University of Tartu Museum

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University of Tartu Museum in the Tartu Cathedral

The University of Tartu Museum is the museum for the University of Tartu. It consists of three entities: the museum in the historic Tartu Cathedral, Tartu Old Observatory and University of Tartu Art Museum.



The museum’s collections were started by Tullio Ilomets, Associate Professor of Chemistry, in the 1960s. The University History Museum was created in 1976 and moved to Tartu Cathedral in 1981 after the university library was moved to its current location. In 2014 the University History Museum was re-named the University of Tartu Museum.

The collections of the museum

The University of Tartu Museum’s collections have been part of the Estonian National Cultural History Collection since 2004.

The museum's emphasis is on science history and the collection of scientific equipment. The collection comprises 73,398 items, documents and photos. [1]

The museum collection is divided into eight categories: [2]


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  1. Lea Leppik "Mountain of Muses: University of Tartu Museum on Toome Hill", Tartu: Tartu Ülikooli muuseum, 2014
  2. "The collections of the University of Tartu Museum". Retrieved 25 February 2019.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Tartu Ülikooli ajaloo küsimusi". Retrieved 25 February 2019.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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