An Exhibition about the History of Tukums

 This exhibition speaks to 20th century events in Tukums, Latvia and Europe when it comes to socio-political events.  There is a particular emphasis on turning points, including the 1940s, when people’s lives were completely changed and the world became entirely topsy-turvy.  The ethnic composition, lifestyles, traditions and views of the city’s residents changed, and everyone was forced to “forget” the past.


The exhibition focuses on values such as humanity, tolerance, mutual support and the ability to preserve one’s identity without displaying it openly.  This speaks to the ability of people to survive wars and occupations which killed or forced the emigration of hundreds of Tukums residents – Germans, Jews, Russians, Poles and members of other nationalities.

Each resident of Tukums has his or her own views and understandings about the city and their place therein, but they all have a sense of belonging in Tukums.  The city is proud of its noble individuals, art traditions, gardens and manufactured goods.  This includes the Tukums coffee beverage, the Tukums species of gooseberries, as well as roses and dairy products.






The interactive exhibition “Letters to the Future”

 A touchscreen can be used by visitors to take a detailed look at letters which were written on birch bark by people who were deported to Siberia.  These are on the UNESCO list of world memory, and they are part of the Latvian national programme.  The letters are stored by eight Latvian museums.  Visitors can read the letters in their original language and in various translations, look at maps which show the routes which the authors who were deportees took in Siberia, and view photographs and commemorative objects.


The authors of the birch bark letters and several of the addressees were seen as undesirable people by the Soviet regime because of their civic position or opposition.  They were arrested and punished after World War II or deported to Siberia on June 14, 1941, or March 25, 1949.  Most of them survived, opposed the regime, and maintained self-pride and a sense of belonging to their nation.  The letters and commemorative objects that have been preserved and handed over to museums offer symbolic confirmation of that battle.