About Pärnu Museum
11,000 years of history – ’Experiences from times long past’
Pärnu Museum´s permanent exhibition provides an overview of 11,000 years of history in Pärnu County through exciting exhibits and displays that introduce the life and conditions of the various eras. The main exhibit shows local developments from Neolithic times right up to the late 1980s, and includes a mini-cinema showing archival films.
The institution's pride and joy is the so-called 'Stone Age Madonna'. At more than 8000 years old, it is the oldest known human-shaped sculpture in the Scandinavia and Baltic Sea area. Other star attractions include a fragment of a 14th-century merchant ship and a glass floor that lets you look down onto archaeological remnants of one of the town's historic gates, which let through all the people and goods from New Pärnu port to the Hanseatic city.
In addition, Museum Café offers taste treats from the past as well as modern dishes and beverages. Café offers meals for groups, as well as the possibility of warm communication for the people. Museum Shop welcomes visitors with an abundant and distinctive selection of merchandise.
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Exhibition at the Pärnu Museum
From April 29th to August 31st
The resort fashion started to develop in bathing places of late 18th century France and England. A necessity for light and athletic clothing emerged from the development of resorts and the changing traditions and lifestyles. The first resort collections or cruise collections were developed by Jean Patou, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli during the 1920s.
Resort fashion in Baltic states developed in the context of common European trends until the end of WWII. The ideology of communism and Soviet-type economic planning influenced and controlled all aspects of life, including fashion. However, the basic ideas on the clothing lines and silhouettes remained common with world trends.
Clothing is an eloquent historical evidence - it tells not only about the personality of the wearer, but also about the times - ideas, events, prejudices and achievements, about ideals which the society establishes in a certain point in time, and the dreams, hopes, expectations, and people's views on beauty.
The exposition „Resort Fashion“ acquaints with the fashion of clothing and accessories in resorts from the end of the 19th century until the 1990s. The stocks of Jurmala- and Pärnu Museums and private clothing collection of Ainars Radovics has been used in the exposition.