Ice Age Centre

Ice Age Centre, Tartu: Hours, Address, Ice Age Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Ice Age Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums • Bodies of Water
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
Ice Age Centre is an exciting theme park meant for the whole family! We offer the joy of discovery for visitors of all ages! We are a unique visiting centre in the Baltic States – you will see life-sized prehistoric animals and experience how the world and Estonian nature has developed through the ages. Is mammoth just a hairy elephant? When did humans inhabit Estonia? How will the coastline change in time? Is the climate getting warmer or actually colder? From us you will get to know how the Universe was formed and what lies ahead in the future! Ice Age Centre exhibition offers an overview of the origins of ice ages and their effect on the Earth, Estonia and Vooremaa, introduces the development of Estonian nature and human settlement after the last ice age and the causes of and research on climate change. We are located in the heart of Vooremaa, next to beautiful lake Saadjärv – an area known for the ice age and Estonian Kalevipoeg legends.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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sptor
Klaipeda, Lithuania81 contributions
Small but relatively fun museum
Aug 2021
Small museum related to paleontology and archeology in the vicinity of Tartu, so if you want to get there car would be very handy, suppose you can get there by bike, and maybe public transport but not completely sure. Museum exhibition is fully indoors so it is good place to visit in case if weather is not so good. In case of the good weather you may have a bonus of walk around by the nearby lake. Exhibition not overly abundant but very well arranged and maintained, with it fare share interactive experiences, like northern lights room, or stone throwing game related to Estonian mythology. Static exhibitions also on par.
Price is fully justified, and as an additional bonus and reason to go there, on the first visit you get a flier with 20% discount for visiting AHHAA, not sure if it applies to family tickets only, also this works vice-a-versa as well and more museums attractions are participating in that scheme, but if you on budget is better start with those which are cheaper, and use discount for more expensive ones.
Written 17 August 2021
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Angela S
Riga, Latvia114 contributions
New place to visit
Oct 2020
Ice Age Centre is a theme park to visit with kids, it allows to tell the history in easy-to-understand manner. Mammoth is really big and looks alive. Reasonable ricing for such an interesting museum .
Written 31 May 2021
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k z
6 contributions
1st time
Feb 2020 • Friends
Was interesting. Some attractions did not work, but overall it was fun and worth it. Great place for family and kids. Animals look really real.
Written 14 February 2020
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O Z
1 contribution
It could be better
Apr 2018 • Family
Our family visited Ice Age Centre in Tartu with 4 year toddler. At the entry we've been worned that on 12:00 all lights will be off, they will give us flashlights and something interesting shall happen. As a result flashlights were too few and we were in the dark centre with estonian speaking guide telling something to other visitors for 40 minutes!!! I think that we could spend 40 minutes of our life in a much more interesting way.
Written 24 April 2018
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Neringa K
28 contributions
useful place for children
Nov 2017 • Family
Interesting museum for little and bigger children. There is very flexible staff: we came too early and they let us to come in. Thank you
Written 5 November 2017
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Jānis Baiža
Adazi, Latvia68 contributions
Great view from very beginning of earth
Jul 2017 • Family
Nice place to see how things shaped our earth and see some animals lived and living right now.
Maybe target audience is a bit older than our 3 and 5 year-olds. They had fun to look around all animal taxidermy but had no interest to learn more by reading all interesting information written in descriptions.
Written 18 July 2017
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SFrances C
Bovingdon, UK336 contributions
A great museum!!
Aug 2016 • Couples
This a fantastic place!! The interactive displays are very good and the video clips of traditional Estonian lifestyles are alos very good. We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to those who enjoy well displayed educational museums.
Written 4 July 2017
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PetraHector1
Halkirk, UK72 contributions
An odd place
May 2017 • Business
Not sure which audience the Ice Age Centre is aimed at. The text panels are very wordy and technical so are clearly not designed for children and families. Good display using natural history specimens illustrating climate change but overall a bit of a miss for me.
Written 24 May 2017
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Oravad
Tartu, Estonia1,256 contributions
Great museum off the beaten track
May 2016
This is such a great place for everyone in the family. Educational for young ones, and fun for older kids. There are fantastic interactive exhibitions and great animal models, light shows and videos showing traditional Estonian way of life. Wonderful spot on the lake too. You are best driving there, it is about 20 minutes from Tartu on country roads, but otherwise, you can get a bus to Äksi from Tartu.
You can also make a day of it and also visit the Elistvere animal park (open air safari style) which is lovely for some fresh air in open countryside and has great picnic areas.
Written 15 April 2017
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Rachel W
13 contributions
Good for small kids
Feb 2017 • Friends
Worth a visit. Really more suitable for kids.
Most of the exhibits are replica's and not original artifacts.
Written 20 February 2017
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Ice Age Centre is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00