Estonian Museum on Natural History’s new exhibition introduces Estonian mires

20. November 2018

On 22th November the Estonian Museum of Natural History opens a new permanent exhibition hall “Estonian Mires”. The new exhibition gives a brief overview of the origin and nowadays life of the mires, helps to understand the differences between bogs, explains their importance and advises how to enjoy these ancient and unique landscapes.


Photo: Ulla Männi

“Estonians seem to love mires but there’s also some distrust about them, they seem to be inviting and uninviting at the same time,” says the curator of the exhibition Loore Ehrlich. “Most of us like to look at the mires, but often only through a screen or from a distance. And even when people go there, they use a guide and walk only on given paths, you rarely find someone who goes there just to wander around alone,” Loore Ehrlich adds. “The aim of our new exhibition is to introduce the nature of the mires closer and to showcase their different angels,” she adds.

“Most often mires are known as beautiful scenery with a lot of good berry-picking spots. But they actually have many other goods. Mires are homes for many species, they work as a natures archive, they play an important role in carbon storage and they hold a vast amount of fresh water,” lists Loore Ehrlich. “In the hall on mires we introduce all of this. We also explain the different types of mires and why it is important to know the differences between them,” she says.

“We hope that after getting to know the exhibition the visitor knows, how to move around for instance in a fen or in a poor fen, knows when he or she sees a floating mat and remembers why it is wiser for a beginning mire-explorer to keep away from it,” adds the museums exposition curator Ulla Männi. “We have created various exhibits that help to learn all that,” says Männi.

She also brings examples: “You can try out a bog crossing simulator, where you have to make right moves to avoid sinking in. Another exhibit offers a chance to feel how it is like to be on a floating mat. We also showcase a 7-meter long peat cross-section with thousands of years of history in it.”

“We hope that the hall on mires helps people to understand the essence and importance of the mires better,” says Loore Ehrlich. “Mires are very important to us and it is relevant to keep their well-being in good shape,” she adds.

The new permanent exhibition Estonian Mires is open in the Estonian Museum of Natural History form 22th November. Both guided tours and educational programs for all ages can be booked and the hall is available as a venue for events.

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