[Estonia's National Museum -- Eesti Rahva Muuseum]

Trip Start Feb 01, 2010
Trip End Jul 16, 2010

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Each Wednesday brings a day of one class, my favorite class, Estonian Culture. Today was our first museum visit, we eventually plan to visit four more.

The Estonian National Museum or Eesti Rahva Muuseum was a great way to kick off the museum half of this class, the museum covers Estonia's history from the Ice Age, all the way to the 19th century. I walked away having a better grasp of where the Estonians came from and how their culture has developed. I saw several similarities to my own county's progression in farming, agriculture and architecture in the Estonian model homes displayed. It was fun to note the parallels between the two, even though they are so far away. 

We started off looking at a model farmstead from the 19th century. The model was incredible, the museum makes 95% of the models seen in the museum, it was so well done. I'd love to be able to whip-up something like that. We then meandered through zigs and zags looking at farm tools, fishing gear, sewing machines, and bigger more elaborate models of typical farm homes. The museum also holds an extensive clothing display. I told Corey I would get him one of the guy outfits but only if he would wear it to the club - all night long. Haha - the finer details are still being worked out.

The other highlight was seeing all of the tankards, with such intricate designs carved into the very fibers of wood; they were both a breath-taking display of craftsmanship, and a beautiful representation
of nationality.

All in all it was an insightful and enjoyable museum. I wish our guide would have been a bit more enthusiastic, but honestly it was a true Estonian giving us a taste of Estonian culture. He was somewhat awkward, quiet, and reserved - the model citizen here in Tartu. :)

Abundant Love,

Here's the museum's website:


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Deanna on

Interesting bust of Stalin in the final picture is a nice touch. . . I would like to know what the Soviet poster says.

seanpauley on

Haha I know - right. Google translator tells me it says "All Elections."

Arnold on

eeh :P I know it`s bit late but it says All to elections as in all come vote in elections or so :P Estonian is a difficult language to translate :P

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