Excitement-filled Museum Night in the University’s Museums
On 18 May Museum Night will be celebrated again. Among other things, this means exciting activities in the university’s museums and the Botanical Garden.
The exposition of the Natural History Museum at Vanemuise Street will be closed, but all nature enthusiasts are welcome to the conference hall of the University of Tartu History Museum, where an engaging discussion entitled “Natural Science in the Night“ will begin at 8 PM. Veljo Runnel and Jaan Luig will speak about nocturnal animals.
The History Museum and the Cathedral are open from 6 PM until 11 PM. In the inspiring environment of the freshly opened exhibition entitled “The Estonian Track in Space – the Track of Space in Estonia” one can spend the night constructing UFOs and satellites. The Crazy Scientist is awaiting everyone who would like to visit his office as well, whether to make stuff or just as a visitor. Walks at the “How to Exhibit a Human Person?“ exhibition will begin at 7 PM and 9 PM, anda mixed-material model of a human being will be completed during the night as a part of the “Let’s Make a Human!” joint activity.
The Old Observatory of the University of Tartu will be open from 7 PM to 12 PM during the Museum Night. Throughout the night, guests can participate in the photo orientation contest “There are People at Toome”. Between 7 PM and 10 PM, you can play space-themed board games and construct rockets and models of solar systems. If the weather is clear enough, a nightly observation will take place from 10:30 PM to 12 PM, allowing a closer look at the Moon and Saturn. If the weather is unsuitable and cloudy, planetarium shows will be presented instead, starting at 10 PM and 11 PM.
The Botanical Garden will entice with music and walks. At 8:30 PM, there will be a walk through nocturnal colours and smells, led by Tarmo Niitla. At 9:30 PM Sven Mander will introduce exotic tropics in the twilight. At 10:30 you can enjoy violin improvisations by Indrek Kalda in the Palm House.
The Art Museum of the University of Tartu will be open from 6 PM to 11 PM. The “There Are People in the Night“ activity of Museum Night will focus on both the museum worker and the visitor. From 6 PM to 11 PM you can visit the “In the Museum There is...?!” exhibition, celebrating the 210th birthday of the museum. The exhibition will offer a glimpse into the psyche of the museum staff, as the works selected are the favourites of the employees. In addition, half-hour excursions will begin at 7 PM, 8 PM and 9 PM, where historical persons will be introduced, as reflected in the permanent exhibition.
All Museum Night events are in Estonian and free to all.