The museum also offers tours of the fabulously decorated Assembly Hall (Aula) and the building's weirdest feature, the Student Lock-up where, in the 19th Century, students were incarcerated for minor offences. The punishment for returning a library book late was 2 days. Insulting a cloakroom attendant would get you 5 days, and duelling, 3 weeks. Cartoons and graffiti the students scribbled still cover the walls. You can experience a complete virtual tour of the university by logging on to www.ut.ee/virtualtour.
Facilities for disabled
From May to September open 10:00-18:00, closed Sun. From October to April open 11:00-17:00, closed Sun, Mon.
Price/Additional InfoAdmission to entire building €6, reduced €4, family €14. Art Museum only €4, reduced €3, family €10. Joint ticket for University of Tartu Museum, Old Observatory and University of Tartu Art Museum is €9-14, families €24-27.
This grand building was the university's original observatory, founded in 1810, and now houses one of university's museum branches. Its most famous director, F. G. W. Struve (in charge 1820 - 1839) installed what was then the most powerful telescope in t
One of three branches of the university’s museum (with Art Museum and Old Observatory), the division housed in the city's famous Tartu Cathedral chronicles the history of the university from its founding in 1632 to the present time and also of the buildi