University of Tartu Main Building & Art Museum

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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.
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.


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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 Sun, Mon.

Price/Additional Info

The 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.


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