University of Tartu Museum
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Ideas Rule the World - 400 Years of University History The University of Tartu Museum gives an overview of the history of science and university education from the 17th century to the present day - come and experience the rich legacy of the University and explore its tales of science, art, astronomy, medicine and student life! The Museum is situated in the centre of Tartu on Toome Hill, the historic heart of both Tartu and the University campus. The permanent exhibition of the Museum gives an overview of the history of the University of Tartu and science. Each year a new annual exhibition is opened to visitors. The Museum's White Hall is one of the most prestigious venues in Tartu and invites you to visit its display on the history of the University of Tartu. Morgenstern Hall introduces the history of student organisations and the Museum building. The Treasury is home to the truly rare gems of the University, which have rarely, if ever, been on display. The Crazy Scientist's Office invites both young and old researchers to take part in its interactive explorations, experiments and construction workshops. The towers of Tartu Cathedral and their viewing platforms are open to visitors from spring to autumn. On the ground floor of the museum you can find the Cathedral Shop that offers different products on the tales of Toome Hill as well as the historical and contemporary scientific achievements of the University of Tartu, souvenirs, jewellery, both books and films on the history of the university as well as objects inked to the deeds of famous professors and much more. The University of Tartu Museum other branches are the University of Tartu Art Museum, the Old Observatory and the Old Anatomical Theatre (the Old Anatomical Theatre is currently closed due to renovation).
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Emma M
Bristol, UK111 contributions
Nov 2022 • Solo
Really interesting museum and very detailed explanations. The museum is housed in the old cathedral / university building and the exhibitions are excellently displayed! Unfortunately a couple of rooms weren’t open when I visited but there was still plenty to visit. The university museum and the university museum of art are both €6 each to enter. This museum is definitely worth the €6 but the art museum is definitely not. If you can only visit one, definitely visit this museum!
Written November 2, 2022
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Kelly
7 contributions
May 2022
I had only seen few pictures from this place so I didn't have high expeditions. But all the staff there were super friendly, they helped and were ready to answer any questions. You go quite high when visiting it, and you get some amazing views. But also it is very fascinating museum, you see lots of interesting things about university of Tartu and the knowledge you learn. It was totally worth the visit and I would go there again! It is so modern but you can also drive with the oldest lift, which was scary but so cool!
Written November 20, 2022
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Pikkuaalto
Helsinki, Finland96 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
This museum is great for anyone interested in the history of Tartu University or the history of science. There was one floor focused on natural science, one room for kids to experiment, one section on the history of Tartu and the impact of the Reformation, for example, one floor on the history of the university itself and a temporary exhibition on crime and punishment. The ticket (5€) also allows you to go to the Cathedral tower, but I didn't have time to go up.
Written July 28, 2018
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Karhuvaari
Tuusula, Finland93 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
University of Tartu Museum is in the middle of nice park. Did not go up the tower, but ruins itself looks great. Park is open 24/7.
Written August 30, 2018
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DejanNS72
Novi Sad, Serbia2,300 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Museum of University of Tartu is located inside the ruins of mediaeval cathedral. Altar place of this magnificent building is transformed in 19th century in Museum in neo-gothic style. Entrance fee is 4 euros and on different floors you could find very different exhibitions. There are stories about mediaeval way of life, world discoveries, students life in the past, scientific experiments... There is also elegant Hall and place for kids in the Lab od Crazy Scientist. Really interesting and well presented museum.
Written November 4, 2017
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Kala P
Tartu, Estonia42 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
The ruins of the old cathedral on top of Toome hill are worth a look themselves, but the University museum adds some more value. While only a very small part of their collection is on display, each exhibitted piece tells a story or tries to teach you something. Instead of displaying tons of old bones wihout much comment, you can learn how the deformations on the bones reveal the lifestyle of their owner, was he rich or poor, or how come someone beheadd was still burried in the cathedral. Therefore, take your time and if you see something remotely interesting, dig in the details and you will likley not be dissapointed. As usual, you can teach your young ones as well. Look for the temporary exhibitions as well, while small as well, these are often very hands-on. The oldest elevator in Tartu is worth a try even if you normally prefer stairs. You can climb plenty of stairs while ascending to the towers later anyway.
Written August 9, 2017
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Allonius
33 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
Be sure to visit this amazing historical site.

You will develop a great sense of estonian contributions to science and the nobel prize winners/famous people who have attended.

The museum giftshop is actually where you buy tickets to the attraction, with very friendly and socialblr staff who are always willing to help and share more insight!

Be careful if one of the staff asks you to walk into a black cloth room on the floor of monuments - creepy!

Written December 25, 2016
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genibre69
London, UK3,243 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
I don't get how people are calling this great- I wouldn't say it's worth the €5 fee. The temporary exhibits are somewhat interesting- Estonian explorers through the ages and children's experiences during WWII on the top- but the permanent treasury exhibit is just... Mediocre. The White Hall has some intriguing details on the university's history but the mad scientist room is completely irrelevant for adults. The ticket included a climb to a tower for a view of the city... But there is no view in the summer! Lush greenery covers everything so you may just see a steeple poking through the trees. This would be way better in the fall or winter when the trees lose their leaves. Save your euros and just wander the grounds for free for some great photos.
Written September 1, 2016
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ZolloPaa
Helsinki, Finland97 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
The museum is situated on a hill, so if it is a very sunny day you should be prepared for a hot walk to get there. The Guide sitting outside was very nice and told us a lot of interesting things. A place worth visiting if you are history nerd. Otherwise, it is maybe not your cup of tea.
Written July 22, 2016
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Vlad B
6 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
At first you should climb to Toome Hil to see the great Tartu toomkirik (Dorpat Cathedral), where is this amazing Museum. Better to take pictures at sunset.
Written February 18, 2015
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