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University of Tartu Observatory

Address: Lossi tn 40, Tartu | Show on map
Telephone: (+372) 737 6932
Website: External link
Method of payment: Cash

The University of Tartu Observatory is a jewel in the crown of the scientific history of the world! The research that has been carried out here has changed the way we understand our planet and the universe on more than one occasion...

The observatory's director, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, was one of the first people in the world to measure the distance of a star from our solar system - an activity he undertook between 1835 and 1836. Between 1816 and 1852 he and his colleague Carl Friedrich Tenner led the measurement of the meridian arc from northern Norway to the Black Sea. This arc, which today is known as the Struve Geodetic Arc, was of great importance to the development of geodesy and cartography. The arc was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage in 2005.

Times and prices

Tuesday–sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Monday: closed
Adult: from 2.6 €
Family ticket: from 6.5 €
Pensioner: from 1.6 €
University student: from 1.6 €
School student: from 1.6 €

Exact price to be clarified by service provider.


  • Exhibition
  • Kids' exhibition
  • Information boards
  • Souvenirs
  • Site lighting
  • Viewing platform
  • Toilet

Additional services

  • Guide service available
  • Themed events


  • ISIC
  • For children
  • For students


Seminar and conference rooms

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