Nowadays, the Old Observatory is a modern museum and centre for school astronomy on Toome Hill. Historically, the Observatory was the gem of Estonian science and one of the most important centres of astronomy in the world.
Visit our rich permanent exhibition on astronomy and the history of astronomy. Discover the world’s best telescope and a rare Arabic celestial globe, count the falling meteorites within a minute and learn to know the constellations of the Northern Hemisphere.
Book an educational programme or thematic birthday party.
Take part in planetarium shows, lectures, observation nights and other fun events.
Rent rooms for special occasions.
The Old Observatory is a branch of the University of Tartu Museum. Other branches include the UT Art Museum and the Old Anatomical Theatre (the latter is closed for renovation). The University of Tartu also has a Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens