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One of the most historically important buildings in Tartu

Referred to locally as 'Catherine's House', which name hides the small but succinct Tartu City... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2015
Derettens O
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Tartu, Estonia
A gem in a great historical setting of Catherine The Great house

A small yet very dense in content a gem of a museum. From a large display of Tartu's city plan of... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2019
Victor P
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: September 2015
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Laura R, Public Relations Manager at Tartu City Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Thank you very much for such a positive review! We're glad you had a great time at the museum.

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Reviewed 3 July 2015

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.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Laura R, Public Relations Manager at Tartu City Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Thank you very much for such a thorough and positive review!

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Reviewed 8 August 2019 via mobile
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 21 April 2016
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Date of experience: July 2015
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