Museum of the Coastal Swedes

This museum in Haapsalu introduces the thousand-year-old settlements of the coastal Swedes in Estonia. In the house inaugurated by the King of Sweden, you can acquaint yourself with their unique cultural heritage and see a 20-metre embroidered rug that depicts the life of the Estonian-Swedes. There is a scene where Swedish peasant bought Large-Pakri Island from the Padise Monastery for 34 gold marks in 1345. Swedish King Carl Gustaf had great words of praise for the pictorial rug! In addition, other interesting undertakings take place and traditional wedding feasts are held. Good to know: A wooden sailboat – Jaala – was built in the net shed next to the museum, which was modelled on boats from Ruhnu Island.


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  • SydneyMaie SydneyMaie

    One for history buffs and lovers of handicrafts

    This museum set by the sea is dedicated to the Swedish community who lived for generations in this coastal part of Estonia. As well as recording the history of settlement and departure, it holds some...

  • Kaikaljo Kaikaljo

    Important information about local history

    Cozy little place, looks Swedish. And no wonder because it may come as a surprise to you that 10 000 Swedish speaking people lived here just 70 years ago. If you like to know more, it is definitely...

  • RomaGroma RomaGroma

    прибрежные шведы бежали в сороковых

    Я специально встал рано утром в день отъезда, чтобы успеть заглянуть в этот музэй. И не был разочарован. чень милый гид поведал мне о колонизации шведами северо-западного побережья Эстонии. Особо...

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