Matsalu Nature Centre

Lääne County, Matsalu National Park
The permanent exhibition of the Matsalu Nature Centre on the second floor of the Penijõe Manor house offers visitors a good chance to learn about the unique character of Matsalu National Park. Here you can find the largest natural floodplain meadows in Estonia, reed beds, the evolving of lower Kasari River through decades, unique coastal meadows, wooded meadows and forest stands, rich cultural heritage. The 20-minute multi-media program “A Year at Matsalu: Life from Ice till Ice”, compiled in 2009, offers a fascinating overview of the inhabitants of the National Park and their activities. The author of the programme is Arne Ader, music by Sven Grünberg, text and voiceover by Fred Jüssi.
PhoneHelle Veltman, communication manager, +372 472 4236, +372 5138 783
Opening hoursIn season opening times: 15 April to 30 September open from Mon to Fri 9.00–17.00, Sat to Sun 10.00–18.00.
Off-season opening times: Mon to Fri 9.00–17.00

Type of objectNature Centre
Parking facilitiesSolid-surface parking area on the bank of the Penijõgi River for 14 cars or 3 tour buses. In the parking area next to the Penijõe Manor for 14 cars or 3 buses. The parking area in front of the rear entrance of the Manor is reserved for the staff.
  • Free educational campaigns for general education schools and kindergartens in the winter, spring and autumn;
  • paid educational nature programmes;
  • information and promotional materials about Lääne County and other RMK recreation areas;
  • thorough permanent exposition about Matsalu National Park and the multi-media programme “A Year at Matsalu: Life from Ice till Ice” in Estonian, English and German; 
  • photo exhibiton about the meadow by Ants Maripuu
  • access to the databases, exhibitions and documentaries of the nature centre;
  • forest and nature-related events;
Wheelchair accessibility Entrance to the house is equipped with a 2,5 m long and 18% incline ramp (without handrail).
Toilet suitable for disabled on the first floor, access to second floor by platform lift "Vimec".
Paved parking area.
Hiking options yes
SightsThe nature centre is situated in Matsalu National Park, features a permanent exhibition and a classroom for educational activities in nature and wildlife.
Information about Matsalu National Park and nature conservation areas in Lääne County, and tourist services and businesses.
Winter accessibilityOpen around the year.
RestrictionsMatsalu National Park, limited management zone. Before your visit, please get acquainted with valid nature conservation rules of Matsalu National Park.
LocationPenijõe village, Lihula municipality, 90305 Lääne County.
Driving directionsDrive 43 km on Risti–Virtsu road (Road no. 10), turn right towards Penijõe (at the sign to Matsalu National Park Centre, Road no. 16193). Drive 2 km to the designated parking area at Penijõe Manor. Matsalu Nature Centre is situated on the second floor of the main building.
Geographic coordinatesLong-Lat WGS 84
latitude: 58.714566
longitude: 23.815901
L-EST 97 x: 6508337 y: 489332