Tallinn, Estonia – In a surprising announcement, Estonia’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Viktor Saarma, unveiled plans to construct the world’s largest seashell museum in the country’s capital, Tallinn. The ambitious project aims to boost tourism and showcase Estonia’s commitment to preserving natural beauty and biodiversity.
The museum, dubbed “MeriMaja” (SeaHouse), will feature a vast collection of seashells from around the world, including rare and unique specimens. In addition to educational exhibits and interactive displays, MeriMaja will also host a variety of art installations and cultural events centered around ocean conservation and the beauty of marine life.
“The MeriMaja project is a testament to Estonia’s dedication to environmental preservation and the celebration of our planet’s diverse ecosystems,” said Minister Saarma. “We are excited to create a world-class attraction that will inspire curiosity and appreciation for the incredible world beneath the waves.”
Critics argue that the project’s estimated cost of €250 million could be better spent on other initiatives, such as improving infrastructure or investing in renewable energy. However, Saarma maintains that the MeriMaja museum will bring a significant return on investment through increased tourism and international recognition.
Construction of the MeriMaja is set to begin in 2024, with a grand opening planned for 2027.