University of Tartu Main Building & Art Museum

  Ülikooli 18      +372 737 53 85     30 Jul 2021
Built in 1809 just after the Tartu University's reopening, this grand, neo-classical structure is the symbol of Estonia's biggest brain factory. The building holds three main attractions for visitors. Among Estonia's oldest museums, the University of Tartu Art Museum, displays plaster cast copies of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures as well as the not-to-miss 'Chamber of Mummies'. Until March 18, 2022 temporary exhibition ‘Face of Death. Life’s Vigour Through Death Masks' is on display. The exhibition invites to discover the phenomenon of making death masks and reflect on the memory of the departed and the legacy they leave behind.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.

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From May to September open 10:00-18:00, closed Sun. From October to April open 11:00-17:00, closed Sat, Sun.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 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.


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