The best overview of Tartu's history can be found at the City Museum, housed in a beautiful, 18th-century mansion just across the river from Old Town. The collection here isn't terribly extensive, but the permanent exhibition 'Dorpat. Yuryev. Tartu.' covers all the major periods. One can learn about the brick structures of the Medieval era, the aftermath of the Livonian war, 18th century handicraft, the signing of the all-important Tartu Peace Treaty and more.