Antique Bicycle Exhibition to Open in Väätsa Manor

On August 5, a small antique bicycle exhibition organized by the Estonian Bicycle Museum will open on the attic floor of the newly renovated Väätsa manor house in Järva County.

The exhibition will showcase 12 bicycles from the 1910s to the 1940s that comprise a small cross section of the two-wheelers that have been used on the Estonian roads in the past. A number of photographs, period advertisements, documents, and other materials will add context to the display.

The Estonian Bicycle Museum is a non-profit association established by private antique technology buffs and collector-restorators in 2010. The goal of the association is to establish a permanent museum in Järva County that would trace the history of the bicycle as a means of transportation in Estonia.

This museum would display a couple of hundred vintage bicycles that already exist in private collections of the individuals who established the non-profit and other antique technology buffs but cannot be viewed by the public. The current exhibition will only cover a small fraction of this treasure trove - establishing a permanent museum depends on finding external support.

On the opening day, Valdo Praust who is one of the leaders of the museum initiative will give a brief presentation on the history of the bicycle in Estonia. Väätsa Manor is open to visitation upon appointment.




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