On the fourth floor of the museum is the University Treasury, where the treasures displayed speak of the university’s people, and of academic and research achievements.
The exhibition room presents a third exhibition, which was completed just before the 100th anniversary of the national university at the end of 2018.
The exhibition space is divided into five parts. The objects in the centre of the room tell stories about the university’s administrative history. Here you can find items related to the founding of the university and the people who led it. The exhibits include the previous rector’s badge of office, a silver cigarette case gifted to the rector by Alexander I of Russia, and a Tartu State University student cap with a curious accessory.
The lateral parts of the room are divided between the academic fields of the University of Tartu. The selected items tell stories about people in these fields and their research achievements. Among them are the death mask of the writer Alexander Pushkin, a 16th-century Cologne coin scale, and a brain specimen with a tumour from the collection of the neurosurgery professor Ludvig Puusepp.
The design of the University Treasury highlights precious objects with an exciting history. It is especially suitable for displaying delicate materials that are sensitive to light and humidity. On the floor are quotes from university researchers in the languages that have been studied at the university throughout the ages.
The interior was designed by KAOS Architects, who won the Cultural Endowment of Estonia annual prize for interior architecture for this work in 2013.
Light and sound
Read about the accessibility of the entire building here.
Curators: Kaija-Liisa Koovit, Leili Kriis, Lea Leppik, Sirje Sisask, Kristiina Tiideberg, Tiina Vint
Project managers: Karoliina Kalda, Mariann Raisma
Installation of exhibits: Tanel Nõmmik, Maris Tuuling
Exhibition team: Jaanika Anderson, Anne Arus, Janet Laidla, Virge Lell, Jelizaveta Pratkunas, Paula Põder, Ingrid Sahk, Piret Tamm, Aile Tammiste
Language editor: Anu Lepp
English translation: Juta Ristsoo
Translation from Latin: Kristi Viiding, Neo-Latinist
Exhibition design: KAOS Arhitektid OÜ
Graphic design: Tuumik Stuudio OÜ
Print: Salibar OÜ
Thank you: University of Tartu Library, University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, Tõravere Observatory, Võrumaa Museum, National Archives, University of Tartu Art Museum, Estonian Literary Museum, Annely Allik, Jüri Allik, Riho Altnurme, Siim Angerpikk, Toomas Asser, Peeter Burk, Raul Eamets, Tõnu Esko, Eva Liina Asu Garcia, Madeleine Ida Harke, Kristina Hermann, Raivo Jaaniso, Alar Jänes, Karin Kogermann, Gea Kääpa, Margus Lember, Katrin Lendok, Pärtel Lippus, Enn Lust, Heidi-Ingrid Maaroos, Anton Malmi, Martin Malve, Marika Mikelsaar, Lili Milani, Mari Nelis, Gunnar Nurk, Oksana Palikova, Marili Palover, Riina Rammo, Imbi Rauk, Ülle Reier, Kertu Saar, Alar Suija, Pille Taba, Moonika Teemus, Maie Toomsalu, Andres Tvauri, Eva-Kaia Vabamäe, Laura Viidik, Taiga Film, Zbanski Kino