On Friday, 10th of May, the outdoor exhibition of Port of Tallinn and Estonian History Museum “THE JOURNEY OF A FREE NATION“ will be opened near Admiralty Basin of Port of Tallinn.
On the 24th of February 2013, the Republic of Estonia celebrated its 95th birthday. On the event of the festive birthday-year the exhibition completed jointly by Port of Tallinn and Estonian History Museum “THE JOURNEY OF A FREE NATION“ takes a look into the past, recalling the key events and developments of the past decades at the formation of Estonian statehood. This time the exhibition views our past through photos. Photographers have perpetuated important moments leaving a print in the history. But also more colorful persons and moments from everyday life casting novel light at one and the other event and providing the joy of recognition even today, have caught sight of the objective.
The exhibition brings the birthday-year of the Republic of Estonia to Tallinn and to Estonia’s “largest tourist gate“, reminding us of the complicated history of one country and introducing it to foreign visitors. This way a piece of Estonia’s history is reachable to everyone in the public city room in Tallinn Old City Harbour.
According to Sirje Karise, the director of Estonian History Museum, the outdoor exposition is a great opportunity to provide a short overview of our country right at the port: “The role of the museum has clearly changed today, we want to be closer to the public, hence we try to leave the walls of the museum to better communicate our knowledge and introduce the subject we together with other memory institutions preserve for future generations.“
According to Ain Kaljurand, the chairman of the management board of Port of Tallinn, the company wants to give the highest possible value to the seaside room, which among the rest means adding of new and interesting functions to the port-area: “From year to year Port of Tallinn has searched for and created possibilities for people to find their way to the port. The exhibition stands placed near the Admiralty Basin last year not only provide the joy of discovery in the form of interesting exhibitions, but also found recognition as a city room element. The exhibition on the theme of the Republic of Estonia is a good reason to once again come to spend time by the seaside.“
The exhibition remains open on the pedestrian walk-way near Admiralty Basin of Port of Tallinn until the spring of 2014.
Compiler: Estonian History Museum (Inge Laurik-Teder, Tõnis Liibek, Olev Liivik, Merilis Roosalu, Herke Vaarmann)
Designer: Mikk Heinsoo
Linguistic editor: Hille Saluäär
Translation: Refiner Translations OÜ
Photos: Estonian History Museum, Estonian Film Archives, Estonian Public Broadcasting, Estonian State Archives, Occupation Museum, Viljandi Museum, Äripäev
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