The first exhibition of the revived TUT museum “Volcano – creator and destroyer” was great success: it was given the Estonian Museum of the Year Award – the “Museum Rat”. The dramatic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland had acted as a catalyst for opening the exhibition. The exhibition reflected the history and the present of volcanoes, and introduced the types of rocks formed as a result of volcanic eruptions.

Organizing the exhibition Volcano – creator and destructor was impelled by the dramatic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. The exposition introduces present-day and ancient volcanoes, as well as products of volcanic activity. Here in Estonia the ground is usually still and stable, but in many places worldwide we can clearly feel that the Earth is in constant movement. Volcanoes are a most prominent expression of “breathing” and activity of Earth. Even in volcanic regions life can be peaceful for quite long periods, investigations of nature phenomena through longer period of time reveal that volcanoes may remain dormant for hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands years, accumulating energy for new eruptions.

The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Institute of Geology and Department of Mining at Tallinn University of Technology, Geological Survey of Estonia, Geological Museum of University of Tartu, Estonian Museum of Natural History and Institute of Earth Sciences at University of Iceland.