Idea competition

Construction has started on a new site for the Estonian Museum of Natural History. We are planning to open our new core exhibition in 2027 in the biggest energy-efficient wooden public building in Estonia.

There will be an idea competition for the best possible conceptual solution for our exhibition. The competition will be launched in September 2024 and we expect to select the winner by the end of 2024.

The central concept of the exhibition will be The Art of Coexistence. We are looking for a comprehensive solution that engages our visitors, addresses all their senses and touches their souls, evokes different emotions and offers a spatial experience. The idea is that everything in nature is connected and we are part of it.

We invite the participation of creative groups with previous experience in narrative exhibition design and ignited by the ideas of contemporary museology, sustainable way of life and experiential learning.

The terms of participation will be available in the Estonian Public Procurement Register ( and in the Tenders Electronic Daily from September.

The prize fund is €60,000.


Important information for the participants of the idea competition

The purpose of the open international idea competition is to find the best concept design and a partner with whom to work together to reach the final solution for the Estonian Museum of Natural History's new core exhibition. The author of the design recognized as the best in the design competition will proceed with the design project for the core exhibition. After the completion of the project an open procurement for the realization of the project will be carried out.

The languages ​​of the idea competition are Estonian and English, i.e. all source documents are available in both languages ​​and designs can be submitted in both Estonian and English.

The area of ​​the core exhibition is about 1500 square meters.

The presumable budget for the realization of the core exhibition and the distribution of the prize fund will be published in the procurement documents.

Questions clarifying the content of the idea competition can be submitted in writing through the Estonian Public Procurement Register after the procurement documents are published.