Estonian Health Museum. It’s fun.
Who says a health museum is boring? What’s so interesting? What interactive exhibits are there? And will the little ones like it here? The answers to these and other questions will be found in this article!
Getting ahead of ourselves, we must say that the museum is great to visit with kids as young as 4 years old. At this age, they become real “geeks”, especially when it comes to anatomical topics. Toddlers actively treat their toys, get shots and pull teeth. They will have a lot more role-playing stories after visiting this museum.
Estonian Health Museum. It’s fun.
On the first floor in the lobby is the ticket office and checkroom. Polite staff will tell you which ticket is appropriate for your category, and if you have a health professional’s ID, you will be let in for free. There is also a small gift store at the counter. Again, looking ahead, we’ll say that the assortment here is excellent. Marzipan pupils, fountain pens with red and blue fluid (imitating the blood that the heart pumps – oxygenated and not), skeletons, funny candy and notepads. Usually all of this is purchased at the very end after viewing the exhibit, but it is impossible to pass by.
You have to pay attention to the modern design of the room. This is an old building and the museum has been here since 1924. In 2015, it was reopened after a global reconstruction, and it became interactive. Among the exhibits are moulages made of plastic and real human organs. Electronic and mechanical exhibits have become a real hit, attracting people of all ages.
Estonian Health Museum. It’s fun.
Estonians are proud of their new health museum, a lot has been invested in keeping it interesting. There are special programs for different target groups. You can rent the entire room for an event or even book a birthday party here. Lots of modern programs for all ages from kindergarten to high school, which introduce children to serious topics with simple words.
On the second floor just in front of the stairs on the wall are skulls on the chain of human evolution. Amusingly, they are dressed up in furry caps at Christmas time. There is also an exhibit with different human emotions, you can “play” with them . And next to it stands a skeleton of bones and the muscular layer of man, it is not scary, kids will not be frightened. Nearby hangs a special object, pulling the string on which you can understand how the muscles contract.
Estonian Health Museum. It’s fun.
In the other room, the theme of internal organs moved in. Everything that is inside of us – lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, etc. – is on display as moulages. And again, a lot of interactive objects, helping to leave in the memory of the maximum useful knowledge. Special attention is given to the theme of healthy lifestyle, drugs and alcohol abuse. The healthy eating section also occupies a separate room. The “dental cabinet” is very interesting – samples of old chairs, dental instruments and equipment are exhibited here, and the structure of a tooth is shown. Organs of vision, genetics, the emergence of man into the world right down to antique baby carriages and baby swaddling – you can spend an entire day here in the same breath. But most importantly, take away extensive knowledge in an interesting experimental topic. We wish you all the best to visit this place with your family and more than once!
Response: Open-air museum (Estonia, Tallinn) – How to combine a pleasant walk and learning about Estonia’s rural past
I heard about this museum from relatives, admired the photos and decided that next time I come here I must visit!
It was a wonderful place, I think this museum is worthy that he visited, besides walking through the woods and good for health)).
So, brought us here on our transport, but saw that buses go from here, and back we went by cab to the old town, the price is ridiculous for Europe – 5 or 6 euros, so if the family, it’s better even by cab.
The museum is located in the Rokka al Mare, on the seashore. 15 minutes walk around a large shopping center with the same name (this information for shopaholics, yeah, we certainly were there))))
In front of the museum there’s a nice parking lot and it’s free for visitors.
Next, enter this long building with the word muusseum in the name,
(No other building there anyway), buy tickets at the ticket office for 9 euros per adult, by the way, there is also a big store with handmade souvenirs and magnets,
go out the other side and plunge headfirst into another world: from the metropolis in nature, from our time moved to 100, or even 200 years ago.
Yes, you can use the bike to get around and the toilet (it is in the same building: a large, joint but clean). Toilets are all over the territory, but they will be quite different: in appearance authentic huts, but inside did not go, because of some came from a specific smell).
Good weather – a desirable condition for such a walk, we had sunshine, but it was cool, so it was comfortable to walk.
There are signs everywhere, although they are in Estonian, and a large, drawn map of the museum with signs that will also help you get oriented.
