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Art Museum's administrative building Vallikraavi 14
Graphic Arts
Photo and Video
Exhibitions in the Leaning Building on Town Hall Square
Tartu, Raekoja plats 18
Phone: 744 1080
744 1920
General data
The idea to establish the Tartu Art Museum was born in the spring of 1938 at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Art Society “Pallas”. According to the initial plan, each member of the society would donate at least one of their works of art to the new museum. The project started in earnest in 1940, when an exhibition was organised from 26 February to 10 March on the premises of the Higher Art School Pallas. This occasion saw the introduction of the museum’s inaugural collection – 124 pieces in all.

The Tartu Art Museum was officially founded according to the statute of the City Council on 17 November 1940 at the address Suurturg 3 (the present Town Hall Square). The collections of the museum were moved between several buildings and evacuation sites during World War II. In November 1945, to provide a new home for the museum, work began to refurbish a former dwelling house at Vallikraavi 14, which opened its doors on 2 May 1946. At present this building houses the collections of the museum and the offices of the scientific personnel.

NB! In case you wish to borrow a piece of art it is necessary to notify the museum at least two weeks in advance!

Librarian Milvi Lankots
Vallikraavi 14
Tel: 7341 050
Usage and lending: Mon-Fri 10-15

Archive curator Reet Pulk-Piatkowska
Vallikraavi 14
Tel: 7441 920
E-mail: reetp@tartmus.ee
Available for usage on agreement with the curator
Title Unique ID Size Curator / Location
Paintings M 3782 Mare Joonsalu / Vallikraavi 14
Watercolours A 1506 Mare Joonsalu / Vallikraavi 14
Graphic Arts G 4696 Kadri Asmer / Vallikraavi 14
Drawings B 4419 Kadri Asmer / Raekoja plats 18
Sculpture S 676 Ahti Seppet / Vallikraavi 14
Anton Starkopf Collection ASM 2423 Ahti Seppet / Vallikraavi 14
Photo and Video FV 129 Peeter Talvistu / Raekoja plats 18
Applied Arts T 890 ajutiselt Mare Joonsalu / Vallikraavi 14