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. 

Welcome to Pärnu Museum!

Old Photos of Pärnu: The Cityscape before World War I

8 October to 27 November 2016

This year marks 120 years since the founding of the Pärnu Society for the Research of Antiquities (Pernauer Alterthumforschende Gesellschaft). At its first general meeting on 3 November 1896, this association of Baltic German townspeople with historical interests, decided to open its collection to the public and the date marks the anniversary of the founding of the Pärnu Museum.

To celebrate this occasion, a comprehensive exhibition of photographic cityscapes will be opened on the third floor of the Pärnu Museum. The exhibition is comprised primarily of older and rarer photos from the museum’s photo collection and private collections.

On display are large-format, spatial anaglyphs produced from old stereo photos, which, when viewed through special glasses, transport the viewer into Pärnu a century ago.

NB! Bring a smart device – a phone or tablet with you when you visit the exhibition.

The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia

Opening hours

Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

June-August: 10:00-18.30

Closed on public holidays:

August 20 
December 24 
December 25 
December 26 

Closed three hours earlier:

June 22
December 23 and 31

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