The open-air museum is called so for a reason – the exhibits are old houses and various utensils, preserved since the 19th-20th centuries and brought here from all over Estonia. On a large area in the forest are farmsteads, mills, a chapel, a school, fishermen’s barns, and a Swiss villa of an Estonian city dweller.
Tall pine trees, the smell of freshly cut grass, pretty in their modesty wildflowers, birdsong and woodpeckers rattling – it’s such a relax after the hustle and bustle of the city!
We walked not by a certain route, but where the curve will lead and we did not have time to look around all in an hour and a half, besides I regretted that I did not use a bike – by moving faster (and the distance is decent), would have been able to look at more objects.
The buildings are interesting both outside and inside. Not everywhere you can look inside, but there where it is possible, a full illusion that the owners went somewhere and now will return: the interior of that time, different utensils, foods and their dummies and even this fluffy wonder. it is real, alive).
On display is the house where the blacksmith’s family lived: two small rooms where eight children lived, the blacksmith and his wife. My first question when I heard how many people lived in these small rooms was: Where did they sleep? The question is not rhetorical, in some houses, there are “hostesses” who talk about life at that time) To my great pleasure, this elderly Estonian, though poorly, but spoke Russian, hence such details as the number of children and that children slept on the benches, when they slightly grew up, they were moved from their parents’ room
to the common front room.
. that usually the floor was earthen, and wooden floors at that time were only for people with wealth – this house is from the early 19th century. In addition to the dwelling house, there is a blacksmith’s shop, where the blacksmith worked, and a small bath. no, of course, a sauna!
On each building there are signs with a brief description, they are in several languages, and I was very pleased that in Russian, too).
You don’t have to guess or look up the scheme, what kind of house it is and what it was used for.
A brief history of the buildings can be found in the booklets. One I got immediately at the ticket office, the second in one of the huts, both for free.
The buildings are far away from each other and if it is a farmstead, the illusion of a real farmstead, lost in the woods: a dwelling house, and around it the outbuildings.
You can even swing on such ancient swings, remembering to take precautions, a sign reminds you of them.
A few mills add color, after all, windmills always look fabulously attractive! The windmill can be explored inside, but my interest “inside” does not extend simply because I do not understand these mechanisms).
The path leads through the forest and from somewhere you can smell the sea. Yes, part of the museum is located along the bay, in the distance you can see new buildings in Tallinn, and here it’s quiet, smells like salted fish and fishing nets. On the shore, a few dark log cabins and a sign that reads “Fisherman’s Shed.
We also got to know these museum residents.
It’s not a contact zoo, but communicative goats, living on the same farm, because in this museum village there is even a vegetable garden at the farm of old believers, who came to Estonia from Prichudy, which is somewhere in the Pskov area. Grounded and very well-kept Old Believers’ house, where everything is located the way it should be according to the old faith. At the end of the week, there is a “treat” program in the house: hostess cooks tea and pies for all the visitors, and one can watch the film about Old Believers’ life in the neighboring building, but we missed it because it lasts for an hour.
The old chapel of the Estonian Swedes is interesting, you can go inside
to see the interiors at the end of the 17th century.
The open-air museum constantly hosts various events and concerts by folk groups, and the schedule of the weekly program is in this booklet.
Exhibitions are often held here as well, and you can find out about them in advance.
You can also go for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, but I haven’t seen anyone take advantage of that on our visit, most of them were on foot, and some on bicycles. Of course I have shown not all the objects, because there are 14 farmsteads and they are all very different, it is more interesting to see everything with your eyes and hear with your ears, Estonian “hostesses” will help you to plunge into the life of the village and will show you much (in any case, the booklet guarantees it), There are some interesting expositions – with people (wax figures), where you can touch everything, and interiors are made of glass, but there is a sound system – in a word, I would definitely recommend to visit the Open Air Museum, and it will be interesting for children, too.
In good weather it is possible to drive here for 2 hours, to cover everything and let the walk in the fresh air will be for your pleasure)
More information that is on the booklet, which may be useful for those who want to familiarize themselves with the atmosphere of the Estonian countryside.