About Pärnu Museum

About Pärnu Museum

11,000 years of history – ’Experiences from times long past’

Pärnu Museum´s permanent exhibition provides an overview of 11,000 years of history in Pärnu County through exciting exhibits and displays that introduce the life and conditions of the various eras. The main exhibit shows local developments from Neolithic times right up to the late 1980s, and includes a mini-cinema showing archival films.

The institution's pride and joy is the so-called 'Stone Age Madonna'. At more than 8000 years old, it is the oldest known human-shaped sculpture in the Scandinavia and Baltic Sea area. Other star attractions include a fragment of a 14th-century merchant ship and a glass floor that lets you look down onto archaeological remnants of one of the town's historic gates,  which let through all the people and goods from New Pärnu port to the Hanseatic city.

In addition, Museum Café offers taste treats from the past as well as modern dishes and beverages. Café offers meals for groups, as well as the possibility of warm communication for the people. Museum Shop welcomes visitors with an abundant and distinctive selection of merchandise. 

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The Animated World of Rao Heidmets


The jubilee exhibition by Rao Heidmets, the well-known Estonian director of animated films and an artist, gives an overview of his imaginative work, offering the pleasure of discovering as well as colourful, exciting creative activities to both children and grown-ups. Rao Heidmets has directed more than 20 animated films. He is an experimenter, always attracted to finding new technical solutions. His films have participated in numerous international festivals all over the world and have won more than 30 prizes.

“The Animated World of Rao Heidmets” is an interactive exhibition, which roots lie in animation. It includes pictures, objects and installations of films made or not yet made. Animation can bring to life whatever you want. Come and get acquainted with different animation techniques. At the exhibition you can create moving pictures  frame by frame by yourself, and the result can be seen right away. Make an animated film of your own -- it’s not complicated at all!

Opening hours

Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

June-August: 10:00-18.30

Closed on public holidays:
February 24 -Independence Day
14 April - Good Friday
16 April - Easter Sunday
1 May - May Day

Closed three hours earlier:
February 23

Admission prices

Permanent exhibition

Adults 4 EUR
Pupils 2 EUR
Family ticket 10 EUR
(1-2 adults + children)
Pensioner 3 EUR
Student 3 EUR
ISIC card holder 3 EUR

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Contact us

Pärnu Museum
Aida 3
80010, Pärnu

Telephone: (+372) 44 33 231
E-mail: info@parnumuuseum.ee