University of Tartu Natural History Museum

Vanemuise tänav 46, Tartu linn, Tartu

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The permanent exhibition Earth. Life. Story. includes nearly 8,000 scientific exhibit items, which tell the development story of planet Earth from the beginning of the universe until the modern day.

At the exhibition, you can explore the traces of life from millions of years ago, admire shiny minerals, watch the so-called night airport of butterflies, or track the movement of the placoderm fish from the Devonian era. You can look the first jackal caught in Estonia in the eye and experience the human body through the eyes of a reptile. Visitors will be glad to see the favourites of several generations: the elk, bison, and giraffe. We also have live animals, such as the Python Regius, a turtle, a green iguana, and many other small exotic animals.

See you at the Natural History Museum!

Times and prices
Open all year round

Tuesday–sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
Monday closed

  • Adult:


    8 €
  • Child:


    0 €
  • Family ticket:


    16 €
  • Pensioner:


    4 €
  • University student:


    4 €
  • School student:


    4 €
  • Exact price to be clarified by service provider.

Features and amenities
  • WIFI

  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

The closest bus stops are Pauluse (buses Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, and 12) and Pepleri (buses Nos. 3 and 25). You can lock your bicycle at the bicycle park in front of the building of Vanemuise 46. Cars can be parked on Vanemuise Street if there are available parking spots. Vanemuise Street is parking area B, where you have to pay for parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is free for the duration of 90 minutes, on weekends, and national holidays.

  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
Stops nearby
Bus: Pauluse, Pepleri
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If you can’t make it to zoo...

Very interesting place. I would especially recommend a guided tour. Stuffed animals may not be very lifelike, but many of these living beings would not otherwise be seen in their lifetime. Luckily we...

Derek W

Derek W

Great museum

This museum is just great to look at all the animals in glass cabinets,and other animals on blocks that are not enclosed in glass,there are other things to look at too,and it can take some time to...



Very informative museum

This museum gives very much information on natural history. It suits well to both children and adults. Lots of information about birth of the world, different ages etc. Big collection of stuffed...

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