Science town map by Liina Tepand
As of Saturday, 18 July, the University of Tartu Museum invites everyone to Toome Hill to participate in its Science Town game—take the opportunity to learn new things and get to know Toome Hill. During the opening weekend, the museum offers a refreshing gift to the 50 first people who complete the track.
“Where better to participate in an educational game than at the heart of the university city and the historical campus,” says Külli Lupkin, project manager of the University of Tartu Museum. “It’s fun to complete the tasks alone, but much more fun with one’s friends or family. The game offers the added value of being outdoors and in the nature,” she adds.
Science Town is made up of eight stops on Toome Hill. The players can easily find them since each stop includes a map of the town. The subjects covered in the town include archaeology, medicine, economy, musicology, IT and astronomy. Each stop introduces the scientific background of a narrow topic and players get to solve a task. The starting point of the game is next to the university museum.
Science Town was created by the University of Tartu Museum’s curators Lea Leppik and Tiiu Kreegipuu, and project managers Karoliina Kalda and Külli Lupkin. The authors of the town’s visual design are artist Liina Tepand and master builder Tanel Nõmmik from the University of Tartu Museum. The construction of Science Town was supported by the Estonian Research Council and the city of Tartu. The game can be played in Estonian and English.
The players who complete the track during the opening weekend get a gift when they present their completed answer sheet. Both answer sheets and gifts can be collected from the University of Tartu Museum’s souvenir shop in the historical Tartu Cathedral. On Saturdays and Sundays, the museum shop is open during the opening hours of the museum from 10 to 18.
The University of Tartu Museum has been organising Science Town events during the Tartu Hanseatic Days. Since the Hanseatic Days have been cancelled this year, the museum decided to adopt a different approach towards the subject.
Science Town remains open on Toome Hill until the end of the museum’s summer season on 30 September. Visiting Science Town is free of charge.
Additional information: Külli Lupkin, University of Tartu Museum project manager, 5554 2357, firstname.lastname@example.org