Kukruse oil shale museum

The permanent exhibition at this museum in Kukruse shows how oil shale forms, how it is discovered and the history of its use. It also explains how it is produced and recycled. You can also see an exhibition of 80 works titled ‘The oil shale industry in art’.
Did you know…? *Oil shale, Estonia’s most important natural resource, formed 450 million years ago and is found in 80 countries – but there is only one oil shale museum in the world *The museum holds more than 22,000 individual items which it places at the disposal of researchers

Features and amenities


Lehe tn 10A, Kukruse linnaosa, Kohtla-Järve

Getting there

The museum is located in the village of Kukruse, which is on the Tallinn-Narva highway. It is 500 metres off the main road – follow the signs from the highway.


  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus

Stops nearby

Bus: Kukruse


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