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Observatory of the University of Tartu
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2005 UNESCO Struve Geodetic Arc-Old Dorpat Observatory.

We climbed up Toome Hill to visit this historic site where German-born Russian scientist Friedrich... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
Gene R J
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Silver Spring, Maryland
wish I'd had more time

I had to do a very quick walk-through of the museum since I arrived shortly before closing on a... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2018
LMOverby
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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

We climbed up Toome Hill to visit this historic site where German-born Russian scientist Friedrich von Struve worked from 1816-1855 to establish the exact size and shape of the earth. I was exposed to this scientist way back in school and am impressed to see where he worked.
Inside, after paying 3 Euros each, we could stroll through the 3 rooms on the lower floor than climb several flights of steps to the dome, all filled with nicely preserved historic equipment.

which also provides a nice afternoon view over City Hall.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gene R J
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

I had to do a very quick walk-through of the museum since I arrived shortly before closing on a Friday and the museum was closed for holidays during the rest of my stay in Tartu. Even such quick tour, though, indicated what an interesting place this was, with its collection of historical telescopes and other astronomical items. Displays are almost all nicely translated into English.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

If you are even a little bit interested of astronomy this is a place you have to go to.

There are interesting specimens of retracting and reflecting telescopes and related equipment. Observatory is also closely related to Friedrich von Struve and was the beginning point of 'Struve's chain'.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Klaus K
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Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

Very interesting incite into the history of astronomy. At one point housing the largest telescope in the world. Great views of Tartu from the top.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed May 1, 2017

An interesting place for history of astronomy fans, but not of a special interest for an average tourist.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Mariusz M
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