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Accessibility in the Tartu Cathedral

The Museum of the University of Tartu is located in Tartu Cathedral on Toomemägi. On this page you can find information about getting to the museum, moving around here and other things that affect the visitor experience.

For additional questions, please contact or +372 737 5674.

Getting to the museum

The museum is located at Toomemägi (Toome Hill), which can be reached without stairs by several uphill footpaths: 

  • Starting from behind the Town Hall building along Lossi Street, you will pass under the Angel Bridge on the way. 
  • Starting from Vallikraavi Street and continuing by Lossi Street, you will pass under the Devil’s Bridge on the way. 
  • Starting from behind the main building of the University of Tartu along a steep climb up the hill, you will pass a children’s playground to the right of the path. 

Tartu Cathedral is located at Toomemägi on a small natural elevation. Several short staircases and three footpaths lead to the elevation. One of the paths starts near Café Rotund and has a cobblestone pavement. The second path starts from the car park of the Supreme Court opposite the cathedral. The third path starts at the statue of Kristjan Jaak Peterson and makes a circle around the cathedral ruins. 

The museum entrance is on the Supreme Court side of the cathedral. The entrance is marked by flags above the museum door. 

The entrance to the cathedral has a smooth slope. There are no stairs or high thresholds. 

Since the museum does not have a car park, we recommend arriving at Toomemägi on foot, by bicycle or by public transport.  

Visitors with reduced mobility can be taken to the museum entrance by car, but the vehicle, which must leave immediately, can be parked in a public car park. Information on public parking in Tartu:

The nearest bus stops to the museum are: 

  • Näituse (500 metres, buses 3 and 21), 
  • Vallikraavi (550 metres, buses 3 and 25), 
  • Kloostri (550 metres, buses 6 and 22), 
  • Raeplats (750 metres, buses 6, 7, 13 and 21), 
  • Kesklinn (1 km, buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, 22, 25, 37). 

The museum has a bicycle rack on the Supreme Court side of the cathedral, in front of the stairs leading to the main entrance. Another bicycle rack is located in front of the university building at 36 Lossi Street.  

There is also a bicycle share station at Toomemägi. Information on bicycle sharing in Tartu and the locations of stations is available at:

Cloakroom and toilets

  • The cloakroom is located on the first floor of the museum, to the left of the entrance.  
  • To visit the museum, please leave any large bags in the lockers in the cloakroom. Ask for locker keys in the Museum Shop. You can also leave your child’s pram or pushchair in the cloakroom, or you can take it with you to the exhibition halls.  
  • Toilets are located only on the first floor of the building. Two toilets, an accessible toilet and changing tables are located in the cloakroom. There are four more toilets near the education room, signposted from the Museum Shop.  

Getting around in the museum

  • The public rooms on the first floor of the museum do not have high thresholds.  
  • The exhibitions are located on the third to the seventh floors.  
  • The White Hall venue is located on the third floor.  
  • There is a working historical elevator that can be used to reach the third, fifth and seventh floors.  
  • There is no elevator access to the University’s Treasury (fourth floor) and the Cathedral’s Chamber of Mysteries (sixth floor).  
  • There is a high threshold at the doors of the White Hall and the exhibition “The University of Our Lives”; you can ask museum staff for a ramp to cross it.  
  • See the exhibition page for information on how to get to each exhibition. 


  • There are seats in the museum lobby, Museum Shop and exhibition halls.  
  • In most cases, these are benches or chairs with backs. Some exhibition rooms have low sofas, armchairs or bean bags.  
  • See the exhibition page for information on the seating available at each exhibition.   

Light and sound

  • The size of the texts and the lighting of the exhibition hall vary according to the exhibition. 
  • There is a continuous background music in the following rooms: the lobby (birdsong), the University’s Treasury (music by Arvo Pärt), the exhibition “The University of Our Lives” (whispers and footsteps), and the Cathedral’s Chamber of Mysteries (medieval sounds, prayers and music). 
  • See the exhibition page for information on the light and sound of each exhibition. 

Guide dogs

You may take a trained guide dog to the museum with you. 

Cathedral towers

  • The entrance to the cathedral towers is towards the tennis courts from the main entrance. 
  • There is a sales kiosk in front of the entrance to the towers.  
  • There is no elevator in the towers. To get to the platforms at the top of the towers, you have to climb about a hundred steps.  
  • The passages leading to the top of the towers are of varying widths. At the narrowest point, the passage is 60 cm wide.   
  • Several stairs and platforms are made of wood, and you can see the ground between the steps or looking over the handrail.  
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