Harju County Museum
Harju County Museum was founded in 1988, and it collects, researches, preserves, and mediates the heritage of Harju County in cooperation with other museums, organizations, and the community. The museum gives counsel to small museums in Harju County, produces exhibitions, publishes prints and arranges educational events for both children and grown-ups. Thanks to the trustful cooperation with the community, several exhibitions and projects have come to life with the help of private collections. The museum’s diverse educational programs provide new experiences and knowledge outside the everyday life, serving also as a change for school-days.
The Harju County Folk Garment Information Room will open in May 2017 in cooperation with Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union and NGO Rahvarõivas (Folk Costume).
Harju County Museum is in the main building of Keila Manor and is situated in the historical manor park on the Keila River Island. In the close quarters of the museum you will find the darkly legendary Slave Stone, the ruins of a small medieval stronghold, and the scenic Keila River with its historical swimming spots. Hence, it is a good idea to reserve some time for the museum visit, because the entire river island is worth exploring.
In addition to the permanent exhibition ‘Harju Life’, the museum offers temporary exhibitions exploring a wider variety of themes. The museum has a separate playroom for children, which also offers nostalgic activities for adults. If you interested in regional studies, go have a look in the museum library and archive.
The Harju County Museum branch in Paldiski, the Amandus Adamson Studio Museum, opened in the sculptor Amadus Adamson’s former summer studio in the autumn of 2010. Besides showcasing the internationally renowned sculptor’s life and work, the studio museum in Paldiski also presents the work of today’s artists with exhibitions and events.