The immersive Baltic Sea exhibition „Maria the Sturgeon’s Dream“ is now open

19. November 2020

From 21 November new immersive exhibition „Maria the Sturgeon’s Dream“ is open at the Estonian Museum of Natural History. The new exhibition tells the story of the Baltic Sea’s history, nowadays and future through an audio-visual experience. The exhibition is created in collaboration with dramatist Urmas Lennuk and is featured with the voices of Ülle Kaljuste and Argo Aadli.

In the seemingly traditional exhibition hall of the Baltic Sea, the exhibits come to life. “When the visitors walk into the room, they step into an underwater underworld,” says the curator Lennart Lennuk. “The work of the animators, curators, composer, dramatist and actors comes together into one experience and tells the story of the Baltic Sea,” he adds.

As one of the two main characters, Maria the Sturgeon’s  mulage  is back on display – Maria the Sturgeon is the biggest fish known to be caught form the Baltic Sea. Alongside it, many awarded and masterfully created fish mulages that introduce the species living in the Baltic Sea help to tell the story.

The immersive exhibition focuses on the importance of the sea, brings out the changes caused by human activity and asks the visitors to think about how and what can every one of us do for the Baltic Sea. “The visitor is asked to partake in an unforgettable eye-opening journey that helps to understand the current situation with our sea. In the dreamy audio-visual dialogue Maria the Sturgeon and Harri the Seal share their knowledge about the Baltic Sea – Maria as an experienced older figure and Harri as the younger, forward-looking figure,” says Lennart Lennuk.

“Together they create an image about the Baltic Sea that goes across generations and includes topics from the health of the sea to its inhabitants, including subjects as pollution redaction, benefits sea gives us, excess nutrients, alien species, micro-plastics and drug residues, but also the cultural value of the sea,” says Lennart Lennuk. “We hope that after visiting our exhibition the visitors start thinking about the things they themselves can do to help the wellbeing of the Baltic Sea,” he adds.

The animated visuals for the immersive Baltic Sea exhibition are created by BOP Animation and the sound is composed by musician Sten-Olle Moldau.

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