Small ships, great shipwrights

Exhibition on model ships at the Seaplane Harbour

17.02.2022 – 15.01.2023

The history of ship models can be considered as long as that of watercraft. The oldest models date back as far as 8,000 years. Over time the ancient art of ship modelling has had both a practical and an aesthetic outcome – ship models have been created for religious, recreational, and decorative purposes.

The more science-based shipbuilding became, the more critical the role of modelling became in the development of ship types. By the 18th and 19th centuries, models had become an indispensable part of shipbuilding, which has remained the same.

Hobby modelling has also experienced significant progress. Today, hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts worldwide create various models, from ancient crafts to the most modern ships.

The new exhibition at the Estonian Maritime Museum at the Seaplane Harbour sails through the history of ship modelling, introducing different types of ship models. The exhibition sheds light on the process, techniques, and tools used to build them and pays tribute to small ships’ masterful creators. The interactive exhibition presents 26 ship models, including four from the collections of the Estonian Maritime Museum.


Näituse meeskond / Exhibition team / Команда выставки

Mudelimeistrid / Master model builders / Мастера судомоделизма


Kuraator / Curator / Куратор


Näituse loovlahendus ja teostus / Creative solution and implementation of the exhibition / Креативное решение и реализация выставки


Loovjuhtimine ja näituseruumi lahendus / Creative management and interior design / Креативное руководство и решение выставочного пространства

Mae Kivilo

Graafiline disain / Graphic Design / Графический дизайн

Erik Heinpalu

Projektijuhtimine / Project Manager / Управление проектом

Sander Olo

Ligipääsetavus / Accessibility / Доступность

Aive Peil, Artur Räpp

Tõlked ja keeletoimetus / Translations and editing / Переводы и литературное редактирование

Avatar Tõlkebüroo, Hille Saluäär (Antenna Translations), Roman Matkiewicz, Olga Goldman

Turunduse projektijuht / Project Manager for Marketing / Руководитель проекта по маркетингу

Iris Tomson (Eesti Meremuuseum)

Näituse projektijuht / Project Manager / Руководитель проекта выставки

Anna Liisa Õispuu, Sander Jürisson, Teele Siig (Eesti Meremuuseum)

Eriline tänu / Special thanks to / Особая благодарность

Maie Tooming, Ott Sarapuu, Irma Mets, Tõnu Joonas, Valter Vaht, Roman Matkiewicz, Libereco OÜ,

Hannela Lippus (ERR)

Toetaja / Sponsor / Поддержка

Eesti Kultuurkapital

The exhibition is well accessible. Visually impaired visitors are assisted by a guide road and several tactile elements. The layout of the exhibition is also suitable for wheelchair use.


We also welcome you on the Day of Restoration of Independence

On the Day of Restoration of Independence, which is celebrated as a public holiday on 20 August, you are welcome to visit our museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both at Fat Margaret and the Seaplane Harbour, you will find many memories of the restoration of Estonian independence, as well as of the efforts that preceded and followed it.

18. August

One of the biggest cogs in Europe is now at the Estonian Maritime Museum

Last night, on 7–8 July, the second half of the Lootsi cog arrived at the Seaplane Harbour – the stern part and another middle part. The Estonian Maritime Museum will now commence work to display one of Europe’s largest ship wrecks in all its glory.

08. July

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