Estonia for Culture Lovers
On the Route of Singing Heritage you can find olso other culture items. From Estonia visitors are able to find different kind of museums, on the cities and rural areas. There are huge Festival Arenas and culture elements in the nature. And of course the sauna heritage is live in Estonia.
Song Festival Grounds
Tallin`s Song Festival Grounds is a popular place for different kind of events. You are also able to klimb to the top of the tower or wonder around the peautiful park.
Tartu Festival Arena is a concert venue for up to 15,000 people. Around the Festival Arena there is an activity centre, where children and adults can spend a brisk day.
Museums in Tallinn area
Estonian Theatre and Music Museum
The permanent exhibition of the museum is named Songs and Stories because it present stories through theatre and music which belong to the Estonian literary classics and songs which are part of the repertoire of every Estonian.
Estonian Open Air Museum
Just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Tallinn, you will find a wonderful place – the Estonian Open Air Museum, showcasing the country’s rural architecture and way of life.
The Arvo Pärt Centre
The centre, which is situated under pine trees of the Laulasmaa beach (named after the singing sands), fits nicely with Arvo Pärt’s creative attitude and is open to all music lovers. Visitors can get acquainted with thousands of photographs, recordings on different media, correspondence, films and other material related to the life and work of the composer.
Eduard Tubin Museum provides an overview of the life and work of one of Estonia’s most famous composers – Eduard Tubin.
Museums in Tartu area
Estonian Literary Museum
Research and development institution, which also performs the functions of a central scientific memory institution of the state, managing important archives of cultural history and folklore (folkloristics), as well as collections of Estonian folklore and historical books.
The Tartu Song Festival Museum
Museum tells the story of Estonian culture. Permanent exhibition, which includes three parts, is focused on building’s history, song festival traditions and birth of national theatre. Museum’s beautiful park is waiting for visitors.
Estonian National Museum
The largest museum in Estonia invites you to discover the everyday life of Estonians throughout history at the permanent exhibition ‘Encounters’ and to learn about the life of the Finno-Ugric peoples in the permanent exhibition ‘Echo of the Urals’.
The exposition of the Obinitsa Museum is focused on the traditional polyphonic singing of Setos – called Seto leelo. The stories about Seto women reflect the importance of singing through centuries. There is also a beautiful display and sale of Seto handicraft in the museum.
Värska Farm Museum
The Värska Farm Museum enables the visitors to learn about the farm architecture, old tools and rich collection of handicraft items dating from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The exposition comprises a half-enclosed yard, a dwelling, storehouses for clothes, grain and food, a bam with a hay shed, a workshop, other sheds, a smoke sauna, a pottery, a smithy, a barn and kiln house and a tea house. The majority of the buildings are original and originate from Nothern Setumaa. The museum also organises temporary special exhibitions. Visitors can participate in various events, such as winter holidays, Seto lace days, Folk tales’ nights and celebrations of folk calendar holidays.
August Teppo was a famous accordionist of Võru County. Today, his home farm has been turned into a museum. Visitors can see his workshop, as well as learn about the lifestyle typical of the era. In addition to the exhibition, the museum also organises trainings and cultural events.
Good to know: the museum is only open to visitors upon booking during the summer months.
Estonian Traditional Music Centre
This centre, which was completed next to the Ruins of the Viljandi Order Castle in 2008, is a modern concert hall and cultural centre.
Heimtali Museum of Domestic Life
Museum situates in an old village school building of Heimtali that is a
beautiful rubble stone building from year 1864. Visitors can familiarize
themselves with perfect collection of the examples of national
handicraft like old household goods and the furnishings of hundred years
old schoolroom. In children’s’ playroom a whole flock of glove design
knitted pigs, cats and other domestic animals is awaiting you.