Bank of Estonia museum joins Night of Museums interactive program

Ninteenth century poet and national figure Lydia Koidula is one of the personalities 'appearing' in Saturday's Bank of Estonia show. Source: ERR

The Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) is joining the Night of Museums annual free event on Saturday, August 29, with an audiovisual performance, "featuring" three leading figures in Estonia's nineteenth-century national awakening.

Writer and politician Carl Robert Jakobson (1841-1882), poet Lydia Koidula (1843-1886) and pastor-folklorist Jakob Hurt (1839-1907) all appear in the show, the bank says.

These historical figures appeared on the 500-, 100- and 10-Kroon bills respectively, when the pre-Euro Estonian currency, the Kroon, was in circulation (1992-2010).

The feature, which covers the history of coins and banknotes issued in Estonia, is to be screened three times, at 6.15 p.m., 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m., in the Talupojasaal room at the bank's musuem on Estonia pst 11. The screening lasts 25 minutes and is followed by a quiz, which includes prizes.

State Elder and former bank governor during the first republic, Jüri Jaakson (1870-1942), also makes an "appearance" in a light-hearted show written by Loone Ots.

The bank's permanent exhibition featuring Estonian currency from the First Republic (1918-1940) and following restoration of independence in 1991 will also be open.

The Night of Museums is an annual event where museums and other heritage sites open their doors to visitors for free, and for later hours than usual.


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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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