Ideas Rule the World – 400 Years of University History

The University of Tartu Museum invites you to broaden your horizons!

  • The University of Tartu Museum’s annual exhibition "Estonia of Ideals. 100 years of Quests" explores events since the year 1920 that have influenced the Estonian state and university. The exhibition highlights the development of our national thought and its ideals through the institution of our national university in the context of ground breaking events, including failures and disappointments. Open until September 6th 2020.

  • The updated University Treasury and new permanent exhibition on the history of the university "The University of our Lives" are open now.

  • The Crazy Scientist’s Office is an engaging activity room that welcomes both children and adults to discover science and research. It is home to all of our educational programmes and a perfect venue for children’s birthday parties.

  • Engaging historical tours in Tartu Cathedral can combine educational, engaging, active and fun components. The tours are especially suitable for the final event of a conference. Check out our special offers and prices!

  • Guided tours of Tartu Cathedral and the Cathedral Hill are offered in German, English, Russian, Finnish and Estonian. This is a great way to get acquainted with a unique example of Baltic brick gothic architecture.

  • The Cathedral Shop, on the ground floor of the Museum, offers a rich selection of souvenirs in a renovated shopping space.


University of Tartu Art Museum invites you to discover the main building of the university!

  • The temporary exhibition "The enchanting art of stone cutting. Morgenstern 250" (11.06.2020 – 26.03.2021) dedicated to the founder of the art musem, introduces an old and forgotten art—engraving, or glyptics.

  • The University of Tartu Art Museum's permanent exhibition introduces antique art. It includes sculptures – original size plaster cast copies of the greatest works from Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greece. The museum exhibits numerous original ancient objects: an Egyptian mummy, coins, vases, clay lamps and cuneiform tablets.

  • Guided tours in German, English, Russian, Finnish and Estonian are offered in the main building of Tartu University - a fine example of 19th century architecture. The tours introduce guests to the elegant assembly hall, historical student prison (lock-up) and the colourful museum.

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The University of Tartu Old Observatory invites you to the end of the universe!

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