Tartu

University of Tartu Main Building & Art Museum

  Ülikooli 18      (+372) 737 53 85     25 Apr 2019
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'. 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. Through December 6, 2019 temporary exhibition 'Main building of the University of Tartu in art' is on display, it gives a view of the main building in painting, graphic art and drawings from early 19th century to the present day.

Website

Email

kunstimuuseum@ut.ee

Open

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 €12, Art Museum only €3. Joint ticket for University of Tartu Museum, Old Observatory and University of Tartu Art Museum is €12.

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