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The Art Museum is actually a museum of archeology. The objects on display are mostly copies of famous ancient Greek and Roman art works, especially sculptures. The collection was originally assembled to teach students of archeology, art history and art about ancient art and give them models for their own work. Temporary exhibitions present other fields of art.
Nowadays university students buy a cheap ticket for a low cost carrier and fly over to Rome, Athens, Paris, London to see the originals. The collection of casts is visited by school classes for educational purposes.
The place claims to be Estonia's oldest museum. It was founded in 1803, thus has been open to visitors for more than 200 years. From today's point of view, its greatest treasure is the 19th century interior with wall paintings in Pompeian stlye.
The art museum also does the tours to the student lock-up and round the main university building including the aula.
Directions: The museum is located on the ground floor of the left side wing in the main university building.
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