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Estonian Road Museum

Where roads come alive

At the Estonian Road Museum, located in the former Varbuse post station in Põlvamaa, you can get acquainted with the history of Estonian roads, and the history of road construction and traffic. The Estonian Road Museum covers nearly ten hectares, and includes more than 43,000 items, including the largest collection of road graders in Eastern Europe.

The road museum is divided into two parts. One side of the historic postal road showcases the best-preserved post coaches complex in Estonia. The permanent exhibition, Bon Voyage!, located at the post station seeks an answer to the question of whether the world has become smaller or larger with the construction of roads and increased speeds. The other side of the postal road hosts an innovative open-air exhibition called Road Time, which was completed in 2010. It is and exhibition with a historical road, a traffic town for children, and a representative display of road construction machinery.

During the summer you are also welcome in the small machine hall, where you can see the best examples by Estonian machine manufacturers and learn about the history of the development of Estonian public transport.

In the summer of 2019 the Estonian Road Museum exhibition hall was opened with the exhibition The Rule of Machines, which displays the impressive machines used to build Estonian roads up to 1985. The exhibition also reflects on how a luxury item of the 1920s has become an everyday utility today.