Estonian open air museum Rocca al Mare

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The Rocca al Mare Museum is a truly large-scale reconstruction of the 18th century village. Here everyone will feel the unique atmosphere of those times, admire the rural architecture and beautiful landscapes.

History museum

The area takes its name from the wealthy industrialist Arthur Girard de Soussanton, who bought the land in the mid-19th century and built his summer residence there. The mansion was located near a high cliff on the seashore, and the entrepreneur (who was a famous admirer of all things Italian) called it Rocca al Mare, which means "coastal rock" in Italian. This approach to naming became a tradition as people began to baptize all the surrounding houses and in fact the entire area with Italian words. Unfortunately, the Swiss villa is the only surviving building of that time. Today it is occupied by the main office of the Museum of Ethnography.

Interesting fact! As in other European countries, the inspiration for the creation of Rocky al Mare in Tallinn was the Swedish Skansen - the first open-air museum of its kind, built on the island of Djurgården near Stockholm.

Exposition of the ethnographic museum

The Tallinn Skansen occupies 79 hectares of land. This is a village complex with 70 authentic buildings that were brought to Rocca al Mare from all regions of the country. They are intended to describe the period between the 18th and 20th centuries and are divided into four thematic sections: North, West, East and Islands. Each exhibition presents landscapes, rural architecture and the life of the indigenous people of different parts of Estonia. The exhibits are located around the main ring road, which is the meeting point for dozens of stylized village paths leading up to the estate.

You will find 12 farm yards here, consisting of houses and barns with authentic fences. The museum houses about 45 exhibits and structures, including thatched huts, old mills, tool cabinets and racks, workshops, schools, forges and chapels, fishing houses, fire sheds and taverns. The Satlepa Chapel, built in 000, is the oldest exhibit in the museum. It is worth mentioning that many homes have interiors with almost intact authentic items and decorations.

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Along with interesting ethnographic exhibits, the open-air museum offers a variety of handicrafts that are made on site by craftsmen and artisans. In addition, guests can enjoy horseback riding and taste delicious Estonian food. Folklore festivals are held in the village throughout the year.

Who is this museum for

It is advisable to visit the Rocca al Mare ethnographic museum in summer. This is the right place for those who are tired of the daily hustle and bustle of the city and want to have fun in the fresh air.

Museum tickets

Summer: adult 7 EUR, children 3,5 EUR, family ticket 14 EUR
Winter: adult 5 EUR, children 3 EUR, family ticket 10 EUR
Annual pass: individual 25 EUR, family 50 EUR

Getting there

Take bus no. 21 or no. 21b from the Baltic Station to Rocky al Mare. Please note that these buses leave every 30 minutes. Alternatively, before leaving the zoo and walking the remaining distance, you can take trolleybus no. 6 or no. 7. It usually takes 10-15 minutes to get to the village.