10 July saw the opening of a unique new attraction in Tartu County in southern Estonia – the interactive Ice Age Centre. This environmental education and visitor centre, which covers 2200 m2, has been in the planning for more than 5 years.
Now open to the public, the Ice Age Centre will answer all of your questions about the Ice Age – where the last mammoths were found, whether we could be in for another ice age, and how the period is connected to Kalevipoeg, the hero of the Estonian epic!
A range of exhibits over three floors showcase 13.7 billion years of history. On the first floor you will find an exciting display on the story of the Ice Age and the animals that lived during the period, as well as an Ice Age play area and other entertaining ice attractions. You can also watch a movie on the big screen charting the development of life – from the Big Bang through the formation of galaxies to the rise of our solar system and the volcanic creation of the Earth all the way up to the present day.
On the second floor you will discover the marks the Ice Age left on Estonia, learn how its natural environment developed during the period and see how this is reflected in traditional folk tales. On the third floor you will find out all about weather forecasting, climate change and how people affect it, and ecological footprints.
Full-priced tickets cost €6, with discounted tickets available to students and pensioners at a price of €3.
The Ice Age Centre is on the shores of Lake Saadjärv in Tartu County. The lake is open for swimming, fishing and boating in summer. The State Forest Management Centre’s Elistvere Animal Park is just 9 km from the centre, while Vudila Playland is 12 km from the centre.