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Estonian National Museum, Tartu

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The Estonian National Museum (Estonian: Eesti Rahva Muuseum) founded 1909 in Tartu is a museum devoted to folklorist Jakob Hurt's heritage, to Estonian ethnography and folk art. The first items for the museum were originally collected in the latter part of the 19th century.
The museum tracks the history, life and traditions of the Estonian people, presents the culture and history of other Finno-Ugric peoples, and the minorities in Estonia. It has a comprehensive display of traditional Estonian national costumes from all regions. A collection of wood carved beer tankards illustrates the traditional peasant fests and holidays. The exhibition includes an array of other handicrafts from hand-woven carpets to linen tablecloths.
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  • What a wonderful experience! Such a big variety of topics and different exhibits, in Estonian, English and Russian. Great for families, couples. Very polite and English speaking staff. Also the...  more »
  • We initially dismissed the idea of going there, as usually this kind of museums are boring for kids. When reading more and checking out the place we were stunned, first by the amazing building and...  more »
  • Pretty good. I went during a special exhibit on Estonia in the 80s. I would like some context about the objects and the relationship to Estonia (did Estonia under Russia have many waffle makers for example?) since there is a lot of sociology in the texts. Very interesting. Great cafe too.
  • One of the nicest museums I have been to. The exhibitions are beautifully designed and very interesting. The building itself is also impressive. We had an amazing day!
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