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.

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 th

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  • A little gem

    If you are curious about Estonia's complex history and want to learn about the Coastal Swedes then this little museum is the place to come. The main exhibit is the Aibotapet (Aiboland Tapistry): a...

  • An interesting museum especially for the Swedish speaking

    This museum is very interesting given you are Swedish speaking and/or interested in history. The friendly guide gave a very thorough introduction to the Swedish in Estonia - in Swedish. It was very...

  • a small museum but to the point

    First of all, I saw an earlier review from two years ago that said no captions were in English. This has been rectified now. It's a small museum about the history of coastal Swedes in Estonia. An...


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