Viimsi Vabaõhumuuseum

Museum of Coastal Folk

Museum of Coastal Folk

rannarahva muuseum eesti minutThe Museum of Coastal Folk is situated in the ancient seaside village of Pringi in Viimsi, just a 30-minute drive from central Tallinn. Here, in a cosy old schoolhouse, the museum has found a home for itself, a place to demonstrate the harmony of land, sea and man meeting, a place to preserve the beauty and simplicity. Here, on Viimsi peninsula, the land ends. You cannot go any further on foot, and you don’t want to go back.

Exhibitions as well as educational and artistic programmes show the many faces of Estonia’s coastal folk, their history and culture, and the present seaside culture. You can count on smelling the waft of tar and hearing fishermen’s jokes as well as sailors’ words of wisdom!

A nice sea-themed playroom and the sealboy Vigri are present to give little visitors an appreciation of seaside lifestyle, so essential to everyone who lives in a sea-side.

The museum shop is renowned for its choice of marine-themed presents and books.

Come discover the history of a seafaring nation!

NEW EXHIBITION A Sea Without Borders from 29th of March 2016!

Piirideta meriThe exhibition A Sea Without Borders at the Museum of Coastal Folk tells the story of the Gulf of Finland as a place where people, goods, cultures and ideas moved around.

People have sailed the Gulf of Finland for thousands of years, and in addition to human beings and goods, waterways have also been routes along which ideas and culture travel. Overseas communication has shaped the culture of our coastal areas, the traces of which are preserved in our language, genes and values.

Throughout the centuries, diseases and wars have temporarily made communication between the two coasts of the gulf difficult. Governments have tried to limit the movement of peasants on the seas. However, communication between the coasts has always been restored. Only the Soviet border guard managed to halt free seafaring for a half a century.

The exhibition A Sea Without Borders describes the influence of the sea as a uniter across borders. The sea has always provided both subsistence and an escape route, but it was also an avenue for official and illegal trade.

Visitors get an opportunity to ‘sail’ the Gulf of Finland: to see what vessels were used, what goods were carried and how all these factors influenced the everyday life of the coastal people; to discover strange worlds of small islands; and to enter the inn on the island of Malusi to meet all the people who travelled this sea. This inn presents portraits of typical coastal folk for whom the sea has been a source of joy and worry.

Come and discover the lost world of the Gulf of Finland!