Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum, Tartu

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The Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum, founded in 1963 and modernised in 2001, is the largest sports museum in the Baltic states. The museum is located on Rüütli street in Tartu, Estonia and the museum has a small outpost in Otepää that concentrates on the Winter sports. Before 2016, Estonian Sports and Olympic Museum was named Estonian Sports Museum.
The museum consists of exhibition rooms on three floors, historic cellar and specialized library. The permanent exposition "Hortus Athleticus" (in Estonian, Russian and English) gives a thorough overview of the development of Estonian sport. The museum contains collections of historic awards, cups and sports equipment.
The permanent exposition is divided up into eight different parts and includes a virtual Olympic tour. Estonia's first competed in the 1912 Olympic Games when the first Estonian Olympic medal, a silver, was won by the middleweight wrestler Martin Klein. The museum includes olympic medals and exhibits on notable Estonian athletes like Gerd Kanter, Erki Nool, Jaan Talts, Paul Keres and Georg Lurich including photographs of noted Estonian wrestlers. Visitors can test their strength on the tug-o-war and cycling simulators. Visitors can also have photographs taken with famous old-time strongmen.
The museum is close to the river Emajõgi, the main building of Tartu University and the botanical gardens. On the opposite side of the street is a notable secondary school (Hugo Treffner Gymnasium).
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  • The museum is super interactive and even as a foreigner very interesting and informative. Most of the information is also written in English. And the small games/things you can do triggers your inner....  more »
  • The museum is wonderful to every Estonian and also for those who are interested in Estonia or in sports and Olympics. Small nations don't have so many sports heroes as the bigger one's, but they are.....  more »
  • This place was fun for may kids (ages 8 & 11). We love museums where they can touch and play. This one had lots of fun things to try.
  • Great place to see Estonian sports memorabilia.
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