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MUSEUM OF ESTONIAN ARCHITECTURE

The Museum of Estonian Architecture - its exhibition halls and archives is placed in Rotermann's Salt Storage, a magnificent industrial building near Tallinn harbour. The Museum has spacious exhibition hall of 484 m2 and two galleries of 161m2 above it. The basement is also used for exhibitions and art events. One of the floors of Salt Storage is used by Art Museum of Estonia for modern art exhibitions. Together the Museum of Architecture and modern art exhibition hall are forming contemporary centre of arts and architecture. Multicultural orientation and wide openness to international projects makes it unique in Estonia.

The Museum of Estonian Architecture was established on January 1st 1991. Its aims are collecting, preserving, study, interpreting and exhibiting Estonian architecture. As many of architectural museums in the world the Museum of Estonian Architecture is collecting the materials of 20th century architecture mainly. Museum is the member of ICAM (International Confederation of Architectural Museums).

For five first years Museum resided in Old Tallinn, its collection were stored in the medieval tower of Loewenschede. On February 22nd 1996 Estonian Prime minister signed a document stated the delivery of the Rotermann's Salt storage to the Ministry of culture in order to establish a centre of arts and architecture.

Rotermann's Salt Storage is one of the most influential renovated industrial buildings in Tallinn. It is situated near harbour on a walking distance from the Viru square. Monumental limestone building was originally designed by Baltic German engineer Ernst Boustedt and completed in 1908. The building was reconstructed in 1995-1996 by architects Ülo Peil and Taso Mähar (Urbel & Peil). The Rotermann's Salt Storage was opened to the public on June 7th 1996.

The main collection of the architecture museum contains maps of towns and other settlements, architectural drawings and projects, textual materials connected with them, models, papers on architecture and town building, reflecting the formation and development of Estonian professional architecture through the 20th century to the present day. The number of items in the collection amounts to 6,000.

The photo collection holds around 14 000 photos, negatives and slides, where the buildings, drawings, architects and events of architectural life are depicted. Copies available for researches and publishers.

The library is for architects, researchers and students. There are over 5000 architecture books and magazines.







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