The University of Tartu Museum main building 4 April 2018–3 March 2019
The University of Tartu Museum’s this year’s exhibition titled Crime and Punishment focuses on the development of forensic science and the difficulty of passing judgement on the basis of two true events. Piecing together the course of action based on scarce and contradicting evidence, finding the culprit and the subsequent trial demand extreme thoroughness, perseverance and a superb grasp of a variety of methods. In the modern world, where television crime series make it seem like the most complicated murder mysteries are solved seemingly with ease within a handful of days, we would like to remind you that in the real world, things are far more complicated. Solving a case can take years and still come to nothing, even though everything was done correctly.
The first story of the exhibition takes us to 1934 Elva, and the second one to 1959 and the outskirts of Kohtla-Järve. Two exciting cases, reconstructed for the purpose of this exhibition, give a clearer understanding of how forensics and the legal system have changed throughout the last century, and the role of the University of Tartu in shaping this environment. The two main stories include interactive parts. For that reason, the exhibition includes an interrogation room and an analysis centre. In the interrogation room, the visitors can get a better understanding of the techniques used in interrogation through participation. The analysis centre is a place where research is carried out, and where you can get an understanding of how different scientific branches are interlinked, and the techniques used in solving crimes.
New exhibitions in other university museum buildings also follow the theme of the year. On 19 April 2018, the University of Tartu Museum opens its new exhibition titled Crime and Punishment: University Lock-up and the exhibition Crime and Punishment: Spectrum Reveals Secrets can be visited in the Old Observatory from 27 April 2018.