Estonian National Museum
Every country has its own national museum.
But, I guarantee you; no country has a national museum as unique as Estonia’s.
You have no idea about scale or perspective. What am I looking at? Good question!
See the building shrinking into the distance? That’s a distance of over 400 metres. See the height at the far right? It’s… Well, it’s pretty damn tall. Perhaps 4 storeys.
This is a national museum that is both hugely informative, and at the same time, hugely beautiful.
I was smitten by this building ever since I first Googled it. The circumstances were almost too romantic; a 400+ metre long building, constructed on a former Soviet occupation-era military airbase runway, which gradually disappears into the ground!?
It sounded too good to be true, so off we were off to discover it.
It just so happened that the weekend we were in Tartu was one of the coldest of this winter (so far, at -18 degrees). It was not easy getting these external shots, despite the presence of the sun in some of them; the cold was still as low as -8 at 11:30am.
We’re gonna just skip the interior
The Estonian National Museum is an incredible museum; we spent more than 4 hours there, and could have easily spent the day in order to see and appreciate it all. But we didn’t. And since this post is more about the design of the museum itself, let’s get on with more pictures!
Scale of the museum
I said that the museum building was a 400 metre-long building built on a Soviet-era runway, and I delivered:
The museum is hard to put into perspective. It is massive at its opening, and yet, despite all the content contained within, it still literally disappears into the ground it is built upon.
FFS; Just Enjoy It
I’m proud to share these photos because the building itself is so damn amazing; I’m a fan of beautiful and inventive architecture, and this is an absolute prime example of it.
But what about Tartu?
Absolutely. Tartu is a startup slash university town; so during the coldest day of winter, it was a bit empty. But, here are a couple of images that stuck with me:
I have little doubt that Tartu would absolutely be teeming with life during summer. We will return then.