Contact and Additional information


Tartu Old Observatory

Lossi 40

51003 Tartu

Phone: +372 737 6932


Check the museum employee contacts.

Additional information

A safe visit to the museum

From 9 August, visitors of the University of Tartu Museum must present a certificate to prove vaccination against Covid-19, recovery from this disease or a negative test result. This requirement does not apply to children and young people under the age of 18.

At the ticket office, all visitors from the age of 18 need to present a valid certificate proving one of the following:

  • completed vaccination;

·       recovery from COVID-19;

·       a negative PCR test result (test taken by a medical specialist less than 72 hours ago); or

·       a negative result of a rapid antigen test (test taken by a medical specialist less than 48 hours ago).

Please also bring an identity document, as the certificate is only valid with it. No testing is carried out at the museum.

In addition, we ask you to sanitise your hands upon entry to the building and keep a safe distance from other visitors. Hand sanitisers are available throughout the museum. Wearing a mask is also encouraged.

Please visit the museum only when healthy.

Let’s protect the health of ourselves and the others


The museum does not have an official parking lot. However, when renting rooms you can park in the employee parking lot if you come to a prior agreement with the administrator. The same applies to visitors with special needs. The nearest parking spaces are on Lossi and Vallikraavi Streets (Zone B) and Ülikooli Street (Zone A). The nearest disabled parking space is 100 m away in front of Lossi 36.

Tour buses have to be parked street-side. For more information of parking check the homepage of the city of Tartu.

There is no separate bicycle parking station. You can lock your bicycles alongside the fence surrounding the Old Observatory.

Special needs access

The main exhibition of the Old Observatory is located on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible. There is a steep natural slope (up to 17%) in front of the main entrance. The handle of the front door is rather high but staff can open the door from the inside if necessary. The Western exhibition hall has a high doorsill when coming from the Clock Room but you can enter the Hall through another door via the lobby.

The building is not equipped with a lift or an accessible toilet. The basement seismology exhibition, the planetarium and the telescope tower are not wheelchair accessible.

In order to ensure a better experience please let us know about your visit by calling +372 737 6932 or via email

For more information on accessibility also check:


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, basement seismology exhibition and the telescope tower are not stroller accessible.


Pets are not allowed in the museum, with the exception of trained guide dogs.

The museum has video surveillance.