Treasury

In the University Treasury we display the treasures of the alma mater, which tell the stories of our people, studies and scientific achievements. As a result of makeover in November 2018, the focus is on the fields of study at the University of Tartu and the scientific advances that have occurred there throughout the centuries. 

The exhibition space is divided into five sections. The objects in the central section of the hall speak about the administrative history of the university. Here you will find stories that are connected to the founding of the university, the people who have led it, and various symbols of authority. The side walls are divided according to the faculties of the university: the Humanities and Art, the Social Sciences, Medical Sciences and Natural and Exact Sciences. The hall also includes the university’s news innovative ideas and inventions.

The engaging interior design solution for the University Treasury highlights precious objects and those with interesting stories to tell; and is also appropriate for the display of fragile and sensitive materials. The floor is covered with the quotations of the university’s scientists in the languages used at the university through the ages.

The spatial design by KAOS Architects won the 2013 Cultural Endowment of Estonia Award for interior architecture.

Take a look at the Treasury!

Curators: Kaija-Liisa Koovit, Leili Kriis, Lea Leppik, Sirje Sisask, Kristiina Tiideberg, Tiina Vint

Project managers: Karoliina Kalda, Mariann Raisma

Exhibit mounting: Tanel Nõmmik, Maris Tuuling

Exhibition team: Jaanika Anderson, Anne Arus, Janet Laidla, Virge Lell, Jelizaveta Pratkunas, Paula Põder, Ingrid Sahk, Piret Tamm, Aile Tammiste

Language editor: Anu Lepp

English translation: Juta Ristsoo

Translation from Latin: uuslatinist Kristi Viiding

Exhibition design: KAOS Arhitektid OÜ

Graphic Design: Tuumik Stuudio OÜ

Print: Salibar OÜ

We wish to thank:Tartu Ülikooli raamatukogu (University of Tartu Library), Tartu Ülikooli loodusmuuseum ja botaanikaaed (University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens), Tõravere observatoorium (Tõravere Observatory), Võrumaa museum (Võrumaa Museum), Eesti Rahvusarhiiv (Estonian National Archives), Tartu Ülikooli kunstimuuseum (University of Tartu Art Museum), Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum (Estonian Literary Museum), Annely Allik, Jüri Allik, Riho Altnurme, Siim Angerpikk, Toomas Asser, Peeter Burk, Raul Eamets, Tõnu Esko, Eva Liina Asu Garcia, Madeleine Ida Harke, Kristina Hermann, Raivo Jaaniso, Alar Jänes, Karin Kogermann, Gea Kääpa, Margus Lember, Katrin Lendok, Pärtel Lippus, Enn Lust, Heidi-Ingrid Maaroos, Anton Malmi, Martin Malve, Marika Mikelsaar, Lili Milani, Mari Nelis, Gunnar Nurk, Oksana Palikova, Marili Palover, Riina Rammo, Imbi Rauk, Ülle Reier, Kertu Saar, Alar Suija, Pille Taba, Moonika Teemus, Maie Toomsalu, Andres Tvauri, Eva-Kaia Vabamäe, Laura Viidik, Taiga Film, Zbanski Kino (Zbanski Cinema)