For Families

Visit the Old Observatory with your whole family!

There is plenty to discover in the Observatory for both big and small astronomy enthusiasts. There are many hands-on exhibits in the Western Hall and the basement: try lifting a real iron meteorite, learn to count meteorites, reposition the scale model of the Tõravere telescope or put together a large puzzle! The basement has a small board game and drawing area, which is good for resting in between exhibitions.

We have a list of special events suitable for families: special family days, observation nights, Night of Museums, Researchers’ Night and during the Hanseatic Days we open the doors of Science Town. Check our events calendar here!

The Old Observatory is a fun place to celebrate your birthday and grade 3–5 students are welcome to join the Observatory youth club Reegulus (Regulus). 

Make sure you buy a family ticket when visiting the museum! The family ticket is for one or two adults with children and costs 8 €. The combined family ticket, which also includes entrance into the UT Museum in Tartu Cathedral and the UT Art Museum, costs 16 €.

Strollers can be left in the lobby of the Old Observatory, smaller strollers are allowed in the ground floor exhibition hall. The second floor planetarium, seismology exhibition and the telescope tower are not stroller accessible.

Also check the family event calendar of the main building of the University of Tartu Museum on Toome Hill and the University of Tartu Art Museum.