Ten Science Town houses will be open on Toome Hill from Wednesday

Ten Science Town houses will be open on Toome Hill from Wednesday

On Wednesday, 21 July, the University of Tartu Museum will open the Science Town on Toome Hill. In the ten buildings, visitors can familiarise themselves with achievements in different fields of research.

For example, they can calculate the R number for the infection rate in the town hospital, learn to write their name in binary code in the schoolhouse, measure the age of the lime tree at the monument dedicated to urban trees, and try out the various ways of greeting of different cultures in the culture house.

“Compared to the last year, there are three more themes covered this year, and in many cases it was due to the curators’ personal interest. For example, the idea of the monument to the lime tree was born when looking at old photos of the Karl Ernst von Baer monument – there was always a stately old tree standing beside it. At one moment we felt that the old trees of Toome Hill deserve similar recognition,” said Karoliina Kalda, leader of the Science Town project.

Participants in the Science Town game may fill in an answer sheet and get reduced admission to the University of Tartu Museum, Old Observatory and University of Tartu Art Museum.

On the opening day, 21 July, all who complete the answer game get a gift from the museum shop. The completed answer sheet can be submitted until the museum closes at 18. 

Game sheets can be collected from the museum gift shop. It is also possible to respond electronically on the website of the University of Tartu Museum.

The Science Town has two centres on Toome Hill: the surroundings of the Old Observatory and the Museum in the ruins of Tartu Cathedral.

The Science Town on Toome Hill has helped to enliven the summers in Tartu with science since 2011. The Science Town offers various exciting activities in the summer for townspeople and guests, aiming to arouse interest in science in young visitors and to enable adults to get acquainted with both the past and present achievements of Estonian science.

The Science Town will be open until 30 September.

Photos of the Science Town and the Tartu Cathedral on Toome Hill are available here. Source: University of Tartu

Further information:

Karoliina Kalda, Exhibitions Specialist, Project Manager of Science Town, University of Tartu Museum, +372 5621 6528, karoliina.kalda@ut.ee

Külli Lupkin, Head of Communication Office, Project Manager of Science Town, University of Tartu Museum, +372 5554 2357, kulli.lupkin@ut.ee