In the little coastal village of Lahemaa national park, Viinistu, there is an Art Museum located in an old cold storage of a fish processing plant. Viinistu Art Museum, displays works of hundreds of Estonian artists of various eras; this means about 1,000 Estonian works of art, starting from the Baltic-German era and Pallase school until today. The owner of the comprehensive art collection is Jaan Manitski.

Exhibitions alternating each month in the so-called barrel galleries converted from old water tanks offer plenty to enjoy. Seasonally, theatre productions and concerts of different performers are also organized in the museum. List of recent acitivities in the field of art is in the partnership information list.

As well as Art centre, Viinistu art museum and residence operates as the centre of community life. Every year schoolchildren of neighbourhood have art workshops there (in 2016 together with Kolgaküla community centre), artists have plain-airs, Viinistu villagers have seminars and bigger traditional events (Nights of Ancient lights), seminars and workshops on local culture and nature). Locals have made Viinistu art museum a centre of environmental education as well. Eru Lahe Rannarahva Selts NGO organises for several years together with Viinistu art museum UNESCO Baltic Sea Project programmes for schoolchildren and seminars. In 2015 there were 12 programmes for 300 schoolchildren all over Estonia, in 2016 for 182 schoolchildren.

Viinistu Art museum has organised in cooperation with the Environmental Board of Estonia, Lahemaa national park several events of cultural heritage, to list just some recent ones : traditional building workshops, 45th Jubilee party of Lahemaa national park, seminar „Creativity and tradition“, wooden boat building workshops etc.

Art events

As well as Art centre, Viinistu art museum and residence operates as the centre of community life. Every year schoolchildren of neighbourhood have art workshops there (in 2016 together with Kolgaküla community centre), artists have plain-airs, Viinistu villagers have seminars and bigger traditional events (Nights of Ancient lights), seminars and workshops on local culture and nature). Locals have made Viinistu art museum a centre of environmental education as well. Eru Lahe Rannarahva Selts NGO organises for several years together with Viinistu art museum UNESCO Baltic Sea Project programmes for schoolchildren and seminars. In 2015 there were 12 programmes for 300 schoolchildren all over Estonia, in 2016 for 182 schoolchildren.

Viinistu Art museum has organised in cooperation with the Environmental Board of Estonia, Lahemaa national park several events of cultural heritage, to list just some recent ones : traditional building workshops, 45th Jubilee party of Lahemaa national park, seminar „Creativity and tradition“, wooden boat building workshops etc

Already inspired artists

Jaan Toomik, Tiit Pääsuke, Jüri Ojaver, Edgar Viies, Aivar Simson, Paul Rodgers

Contact Information

Contact address : Viinistu, 74701 Harju maakond

 Contact person of the project: Ave Paulus

 Contact phone: +3725239404

  E-mail: paulus@artun.ee

 Web-site: viinistu.ee

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