On Tuesday, February 21, to celebrate the International Day of Guides, a visit to the Estonian Museum of Architecture is free for everyone
We are waiting for everyone at the Rotermann salt storage, which is a limestone industrial building completed in 1908 between the port and the Rotermann quarter, the best combination of historical and modern architecture called Tallinn’s new old town.
Two permanent exhibitions await you in the museum: “Space in Motion: a century of Estonian architecture” and “Explore space!”
“Space in Motion” is like a practical teaching tool for the guides, it sees the timeline of Estonian architecture in the 20th and 21st century, an extensive and representative collection of dollhouse-looking models of buildings and entire city districts. An audio guide in Estonian, English and Russian is available for this exhibition.
For curious people of all ages, “Explore space!” teaches you to experience space and capture the essence of architecture. The environment created in the vaulted cellar of the salt warehouse offers experiences for different senses, directing all those interested to smell, touch and experience the architecture with their whole body.
In the large hall of the museum, there is an exhibition about the meeting points of future utopias, predictions and architectural and artistic fantasies “Forecast and Fantasy: architecture without borders 1960s-1980s”. This exhibition stages a meeting point for scientific predictions and futuristic fantasies that were manifested in architecture and art from the 1960s to the 1980s. Bringing together authors from Eastern Europe and the West, the exhibition will display works that emerged from the new technological reality that followed the Second World War, and which took it along unexpected paths. The exhibition is open until April 30, 2023.
On the gallery floor of the museum is the exhibition “Talling” by architectural photographer Martin Siplane, the main motif of which is urban temporality: houses in their moments of weakness, packed in scaffolding and unfinished, when the townspeople do not pay much attention to them. According to Siplas himself, “the temporary monumentality of the scaffolding and the sculptural form of the concrete posts, and the centimeter layer of water reflecting all of this on the bare concrete floor, on which the builders are gliding like Jesus over the water, is an extremely fascinating and photogenic sight.” The exhibition is open until April 2, 2023.
The doors of the Estonian Architecture Museum are on February 23, the day before the 105th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, open until 3 p.m. The museum is also open on the 25th-26th of February from 11 am to 6 pm.