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.
Current and upcoming exhibitions:
The exhibition 'From Ancient and Forgotten Times. The Things Necessary for a Good Life', focusing on objects that take us on a brief cultural journey through time and space is open till May 27. After that, on June 21 the museum opens a new exhibition 'Creativity2. University of Tartu researchers and art hobby' showcasing the creations of Tartu University employees. From November 17, visitors can explore the 'Art or Science: Geological Landscapes' exhibition, which is part of a more extensive exhibition 'Art or Science' displaying at the same time in University of Tartu Museum. It's a visual culture study exploring scientific illustrations from the collections of Estonian memory and educational institutions and the interactions between art and science. This project space examines the mutual influences of geology and landscape painting.
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 InfoThe entrance fee for the entire building is €7, for the Art Museum alone it is €4. You can purchase a combined ticket for the University of Tartu Museum, Old Observatory, and University of Tartu Art Museum for €15. From May until the end of the year 2023, this joint ticket has a special price of €10. More information about the tickets can be found on the website.
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 (along with Art Museum and Old Observatory), this division housed in the city’s famous Tartu Cathedral and chronicles the history of the university from its founding in 1632 to the present day, as well as