Tartu City Museum

Tartu, Estonia

The Tartu City Museum was established in 1955 for collecting, studying and displaying the objects connected with town history as well as other sources. The permanent exhibition “Dorpat. Yuryev. Tartu”, staged at the Tartu City Museum in 2001, is a museological interpretation of the history of Tartu. Also the exhibition of Tartu peace treaty of 1920 is updated to be a permanent.

The museum building itself is a Classicist style structure built as a town palace in 1790. The building is popularly called Catherine´s House. The legend has it that Empress Catherine II made a short stay there. However, this legend is not true.

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Narva maantee 23, Tartu, Estonia
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Founded: 1790
Category: Museums in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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linnamuuseum.tartu.ee

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kaarel kullamaa (2 years ago)
Nice museum in the city centre, located at the former house of leitnant Woldemar Conrad von Pistohlkorsile built in 1790.
Hovhannes Sahakyan (2 years ago)
The museum is very nice. There was a nice concert in the hall. The aqustics is OK. Only the traffic noise was too much.
Joseph Grannum (2 years ago)
City museum, great exhibit pieces and halls for meetings and performances.
Tanel Karja (3 years ago)
Suurepärane saal esinejatele, huvitavad ja vahelduvad näitused.
Николай Лагуткин (3 years ago)
Небольшой, но очень интересный музей. Большая экспозиция посвященная Тартусскому договору и образованию независимой Эстонии.
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