UMAC Conference Post-Conference Excursion in Tartu

September 9-11, 2017

Excursion fee: 80 EUR


The programme may be subject to minor changes.

Saturday, September 9

The excursion will start in Tallinn. Please, arrange your trip from Helsinki to Tallinn by yourself. We advise to get ferry tickets from the online ticket reservation system at

11:00 The group will meet at Tallinn Port (participants will be informed about the exact place) for the drive to Tartu by bus. The distance between Tallinn and Tartu is 185 km. On the road we will make a stop for coffee and sandwiches at Põhjaka manor (

14:30 Arrival in hotels in Tartu, free time.

16:00-19:00 Guided tour of the old town of Tartu and the Historic Ensemble of the University of Tartu that has been awarded the European Heritage Label. We will visit the Botanical Gardens, the Main Building of the University and the University Art Museum, the Old Observatory of Tartu. The tour will end with a glass of wine at the observatory.

The Botanical Gardens exhibit over 8,000 plant species and varieties in the picturesque park and greenhouses. For information about the Botanical Gardens, see here.

The University of Tartu Art Museum is located in the University Main Building. It retains the Pompeiian style interior designed for the museum in 1868. The University of Tartu was founded in 1632. Today it is a public research university with 13,000 students. For information about the Art Museum see here and about the University here.

The Old Observatory is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Struve Geodetic Arc. For information about the Observatory, see here.

Sunday, September 10

10:00-11:15 Visit to the University of Tartu Natural History Museum, guided by the museum staff.

The Natural History Museum of the University of Tartu is the oldest museum of Estonia founded in 1803. The museum has a new permanent exhibition opened in 2016 – ca 8000 exhibits, mostly from collections of geology and zoology. The new exhibition has won the 2016 Estonian Design Award in the category Best Exhibition and the national prize for science communication. For information about the Natural History Museum, see here.

11:30-12:30 Visit to the University Museum, guided by the museum staff.

The University of Tartu Museum is situated in the historical University Library that was built in the ruins of the medieval Dome Cathedral in the beginning of the 19th century. The museum holds a rich collection of scientific instruments from the 19th and 20th century. The exhibitions are about the history of the Dome Cathedral and the history of science. For information about the University of Tartu Museum, see here.

13:00-14:00 Optional boat trip by a barge "Jõmmu" on the River Emajõgi that flows through Tartu. The boat trip will be made if there is at least 10 participants. The price 24 EUR per person will be paid at the place.

Barges were wooden trading vessels that sailed Estonian inland waters from the 14th century until the middle of the 20th century. Not a single historical barge is preserved. The barge "Jõmmu" is a reconstruction which was made using archaic building methods. For more information about the barge, see here.

14:15-15:30 Lunch at the Estonian National Museum by participants’ own expence.

15:30-18:30 visit to the exhibitions of the Estonian National Museum, including a guided tour by a museum staff member.

The Estonian National Museum was founded in 1909 and has now received a permanent home in a new building completed in 2016. The building and exhibition have won several international and Estonian prizes. The museum has an exhibition space of 6,000 square metres. Permanent exhibitions are about the history of everyday life in Estonia and the culture of Finno-Ugric peoples. For information about the Estonian National Museum, see here.

19:00 Optional dinner at the Restaurant Umb Roht (
Places will be reserved for those who wish to participate. Food and drinks will be ordered from the menue and will be paid by participants at the place.

Monday, September 11

Participants return from Tartu on their own.

Tartu has good connections to Tallinn.

There are buses also to Riga and St. Petersburg. Tartu has flight connection to Helsinki. For more information about travel options, see

The organizers are happy to advise you should you need any help.


Excursion fee: 80 EUR

The fee includes:

• Bus trip from Tallinn to Tartu, coffee and sandwiches at Põhjaka manor on the road.

• Guided tour of the old city of Tartu, including the Botanical Gardens, University Main Building and Art Museum, Old Tartu Observatory, a glass of wine in the end of the tour at the Observatory. 

• Guided visits to the University of Tartu Natural History Museum and the University Museum.

• For ICOM members guided visit to the Estonian National Museum (for non-ICOM members the entrance fee is 10 EUR). Transport to the Estonian National Museum from the city centre by taxy. 

• VAT 20%

The fee does not include:

• Accommodation.

• Meals (except coffee and sandwiches on the way to Tartu on September 9).

• For non-ICOM members entrance fee to the Estonian National Museum (10 EUR can be paid at the place).

• Return trip from Tartu.

• Bank fees: if you pay by credit card, a 2.5% bank charge will be added; if you pay by bank transfer, you should also pay the relevant transfer fee.

Fees of optional events to be paid at the place:

10 EUR entrance fee to the Estonian National Museum for partipants who are not ICOM members.

24 EUR boat trip by the river barge "Jõmmu".

Dinner in the Restaurant Umb Roht  on September 10. The price is individual according to the odered menue.

Deadline for registration: August 31, 2017.
Registration is complete upon payment of the excursion fee.
If you wish to register later, please send an e-mail to the organizers.

If you cancel your registration before August 31, 2017, the excursion fee (80 EUR) will be returned. For cancelling, please send an e-mail to the organizers.


You can pay bank transfer or credit card.
If you choose to pay by bank transfer, our system will send a message with the bank transaction details to your e-mail address.
If you choose to pay by credit card, we will send the corresponding invoice to your e-mail address after a successful credit card transaction. The participation fee does not include bank transfer charges which must be paid by the participant.
For registration and payment, please fill in the form and follow the instructions for payment:



Accommodation is not included in the excursion fee. Participants have to book, and pay for, their accommodation in Tartu themselves.

Rooms at special rates are prebooked in selected hotels in the city centre.
For reservations, please, contact the hotel of your preference by e-mail and refer to "UMAC Conference". All prices are per one night.

Hotel Antonius

Superior single: 77 EUR
Superior double: 91 EUR

Deluxe single: 97 EUR
Deluxe double: 112 EUR

The deadline for reservations is July 30, 2017. After this date, the hotel is subject to availability.
Cancellation of reservations – in accordance with the hotel’s cancellation policy.

Hotel Lydia

Classic single: 92.25 EUR
Classic twin/double: 115,50 EUR

The deadline for reservations is August 6, 2017. After this date, the hotel is subject to availability.
Cancellation of reservations – in accordance with the hotel’s cancellation policy.

Hotel Tartu

Single: 40 EUR
Double: 57 EUR

The hotel is subject to availability.


Museum visits and suggested hotels on the map of Tartu:

History of Tartu see
Tartu as a tourist site
The University of Tartu


The post-conference tour of the 17th Annual UMAC Conference is organized by the museums of the University of Tartu. Should you have any questions and suggestions about the excursion to Tartu, please contact:

Reet Mägi
Head of the Deparment of Exhibitions and Education
University of Tartu Natural History Museum
phone: +372 504 0826

The 17th UMAC Annual Conference in Helsinki and Jyväskyla, Finland: