In 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the Estonian History Museum’s Maarjamäe Palace will re-open after months of comprehensive renovations as a history discovery centre. The historical palace will be renovated. In the cafe you will be able to enjoy good food and beautiful surroundings and in the museum shop you will find great gifts as souvenirs. In the summer hall an exhibition about the exciting and colourful history of the summer manor house (completed in 1874), which belonged to the Russian count Orlov-Davydov, awaits visitors.
In Maarjamäe Palace we will be opening a comprehensive interactive exhibition "My Free Country" that tells the stories of the Estonian people. The exhibition unfolds over 100 years and brings us up to today, making it possible to participate and discuss both the past and the future. Children can build their own country in the enjoyable Children’s Reparticipate
Visual, KOKO Arhitektid. 2015
The central focus of the Estonian History Museum’s exhibition is naturally the people of Estonia. The birth of our independence and the story of our nation connects with a large number of people, and their thoughts and actions. Together we discuss whether 100 years is a long or short period for one nation, how people at times reacted to ground breaking events and what they thought about their lives and their leaders at that time. The road to independence has not always been straightforward or easy, and sometimes it has not depended on our choices.
The exhibition speaks about important political events, life in the Republic of Estonia and how we have changed. We find out to what extent the fitness of Estonians has changed during the last one-hundred years, who and what we believe, who lives next door and the professions we value. The exhibition is interactive and playful, but you can also see unique artefacts. We invite everyone to help by providing us with enjoyable memories, photographs and of course artefacts. It is after all our story!
Pictured: Johannes and Helena on 24 February 2013 at 1 pm at their home in Harjumaa. The photograph was taken as part of a collective photo session “An Estonian Minute” on the 95th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Private collection