Anton Hansen Tammsaare Museum is situated in a summer-cottage-type house in Kadriorg, formerly a suburb. The Estonian literary classic Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878-1940) lived in this apartment in 1932-1940 and died here. His widow Käthe Hansen wished their home to become a museum and her wish was granted on the centenary of the writer, on 30 January 1978.
The first floor of the building contains the five-room apartment, furnished as it used to be in the writer’s lifetime. In the other wing of the floor there is the literary-historical display of Tammsaare’s life and work. The museum collection contains over 6000 items, among them rarities like the writer’s death mask and his violin, his home archive with manuscripts, correspondence, documents and photos.
In 2006 we opened a new exhibition in the exhibition hall: “Truth lies in the man”. We have made Tammsaare there as the centre of the world to give the visitor a better idea about his life and creative work and to emphasize that everybody is the centre of their world. Thus our approach to Tammsaare proceeds along the walks of life that were important to him: landscapes, towns, people and society. Places that left their imprint, people who had an influence on his life and events that could not be passed by, all merge into an entity, a whole in the writer’s.
Our story about Tammsaare is but one of the many and includes many other stories not quite revealed yet. The truth about the stories, just like about the people, lies just in them.
The exhibition was compiled in 2006
Curator – Maarja Vaino, designer – Annes Arro