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Mihkel Karu

Mihkel Karu

Curator of Permanent Exhibitions
Estonian Maritime Museum

Mihkel Karu has more than 15 years experience in museums, having worked as a project manager and as the curator of the Estonian Museum of Architecture’s photo collection (2005-2008) and as a freelance curator and historian (2008-2013).

Since 2013 he has worked at the Estonian Maritime Museum: from 2013 to 2016 as researcher, 2016 to 2021 as curator and collection manager, and since 2021 as the curator of the permanent exhibitions.

His curatorial work between 2005 and 2013 included several exhibitions on Estonian architectural history and the permanent exhibition in the Tallinn TV tower.

His curatorial work in the Estonian Maritime Museum includes the permanent exhibitions of the Seaplane Harbour and the icebreaker Suur Tõll, and several temporary exhibitions. From 2016 to 2019 he was one of the curators (the era of motor ships) of the new permanent exhibition “Towering Tales of the Sea” in Fat Margaret tower.

MuseumNext Digital Exhibitions Summit
Monday, 6 December 2021

Making maritime history accessible, relatable, and playful

The award winning new permanent exhibition by the Estonian Maritime Museum seeks to answer the question of how to make historical data understandable, engaging, and beautiful. With the help of digital the otherwise unmanageable data from across all the sea-faring eras was made accessible, relatable, and playful. More than 30 digital solutions were developed, all different in character – some use big real-time data, some experiences are more hands-on and sensory, and some are based on vast research. However, all share a common goal: to open up thus far unfamiliar aspects of maritime history to the widest range of museum visitors.

Find the full schedule here

Mihkel Karu