In 2018-2019 the Estonian Maritime Museum renovated the 40 year old museum in the medieval cannon tower Fat Margaret – part of the Old Town of Tallinn, listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
We ended up with more than 30 digital solutions, all very different in character – whilst some use big real-time data, others are more hands-on and experiential, and some are based on a vast amount of historic research. Massive screens, for instance, give the perspective of the size of the cog. Some solutions help to relate the events in Estonian history with the ones elsewhere at the same time; others are vital to facilitate accessibility.
The jury of the Heritage in Motion Award found our approach to be ambitious and multifaceted by combining various technologies dynamically, thereby continuously engaging and surprising visitors.
As a matter of fact, surprising visitors is exactly what we aimed for, will continuously aim for, and encourage other museums to do.
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