The Museum of the History of Cattle
“For thousands of years history has been written from the perspective of a small minority, humans. Still, the world has always been shared by numerous species. For the first time in history a non-human form of life will have their own museum, an institution that makes their experience of this shared reality visible.
The Museum of the History of Cattle opens on 1.12. 2013 in Helsinki. The museum exhibits bovine culture and the relationship between cattle and their companion species. The installations explore the changes in bovine landscape caused by urbanization, the Industrial Revolution, and the theory of evolution, and studies the indigenous cattle populations.”
Press release, 2916
The Museum of the History of Cattle takes the form of an 250m2 ethnographic museum, exhibiting the shared history of cattle and humans, one of their most important companion species. The large scale exhibition explores the way in which human scientific theories, technological developments and related ideologies have effected the lives of both of these species. It also examines the concepts of time, history and heritage from the perspective of cattle, while providing information about the lives of cattle outside the normative, human-dominated cattle society.
Please browse the galleries on the page History of Cattle gallery (link) for details and texts (selected).