The Museum focuses on researching the history of science, the history of the University of Tartu and the use of Museum collections.
The Museum publishes a collection of scientific articles entitled “Tartu Ülikooli ajaloo küsimusi” (Issues of the History of the University of Tartu). The collection has been published since 1975.
The Museum organises conferences and history of science days. Each year during the first week of December the Museum hosts its annual conference, which is dedicated to the history of science and the University and invites speakers from both Estonia and abroad. Employees of the Museum have actively participated in the Baltic Conference on the History of Science, which is held every two years alternating between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The history of science days celebrate the birthdays of famous researchers, special events in the University of Tartu and the dates of major scientific discoveries. The history of science days have been organised in cooperation with departments at the University of Tartu, National Archives of Estonia, University of Tartu Library, Learned Estonian Society, Estonian Literary Museum, Centre for Science Studies of the Estonian University of Life Sciences and many others.
Once a month at our popular science tea nights, researchers introduce the intriguing problems and research results of contemporary science to the public.
The Museum collaborates with museums and centres of science studies in Sweden, Germany, Finland, Russia, Hungary and elsewhere. We participate in the European Academic Heritage Network UNIVERSEUM, International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) branch University Museum and Collections (UMAC), and the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS) Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC).