Tartu City Museum
Tartu City Museum
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11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 18:00
Thursday
11:00 - 18:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
11:00 - 18:00
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When walking in the Old Town of Tartu, head also for the other side of the riverbanks where you will see the early classicist Pistohlkors or Katariina House. It is a building from the 18th century that used to belong to Lieutenant WC von Pistohlkors. The interior design of the building's hall in the style of Louis XVI is worth special attention. Tartu Town Museum is currently located in Katariina House.
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Victor P
Cambridge, MA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Solo
A small yet very dense in content a gem of a museum. From a large display of Tartu's city plan of XVII century, with amazing artifacts from the times immemorial, this little museum can be your guide through Tarbutu-Yuryev-Derpt-Dorpat-Tartu as the city raced through many a transformation in its ever-changing identity. Besides the history on a permanent display, the museum also hosts a temporary exhibit on a variety of subjects, from the role of Tartu in the Russian speaking world (Остров Свободы?) to the eclectic themes of toiletries in the different time periods. The stuff is very helpful and knowledgeable, as well as friendly and good-natured. Located just across the river from the center, this is a must for everyone who is even slightly interested in Tartu's amazing history under the Russians, Swedes, Poles, Germans, Estonians!!!
Written 15 February 2019
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ilabuni
Rome, Italy66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
Many beautiful things to see and learn, I liked the "pink room", the ancient coins, the old city maps of Tartu and the blue vase
Written 26 May 2017
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Sébastien D
Stafford, UK423 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Business
We visited the Museum as part of a business trip to Tartu. The rooms are lovely decorated and well preserved. We had a guided tour from oen of the curator which brought everything to live. She provided a lot of explanations behind the various key artefacts on display. I would certainly recommend to have such guided tour otherwise you might not get the full history and relevance of all the objects as there is not a lot of information on hand.
Written 18 October 2015
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Thank you very much for such a positive review! We're glad you had a great time at the museum.
Written 9 December 2015
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Marcus D
Tartu, Estonia1,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
Referred to locally as 'Catherine's House', which name hides the small but succinct Tartu City (history) Museum. The reality behind this local name is that Catherine the Great of Russia having gifted the powers that be in Tartu the financing to build Kivisild (the Stone Bridge - destroyed during World War II), visited Tartu and stayed in this house, which was specially built for her visit.
There are no doubts about either the reason for constructing the building(in 1790) or the actuality of Catherine's visit.
However, Catherine did not stay in this building.
The white piping against the light blue of the building contrasts with the white piping on the pink of the Town Hall in Raekoja plats - almost directly across the Emajõgi, on which line Kivisild was located and where Kaarsild (the Soviet period Arch Bridge) now lays.
The museum displays are mostly on the first floor (without wheelchair access) and cover archeological finds and the history of the development of the city (particularly in one highly effective photographic presentation). There is a small room of portraits of Tartu's historical 'movers and shakers' and most importantly several rooms devoted to the War of Independence 1918-1920 and the Tartu Peace Treaty of 1920. Pride of place is held by the negotiating table (and the rather quaint tale of how such a large table came to be made).
On the ground floor are two rooms. One is devoted to Tartu's bridges - Kivisild (destroyed) and replaced by Kaarsild (the Soviet period Arch Bridge) and Vabaduse street (recently renovated) and the newer bridges (3 for cars and 1 for pedestrians) over the Emajõgi. The other room invited the visitor to put on 3D glasses and view old lithographic representations of both Tartu and Tallinn.

The entrance fees are tiny at €2 for adults; €1 for students and Over 60s.
Written 3 July 2015
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Thank you very much for such a thorough and positive review!
Written 9 December 2015
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