Angelina Pjatkovskaja

The Old Observatory

Visit Estonia’s first observatory, one of two Estonian cultural objects on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Old Observatory is in the heart of the city of Tartu – on the eastern slope of Toomemägi. 

Opening hours 

May–September  October–April 
Wed–Sun 12:00–18:00  Sat 11:00–17:00 

The museum is closed on public holidays. 

On request, you can arrange to visit the museum, with a tour guide, outside the official opening hours. In this case, tickets are double the price plus the fee for the tour guide.

Museum tickets 

The ticket provides admission to the observatory’s exhibitions. 


To celebrate the museum`s anniversary, from 1 May until the end of the year, you can visit The Tartu Old Observatory, The University of Tartu Art Museum, the University of Tartu Museum and the towers of the cathedral with a 10 € combo ticket that is valid for one month.


Adult  4 €
Discount*  3 €
Family ticket**  10 €

Combo tickets 

The combo ticket provides admission to the University of Tartu Museum, the Old Observatory and the University of Tartu Art Museum. 

  May–September October–April
Adult  10 € 10 €
Discount*  8 € 8 €
Family ticket**  25 € 25 €

Guided tours

The price for a guided tour of the Tartu Old Observatory is 40 €. Museum tickets must also be purchased for the guided tour of the building.

The price for a guided tour outside the museum (in Toome Hill) is 80 € per tour.



Discount applies to pensioners, conscripts, schoolchildren, university students, seniors, holders of international student cards (ISIC Scholar, ISIC Student) or teacher cards (ITIC Teacher) and UYTC Youth Travel Card holders. 

Family ticket applies to up to two adults with children. Free entrance for children under eight.

  • Children up to eight years old 
  • Students of the University of Tartu 
  • One teacher leading a student group 
  • One tour guide leading a tour group 
  • Those legally defined as repressed persons 
  • Students of Tartu Nature House 
  • Employees of the University of Tartu 
  • Employees of Estonian museums 
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM) card holders 
  • Disabled children (up to 16 years old) and those accompanying them 
  • Severely disabled people aged 16 years and older and one companion
  • Owners of EMÛ membership card
  • press

Journey to the space

Events in the museum

Accessibility in the Old Observatory

Where is the Old Observatory?

Päike, meie oma täht

The Sun, our own star


The Old Observatory invites you to summer solar observations!

Muuseumiöö 2023

Museum Night 2023: "Movement in the Night"