History Museums in Tartu

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History Museums in Tartu

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  • floremd
    Paris, France105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting interactive museum with all captions translating into your language with a device given with your ticket … We learned a lot about Estonia and saw beautiful handicrafts, traditional costumes, etc… you can easily spend 3 hours there without get bored! Excellent restaurant/ cafe.
    Written 21 May 2024
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  • DejanNS72
    Novi Sad, Serbia2,310 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting place about everyday life of Tartu citizen in early 19th century but also very small. There are only few rooms. It looks like that there lived only one person, there are only one small bedroom with single bed. However, it is interesting to find about the way of life in that time. You could see Biedermeier furniture, kitchen and few paintings on the way. There is also one parrot in the cage as well. Entrance fee is 4 euros.
    Written 1 November 2017
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  • Marcus D
    Tartu, Estonia1,214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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