HEAD: the World on Your Shoulders

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The medical-themed exhibition called HEAD: the World on Your Shoulders made us delve into ourselves and think about how we perceive the world and how the world sees us.

The head is one of our most important body parts. The brain gives commands to the entire body. The sensory organs give us information necessary to cope with the world. And let’s not forget the face, which gives our appearance expression (and for those lucky enough also beauty).

Not just humans

Many of these things are applicable to the animal kingdom as well. The exhibition was not only dedicated to man but introduced organs located in the head that people do not have and organ functions that people cannot sense or have no idea how to use.


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The exhibition revealed rare artifacts in the Museum’s collections, such as the skull models of Immanuel Kant and Ludvig van Beethoven. You were able get acquainted with fascinating historical teaching materials and scientific instruments. Before the age of computers these were indespensable teaching aids for medical students when learning the human body and its functions. The exhibition also introduced fields of science which have been abandoned in contemporary times, such as the study of race.

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Topic of the Month and Travelling Exhibitions

The annual exhibition was accompanied by topics of the month: May was dedicated to protecting the head, June to beauty, July to genetics, August to the brain, September to the ears, October to the eyes, November to the mouth and December to the nose. One part of the annual exhibition was the educational programme for grades 1 to 9, which examined the head, brain, senses and genetics in an interactive way.

Everyone could find something of interest and useful to remember. After all – the head is the thing!

HEAD: the World on Your Shoulders was not limited to the exhibition hall – exhibitions on the same topic were also in the buildings of Tartu University Hospital (L. Puusepa 8, Raja 31 and N. Lunini 6).

The Team


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The exhibition’s curator was Ken Kalling, lecturer of the History of Medicine in UT, the project manager was Terje Lõbu (UT Museum), the design was by Ruumilabor Ltd (Andres Labi, Janno Roos) and the graphic design was by Tuuli Aule.

The exhibition was sponsored by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Tartu, Tartu University Hospital Foundation and Lundbeck Estonia.

The exhibition HEAD: the World on Your Shoulders was open until autumn of 2015.

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