Permanent Exhibition

11,000 years of history – Experiences from times long past

The permanent exhibition in the new Pärnu Museum building provides an overview of 11 000 years of history in Pärnu County through exciting exhibits and displays that introduce the life and conditions from the Stone age to present day.

Exhibition begins with Stone Age section representing the time when first inhabitants of Pärnu County established the earliest known settlement in Pulli. Pärnu Museum´s star attraction from this period is the oldest human figure from the Baltic Region, which is more than 8000 years old. 

Exhibition continues through the Middle Ages section, where visitors are brought back to the medieval world of new contacts and opportunities  that developed through Hanseatic League and pilgrimages. 

Before being introduced to the Baroque  Era, visitors can hop into the cinema room to watch short movies about the nature and history of Pärnu.

Display of Baroque era is comprised of rare items related to the garrison of fortified Pärnu, the former town mayors and Pärnu´s University life (1699-1710).

The largest part of permanent exhibition is devoted to Estonia´s national awakening in the middle of the 19th century, which culminated in the declaration of Estonian independence on 23th February 1918 in Pärnu. 

The visitors are also provided with an introduction to resort life that has been Pärnu´s trademark since 19th century. Photos and film materials portray the drastic changes in resort culture and industry due to the Second World War and Soviet occupation. 

The last part of permanent exhibition focuses on the second half of 20th century illustrating the Soviet reality and dissident activities organized against the undemocratic regime. 

Permanent Exhibition
Permanent Exhibition
Permanent Exhibition