The Old Observartory was built at the beginning of the 19th century according to design by the university's architect, Johann Wilhelm Krause. The astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, who was then head of the observatory, is known for his research on double stars and his pioneering measurements of interstellar distance. At Struve's instigation, the observatory acquired a Fraunhofer refractor, one of the largest telescopes at the time.
Nowadays, the Old Observatory is a modern museum and centre for school astronomy on Toome Hill. Historically, the Observatory was the gem of Estonian science and one of the most important centres of astronomy in the world.
- Visit our rich permanent exhibition on astronomy and the history of astronomy. Discover the world’s best telescope and a rare Arabic celestial globe, count the falling meteorites within a minute and learn to know the constellations of the Northern Hemisphere.
- Book an educational programme or thematic birthday party.
- Take part in planetarium shows, lectures, observation nights and other fun events.
- Rent rooms for special occasions.
Opening hours: May–September Tue–Sun 10:00–18:00, October–April Wed–Sun 11:00–17:00
E-mail: tahetorn [ät] ut.ee
Web page: www.tahetorn.ut.ee/en
Address: Lossi 40, Tartu 51003