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The University of Tartu Art Museum

Category Museums, Tourism objects
Ülikooli 18, Tartu linn, Tartumaa, 50090
Coordinates 58.380920, 26.720440
GPS: 58° 22' 51" N, 26° 43' 14" E
Phone (+372) 737 5384
E-mail kunstimuuseum@ut.ee
Website http://www.kunstimuuseum.ut.ee/

The University of Tartu Art Museum is one of the oldest museum in Estonia being founded in 1803. The Museum was established in the University in order to illustrate lectures and develop the students' taste for art.
The Museum as founded by its first director, Prof Karl Morgenstern (1770-1852), had a wide variety of collections, mirroring the principles of the Enlightenment and displaying various forms of art and the art of different countries. In the middle of the 19th century, the Museum was renamed the Museum of Classical Antiquities with its emphasis only on ancient art. The Museum was opened to the general public outside the academic circles in 1862 and thereby acquired a greater significance. The Museum moved to its present location in the left wing of the University Main Building in 1868.
Since 1998, the Museum bears its former name – The University of Tartu Art Museum, and in addition to ancient art, visitors can have a look at exhibitions displaying other collections of the Museum and contemporary Estonian art.

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