ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The main complex of St John the Baptist’s Hospital or Alms-house was located south-east from the town wall, about half a kilometre away, where the Old Tartu Road crossed the Härjapea River. It was the former Kivisilla Suburb.
It was a neglected corner in the centre of the town up to the mid-1990s when the breakthrough of the tartu Road was started and the place began to change rather fast. When old buildings were demolished, well-preserved basements of the 13th-14th-century buildings were unearthed together with a part of the alms-house’s cemetery. In 2001 extensive archaeological excavations were made and it was decided to preserve a part of the alms-house complex that was quite rare in the North-European context. In May 2004 a pavilion was opened on the alleged site of the alms-house hospital to present a display about the history of the alms-house and Kivisilla Suburb.
In addition to the information on stands and in showcases, there is a multimedia programme with a contact screen. Slides illustrate the history of the Kivisilla Suburb.
The pavilion in the centre of the City that was designed by the architects’ bureau AD Ansambel is suitable for various exhibitions, presentations, concerts and lectures.