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Tampere 1918 exhibition out also in the Digital Museum

Vapriikki's popular Tampere 1918 exhibition closed in early September 2023. Since 2008, the exhibition has received acclaim from both visitors and professionals in the fields of history and museology. Rare museum artifacts that have been on display for 15 years needed a maintenance break, and the exhibition space itself is undergoing renovations. However, Vapriikki is not abandoning this important period of Finnish history. The new Tampere 1918 Civil War Museum website provides information about the events of the Civil War in Tampere through 3D-modeled virtual experiences, interactivity, articles, images, and videos. The Tampere 1918 exhibition, now on display in the Digital Museum, is part of the new constantly updated Tampere 1918 Civil War Museum.

Finland's Civil War was part of a series of conflicts that afflicted Europe in the early 20th century. It had internal causes but was also influenced by the Russian Revolution, World War I, and Germany's ambitions. Tampere, an industrial city, was the main stronghold of the Reds, around which the White forces tightened their siege in March 1918. The most decisive battles of the war took place in Tampere in March and April. Approximately 16,000 White soldiers and 14,000 Red soldiers participated in these battles. The Battle of Tampere remains the largest urban battle fought in the Nordic countries.

Vapriikki's Tampere 1918 exhibition tells the story of the war from Tampere's perspective, impartially and with expertise. The exhibition provides a voice for both Reds and Whites, as well as numerous neutral observers.

Tampere 1918 exhibition in the Digital Museum: https://digimuseo.fi/en/exhibitions/tampere-1918/

Tampere 1918 Civil War Museum: https://tampere1918.fi/en/

Additional information: Head of exhibitions Marjo Meriluoto, tel. +35740 7323745, [email protected]