February 1865 when the Research Society of Saaremaa (Verein zur Kunde Oesels) was founded in Kuressaare. J. B. Holzmayer, a teacher of classical languages of Kuressaare Gymnasium, did a lot to start and develop the museum. The antiquities found during archaeological excavations organized by Mr. Holzmayer became the basis of the museum. The collections of the Society were initially located in the building of Kuressaare Gymnasium. In 1892, the museum was in Kuressaare Castle already. During the first quarter of the century the location of the museum was changed several times. After World War I the museum together with the castle were administered by Saaremaa County Government, from 1934 by Kuressaare City Government. In 1925, the exhibits were finally taken to the rooms of the upper floor of the castle. During World War II part of the exhibits got lost. The museum was reopened to the public in 1947. Today it is one of the most important scientific and cultural institutions in Saaremaa County. After the reconstruction of the castle, new modern exhibitions of Saaremaa's history (1985-1987) and nature (1993) were opened. Besides up to 30 temporary exhibitions, numerous concerts and other cultural events are organized in the museum each year. Every second year the Annals of the Museum are published.
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Kurtna Motomuuseum (Mootorattamuuseum)
Address: Tagadi tee 1, Kiisa, Harjumaa
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Tel: +372 508 7150
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Lihula Museum
Address: L innuse tee 1, Lihula, Läänemaa
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Tel: +372 477 8880
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Museum of Lihula is located in Läänemaa, along the Tallinn-Risti-Virtsu road, 110 km from Tallinn, 55 km from Haapsalu and Pärnu. Museum is founded in 1995 and is situated in a manor-house which was built in the middle of the 19th century. Behind the manor-house stand the ruins of former Bishop's castle from the 13th century. Our different exhibitions give a review over the history of Lihula and South-Läänemaa. most interesting archaeological findings from the castle and Lihula area are exhibited. Visitors have admired our etnographic items characteristic only to West-Estonia - national costumes, rugs, lap robes and tools from Lihula area. In summer we have different temporary exhibitions in museum.
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Lydia Koidula Memorial Museum
Address: Jannseni 37, Pärnu, Pärnumaa
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Tel: +372 44 33 313
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Koidula museum is located at Pärnu Ülejõe schoolhouse. The building was constructed in 1850 and has a unique interior solution. It was the home of Johann Voldemar Jannsen and the editorial office of the Perno Postimees newspaper until 1863, now it is under protection as a historical monument. Jannsen’s elder daughter, poetess Lydia Koidula grew up in the house. It is the main task of the museum to keep alive the memory of L. Koidula and J. V. Jannsen and introduce their life and work in the context of the period of national awakening in Estonia through the permanent exposition of the museum.
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Lääne County Museum
Address: Kooli 2, Haapsalu, Läänemaa
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Tel: +372 47 37 065
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The museum has been operating in the former town hall of Haapsalu (constructed in 1775) since 1950. The permanent exhibition “Possibility of Life in Läänemaa” (1998) illustrates the history and culture of Haapsalu and the county of Läänemaa. Periodic temporary exhibitions are held in own house and outside. The oldest preserved monument in the world dedicated to Fr. Schiller is also located at the museum.
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