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24. Apr - 29. Dec

“Washing Machine Made of Beetroot: Resourcefulness in the City”

11:00 - 18:00

Tartu city | Tartu linnamuuseum

  • Exhibition/museum
  • Main programme
Ticket booth (on location) 0 - 10 €


“Washing Machine Made of Beetroot: Resourcefulness in the City”, a sub-exhibition of the “Washing Machine Made of Beetroot” project.

Nothing was readily available in stores in the Soviet Union, and if it was, it was unattractive and of poor quality. Clothing, accessories, furniture, consumables, etc. often had to be crafted by the people themselves. Those who started building a house for themselves also had to face various challenges. The deficits and conflicts of needs made the people creative and thrifty.

At the sub-exhibition in the Tartu City Museum, you can witness the creativity and resourcefulness that urban Soviet citizens had to possess. You can also see a home photo lab built in a small city home bathroom. The sub-exhibition is made based on the recollections of native Tartu residents or people who have had connections to Tartu, whether for a shorter or longer period.

“Washing Machine Made of Beetroot: Resourcefulness in the City” is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme.

If you want to grab a bite or need a place to stay, see what the Tartu 2024 hospitality network offers in the area:


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  • Partially accessible for people with reduced mobility
  • Partially accessible for the hearing impaired


Tartu Linnaajaloo Muuseumid


Narva maantee 23, Tartu, Tartu maakond, Eesti

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