Ocean liners were the main mode of intercontinental travel for more than a century. On the one hand, the era can be defined by the initial development of steamships during the middle of the 19th century, and on the other, by the success of passenger aviation from the 1950s onwards.
By the beginning of the 20th century, ocean liners had become national symbols – it was a matter of pride for major European countries to have the world’s best and most prominent passenger ships. The largest, most luxurious and fastest liners sailed the North Atlantic, connecting the New and the Old World. In addition to their cultural and artistic status, ocean liners also played an important role in technological advancements.
The exhibition features ten ocean liners, all of which were exceptional for their time in terms of size, luxury, and speed. The exhibition showcases a postcard collection that was passed down to the Estonian Maritime Museum in 2020 by Keijo Polón (1940–2019), a Finnish collector, who was passionate about maritime history and Estonia.
Prepared by: Estonian Maritime Museum
Design: Fly Illustration OÜ
Editor: Hille Saluäär
Translator: Transly translation agency
Printing and installation: Digitrükk OÜ
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The Seaplane Harbour will be closed from January to May 2024 to prepare an updated and fully engaging exhibition. The partners of the Estonian Maritime Museum in renewing the permanent exhibition of the Seaplane Harbour are KOKO architects and MOTOR.
The Estonian-Italian collaborative exhibition ‘VENEZIA – Queen of the Seas’ opened at the Seaplane Harbour on 25 March 2023 and was scheduled to be open until the beginning of January 2024. In the course of interim negotiations, it was agreed that the exhibition at the Seaplane Harbour will remain open until 3 September.