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Ideas Rule the World - 400 Years of University History The University of Tartu Museum gives an overview of the history of science and university education from the 17th century to the present day - come and experience the rich legacy of the University and explore its tales of science, art, astronomy, medicine and student life! The Museum is situated in the centre of Tartu on Toome Hill, the historic heart of both Tartu and the University campus. The permanent exhibition of the Museum gives an overview of the history of the University of Tartu and science. Each year a new annual exhibition is opened to visitors. The Museum's White Hall is one of the most prestigious venues in Tartu and invites you to visit its display on the history of the University of Tartu. Morgenstern Hall introduces the history of student organisations and the Museum building. The Treasury is home to the truly rare gems of the University, which have rarely, if ever, been on display. The Crazy Scientist's Office invites both young and old researchers to take part in its interactive explorations, experiments and construction workshops. The towers of Tartu Cathedral and their viewing platforms are open to visitors from spring to autumn. On the ground floor of the museum you can find the Cathedral Shop that offers different products on the tales of Toome Hill as well as the historical and contemporary scientific achievements of the University of Tartu, souvenirs, jewellery, both books and films on the history of the university as well as objects inked to the deeds of famous professors and much more. The University of Tartu Museum other branches are the University of Tartu Art Museum, the Old Observatory and the Old Anatomical Theatre (the Old Anatomical Theatre is currently closed due to renovation).
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  • Juris P
    Riga, Latvia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was 4th time I was in AHHAA, this time with 4 teen and preteen girls. Wide variety of activities, everybody was engaged, happy and full of fun. Would recommend to anyone with kids aged 4-18, but even adults can gave fun.
    Written 6 January 2024
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  • Roam59539303132
    1 contribution
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    we didn’t expect that the tickets would include a guided tour, but that was even better! plus you get to make your own paper, and then stamp a postcard. they also have a lovely tortoiseshell cat, so be careful if you have allergies, but give her a pat if you’re not! she might look grumpy, but she’s actually really sweet and wants nothing more than to sleep in your arms ❤️
    they also sell handmade notebooks, secret book-boxes, shelf secret book-spines, postcards, seed paper, and even tote bags (at least for valentine’s they had some limited edition ones)
    Written 14 February 2024
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  • GaryBrazel
    Brooklyn, NY536 contributions
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    The Estonian National Museum (Eesti Rahva Muuseum) is modern (2016?) and huge. It is on the site of what was a big USSR  military base. It's a bit out of the way if you are staying in the Old City but worth the effort to get there.
    Upon entering we were approached by a young woman working at the museum to ask us about our Cold War experiences which we recorded in a booth. We mention the drills at school where we ducked under our desks and covered our heads. Also the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    There are numerous screens throughout the museum where you scan your ticket in order to get it to change to English.
    The temporary exhibit described a number of interesting traditional superstitions common in Estonia.
    The museum has a very extensive variety of subjects that it covers.
    Downstairs was an exhibit ("Echo of the Urals" Finno-Ugric) about the various different people that are linguistically related to Latvian including Finns, Hungarians and Sami.
    Written 8 October 2023
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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, UK1,284 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an enjoyable 2-hour guided walking tour of Tartu taking in the old town, university and Toonemagi. It is an attractive town and not very busy either with cars or people.
    Written 28 July 2023
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  • Richard M
    BC, Canada324 contributions
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    These gardens are well maintained and provide many contemplative, peaceful spots to sit and breathe deeply. The landscaping and variety of flora is remarkable. Best of all, it's free.
    Written 24 August 2023
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  • Kate
    192 contributions
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    It's a nice place not only for kids, but for adults as well - especially if you were growing up in the decades, the toys from which the museum presents. It's a nostalgic trip to the past :)
    Written 31 July 2023
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH3,037 contributions
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    Tartu Town Hall Square is certainly a great public space, but as of June 2023 important parts are under construction in anticipation of the 2024 year as a Capital of European culture.

    The square itself proceeds down a hillside (the slope is gentle) from the attractive former town hall (now a tourist information center) towards the river. The square is lined with shops and cafes. We were here on a Saturday night, and the square was alive and vibrant.

    The construction is directly in front of the town hall, although it does not completely obscure it. We've posted photos. Most importantly, the "kissing students" castle, one of Tartu's most famous, is in storage pending completion of the project. The project does not affect the tilted art museum, which is towards the other end of the square. The museum leans at a greater angle than the Tower of Pisa in Italy.

    If you are in Tartu, you will definitely want to come here. We stayed at the nearby Hotel Lydia, which is maybe 200 feet away and an excellent choice. If enjoying it without construction is your priority, or seeing the kissing students, I would contact the TI. In any case, it sounds like this square, and Tartu in general, will be a great place to visit in 2024.
    Written 24 June 2023
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  • Julius K
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice. Everyone remembers young days, first love, nice girl, romantic days and nights. Always good to be a student in all countries
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Dr_V_Fomin
    Kaunas, Lithuania46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting to learn facts of history of Tartu U. We had high expectations, as friends told us this was an exciting place to visit, and that there is a room / exhibition which would draw attention of kids - the Mad Scientist room. That particular room, we were told, is a sort of "hands on science" room, but in reality it was not, and my 11 year old daughter did not find there anything interesting. In another room a VR exhibit cought my daughter's attention for 15 sec :) It was a non-interactive "look around" kind of VR.

    The history / facts part of the mnuseum was fine - as expected.

    The museum tower was an athletic part :) Climbing narrow medieval stair in the remrants of the old church to reach the high platform at the level of the building's top was an interersing experience. Also gave us a chance to have a panoramic view to the city.
    Written 16 August 2023
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  • Ian C
    London, UK23,970 contributions
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    The neoclassical main building is a prominent landmark in Tartu, which is known as the intellectual capital of Estonia.

    The university itself dates back to 1632 and is now located across the city. The main museum is located in the park, but the main building has a small museum with plaster casts of classical statues, paintings of the university and a few Egyptian artefacts while along the corridor are prints by Durer and other artists.

    When a guide is available, you can apparently visit the student cells at the top of the building.

    As one side of the main building there is a photographic project with members of the academic community looking out onto the street.
    Written 17 September 2019
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  • Tuuli M
    Tartu, Estonia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly interesting and exciting visit. There were many different exhibits, and activities to keep us engaged for several hours. The staff was friendly! I am already looking forward to the next visit!
    Written 20 November 2023
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  • jan bortkun
    Akranes, Iceland3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went there expecting 5 planes at most but was pleasantly suprised to find way more,they had a couple of the planes open but years of sitting outside have left them in a questionable state
    Written 10 August 2023
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