Tartu Old Observatory

Tartu Old Observatory, which used to be one of the world's most important centres of astronomy, is a pearl among the Estonian research facilities. In 2005, its Struve Geodetic Arc was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Here, you can enjoy a comprehensive permanent exhibition about the research of astronomy and space, admire the world's best telescope and the Arabic Globe, count the falling meteors, and learn about the constellations.

In clear weather, we also organise fascinating observation evenings. Additionally, we have educational programmes for children.

The Old Observatory is a branch of the University of Tartu Museum. 

Bring your family and friends and come visit us!

Tartu Old Observatory, which used to be one of the world's most important centres of astronomy, is a pearl among the Estonian research facilities. In 2005, its Struve Geodetic Arc was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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  • Nice building and history

    Unfortunately we did not have time to go inside but the guide said that the view from up the tower is excellent. She did relate the history to us and we just walked pass the building. Hope to return...

  • 2005 UNESCO Struve Geodetic Arc-Old Dorpat Observatory.

    We climbed up Toome Hill to visit this historic site where German-born Russian scientist Friedrich von Struve worked from 1816-1855 to establish the exact size and shape of the earth. I was exposed...

  • wish I'd had more time

    I had to do a very quick walk-through of the museum since I arrived shortly before closing on a Friday and the museum was closed for holidays during the rest of my stay in Tartu. Even such quick...


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