A new exhibition opening today at the Estonian Museum of Natural History introduces its visitors the mysterious lives of terribly adorable bats
Starting from today, February the 13th, a new exposition “Terribly adorable Bats” is open at the Estonian Museum of Natural History. The exhibition introduces its visitors the mysterious and unfamiliar lives of the Estonia's 2020 animal of the year. The focus of the exhibition is the bat’s yearly life cycle and the opportunity of the visitors to see, hear and experience it for themselves.
„The Estonia’s 2020 Animal of the year is surrounded with plenty of mystery and mystitism,” says Lennart Lennuk, the exhibition curator. „Some find bats cute, some find them frightening. The latter is mainly due to stereotypes as bats are normally active only during the night. At our exhibition, we aim to bring the bats from darkness to light in order to demonstrate their cute side and study their behaviour,” adds Lennart.
The exhibition covers a range of topics starting from the bats’ evolution and body characteristics to myths, folklore and pop-culture. For example, the visitors will learn if the bats actually suck blood, why you should never disturb hibernating bats and their role in nature.
„We aimed to create the exhibition so that different exhibits would help the visitor to learn about the different aspects of the lives of bats by experiencing it themselves,” says Ulla Männi, the exhibition curator. “For example, the visitors can hang upside down, listen to the world through a giant ear, sneak into a crevice in a cave and experience flying with a bat,” adds Männi. “A part of the exhibition is a virtual reality adventure, which takes the visitor on a flight together with a bat across an autumnal landscape in search of food followed by preparations for hibernation. This is a unique opportunity to spend 5 minutes as a bat”.
“But you can also try your hand at being a bat researcher. Challenge yourself to identify different species, search for bats in a dark cave with the help of a torch, touch and compare hibernating and awake bats and peek into their summer quarters,” adds Männi.
“Here, you can also find the only bat cave in Estonia, which is open to all visitors who are interested in studying bats,” adds Lennart Lennuk. “You should never disturb bats in their natural habitat because they need peace and quiet. Waking up from their sleep consumes up a lot of their energy reserves meaning there may not be enough left until spring. But at our exhibition hall it is allowed to research them so come and try it out yourselves,” he invites everyone.
Due to the exhibition, there are some changes to the museum opening hours: starting from February 13th the museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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