The permanent exhibition consists of sculptures – original size plaster cast copies of the greatest works from Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greece. They were acquired in the 1860s from museums in England, Germany, France and Italy in order to promote the students’ interest in and knowledge of art, history and culture.
The backdrop of the exhibition is the ornamental Pompeian style murals on the walls of the halls. The Pompeian murals were painted in 1868 when the Museum moved into its current residence in the left wing of University of Tartu Main Building. It is the oldest interior specially designed for a museum in Estonia.
The Art Museum exhibits numerous original ancient objects: an Egyptian mummy, coins, vases, clay lamps and cuneiform tablets.
The University of Tartu Art Museum is located in the left wing of the University of Tartu Main Building. The Museum also offers visits to the classical Assembly Hall and the historical lock-up in the attic of the Main Building.
The entrance ticket to the Art Museum, Assembly Hall and historical lock-up costs 3 €. The combined ticket, which also includes entrance into the University of Tartu Museum main building in Tartu Cathedral and the Old Observatory, costs 7 €. For more information on concessions, family and group tickets and guided tours check the prices and opening hours.
You can also book a guided tour .
Plan your visit
University of Tartu Museum in Tartu Cathedral 400 metres (6 minutes)
Tartu Old Observatory 260 metres (5 minutes)
Old Anatomical Theatre 550 metres (8 minutes)
Devil’s Bridge 450 metres (7 minutes)
Angel’s Bridge 300 metres (5 minutes)
University of Tartu Natural History Museum 1.1 km (15 minutes)
University of Tartu Botanical Gardens 450 metres (5 minutes)
Town hall square and tourist information point 250 metres (3 minutes)
Tartu coach station 1 km (12 minutes)
Tartu train station 1.4 km (18 minutes)