Interpret Europe Conference | 8-11 May 2020 in Haapsalu, Estonia | #iecon20
Study visits 10 May
Option 1: The museums of Haapsalu
SALM, the Foundation of Haapsalu and Läänemaa Museums, was established in 2013. It consists of five museums in Haapsalu and nearby. Thanks to a highly dedicated and inspiring team of professionals and volunteers, the small museums provide insights into the eventful history of this small town and Estonia – each from a different perspective.
After a short introduction, SALM staff members will welcome you to their museums to show their little treasures, and also to discuss their experiences, challenges and the questions related to involving volunteers actively. We are hoping for lively debates that can inspire both your and their future work.
Ilon’s Wonderland is a gallery and theme centre for children and families based on the works of the world-famous illustrator of children’s books – Ilon Wikland. In Ilon’s Wonderland you will see how illustration as an art-form relates to important topics like family, home and origin.
The museum provides an overview of Haapsalu’s early history and the living environment of the mediaeval castle in a traditional and hands-on format. The dim atmosphere of the castle rooms helps to create an engaging experience of a mediaeval world through artefacts and interactive exhibits.
Aibolands museum presents the 1000-year-old history of Estonian Swedes. The museum’s yard is filled with traditional music and the aroma of smoked fish for you to enjoy. We keep our traditions alive and will serve delicious smoked fish from our historic smokehouse. The museum is located on the banks of picturesque Haapsalu Bay and traditional Estonian-Swedish wooden boats can take you to a short sea trip on the wooden ship Lilian. The open-air café will be open.
Haapsalu Old Town Hall
The museum, founded in 1929, is located in the former town hall, built in 1775. The exhibition introduces Haapsalu at the beginning of the 20th century through the eyes of a visitor to the town as a resort. The exposition provides an overview of life in Haapsalu, its urban environment and its most important sites from the beginning of the 19th centry until today.
Option 2: Kiideva-Puise hiking trail
Kiideva-Puise hiking trail runs from the sea to the forest in Matsalu National Park. On the trail, we will get to know about historical haymaking and fishing. We can listen to the birds singing and learn about the flowering plants of the woodland. We will get to know the stories of King Ingvar and other figures who were active around Matsalu Bay in the past and how people live in Kiideva and Puise villages today.
Option 3: Silma Õpikoda
Silma Nature-school is located in the coastal area of Silma Nature Reserve. Hundreds of flocks of loud birds migrate across the Silma Nature School in spring and autumn. The programs for children to learn about the environment are full of varied activities. There are different environmental games, they can hike through nature and enjoy the most up-to-date technical opportunities that will help them to discover the secrets of nature.
Option 4: Laikmaa Museum
Ants Laikmaa (1866–1942) was one of the most colourful personalities in Estonian art; he gained prominence both as a portrait painter and a landscape artist. In 1917, Ants Laikmaa began building a new home in Taebla. This house was built in a folk-romantic style, unique in Estonia at that time. In 1960, it was opened to the public as a museum, showcasing Ants Laikmaa’s studio, living and working quarters. We will discover how an artist’s home and the picturesque park still addresses people all over the world.