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Black Wall Gallery
Black Wall Gallery is a non-profit gallery upheld by Vaasa Artists’ Guild. It is located near the centre of Vaasa, in the idyllic old military barracks area. Contemporary art by domestic and foreign artists is shown in the gallery, with an exhibition cycle of four weeks.
The gallery space is 70 sq.m. One of the walls consists mainly of windows with black curtains, and the room can be completely darkened. The gallery walls and ceiling are painted black, with a grey floor.
+358 40 679 3771
Brage Open Air Museum
Brage Open Air Museum with its beautiful surroundings lies within walking distance of the centre of Vaasa.
The Museum consists of a complete nineteenth-century farm with interesting buildings and interiors from the Swedish-speaking part of Ostrobotnia. Permanent exhibitions include the decorated Wedding Room, the Girls clothing Loft with colourful textiles and the Seel Hunting Museum. There is a model of a stone labyrinth on the area.
+358 44 012 7166
City train Lilliputti
Take a ride on board the Lilliputti City Train – an easy way to get to know Vaasa. During the period mid June to mid August the train makes daily tours in Vaasa. Download the timetable as PDF here.
You can also book the train for you own group, please e-mail email@example.com and ask for an offer!
+358 20 796 1300
Finland’s Library Museum
Finland’s first library was established in Vaasa already in 1794. The Library Museum provides a versatile picture of the history of the library with the help of artefacts, books and pictures. Historical book collections share the space with the museum’s alternating exhibitions.
The roots of Finland’s first library are in the Waasa Reading Library (Waasan Lukukirjasto), which was established by some members of the Vaasa court of appeal in 1794 for “their own amusement and to pass the time”. Other citizens were also allowed to use the library for a small fee. The library had a wide collection of books and maps as well as portraits and copper drawings. It is not likely, that the art items were lent, but the beginning of an art rental shop of a sorts was, however, there. The Reading Library operated until 1845, when the censorship regulations of the Russian rule forced it to close its doors. There are 30 works in the museum today, which remain from the original Reading Library.
After the Reading Library closed down the citizens of Vaasa were left without a library for five years. Lecturer Oskar Rancken stepped up, and the new library operated until the beginning of the 20th century. In the attic of the Palosaari library was discovered in the 1930s a collection of preserved tomes from the library in question. The tomes were bound in black leather backs, and therefore the collection has received the nickname “The Black Library”.
Kids love moving, climbing and bouncing. At HopLop, your imagination whispers kids for adventure, and the successes of the experience increase your mouths to your ears. At HopLop, you will have fun moments from the family’s joyful playtime to a memorable birthday party.
+358 10 837 3017
The church was buit in 1964 and it was designed by Aarno Ruusuvuori.
Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art
From Vaasa market square, it is only a short walk to the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, which is in a beautiful spot by the sea in the Inner Harbour. The museum was named after art collector Consul Simo Kuntsi (1913–1984), and the art collection of the foundation established by him is considered one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Finland. Donations and deposits, such as Lars Swanljung’s (b. 1944) collection of contemporary art, consolidate the importance of Vaasa in the art world.
The exhibition activities of the museum are based on changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary art as well as on displays of the museum’s own art collections. The exhibitions at the Kuntsi museum are in-depth analyses of phenomena in contemporary art and topical issues providing substance for identity building and understanding the phenomena of our time.
The facilities at Kuntsi offer excellent scope for organizing various events. Cross-disciplinary art performances and events, in particular, in collaboration with the third sector and special groups of the public, are frequently organised.
+358 40 183 0440
Maritime museum of Vaasa
Vaasa used to be an important shipping company and maritime city. In the Vaasa Maritime Museum are displayed local maritime traditions from the shipbuilding of the 19th century to the present day luxury yachts. Various fascinating objects, scale models, shipwrecks and photographs give a glimpse of the life of old time seafarers.
The Vaasa Maritime Museum is located on the shore of the Palosaari strait. The strait was for over 150 years the outport of Vaasa and the centre of shipbuilding. In the 19th century and early 20th century the shore was bordered with the shops and magazines of traders, and the museum is situated in one of these old salt magazines. Ship-owner Wolff had a salt magazine constructed in the middle of the 19th century and the building has been well preserved thanks to the conserving effect of salt. There are four original harbour magazines on the area altogether, one of which probably dates back to the late 18th century and has been relocated on the area from Old Vaasa.
+358 6 312 0511, +358 40 096 6000
Meteoria Söderfjärden is a unique visiting centre in the middle of the most beautiful meteorite crater in Finland
- An advanced exhibition telling a long story of at least 520 million years of Söderfjärden
– from an impact crater to the agricultural and Natura 2000 area of today
- A well-equipped astronomical observatory with a telescope for studies of celestial bodies millions of light years out into the universe
- A bird-watching tower in the middle of the most important resting area for cranes in Finland
- A cafeteria in an old treshing barn
- A model of our solar system, a model of the crater an a timeline of earths history: TellusTimeLine
- An energy cellar – own production of renewable energy: solar and wind
- An exhibition with unique meteorites and an exhibition with old farming machinery
The exhibition is open for individuals and small groups during the opening hours. An exhibition tour on other hours than the usual opening hours, can easily be arranged for bigger groups simply by booking online.
A certified crater guide is always present on normal opening hours and other hours, if booked in advance.
The bird watching tower and the exhibition outside the building is available free of charge, every hour per day and every day per year.
- An advanced exhibition telling a long story of at least 520 million years of Söderfjärden
The history of Vaasa can be traced to the early 14th century when sailors from Norrland landed on a forested island at the site of Old Vaasa. In the 1370’s Korsholm Castle was already being built on the spot. After the last ice age the land has been continuously rising in these parts of Finland. At the time Korsholm Castle was built, the area between Old Vaasa and the present town was under water and the coastline was further inland compared to the current one. Even as late as 170 years ago ships sailed to Vaasa along the channel that now, almost filled in, meanders across fields.
On a hot August morning in 1852 a disastrous fire broke out in Vaasa. The houses had either thatch or bark roofs and buildings were separated only by narrow gaps. By nightfall the flourishing town had turned into smoking ruins.
Vaasa was rebuilt some seven kilometers closer to the coast. The relocation provided better prospects for trade and a better harbour as well as a safer and more modern town plan. The legal town status of Vaasa was moved to new Vaasa in 1862.
The Ortodox Church of Vaasa was built in 1862 and consecrated 21.9.1866. The church is built as a Byzantine Gothic cruciform church. Open: 1.7.-31.7.2014 Mon-Fri 12-16 and when services. Other times according to agreement, tel. 050 467 8217.
+358 20 610 0495
The museum is located in Marianpuisto Park, which is about a 15-minute walk from Vaasa Market Square. The museum was established in 1895 and it functions as the historical museum of the City of Vaasa and as a museum of natural science for Ostrobothnia. The museum focuses mainly on cultural history, art and natural science.
Between three and five changing exhibitions are held annually. In addition to the temporary exhibitions, there are three permanent collection exhibitions corresponding to the museum’s main areas of focus. The Hedman Floor houses antiques and works of art, Vaasa 400 – which is a city history exhibition – and the Terranova exhibition, which informs the visitor about the natural environment in the Kvarken region and the World Heritage Site. The museum offers enjoyable experiences for visitors of all ages as well as information and ideas for teaching cultural history, local history, natural science and art.
The museum’s main collaborators are Ostrobothnia’s Historical Museum Association, the Hedman Foundation, the Vaasa Art Association, the Ostrobothnia Australis Association and the Gröndahl Brothers’ Foundation.
+358 6 325 3800
Jugend style church built in 1910 from drawings by A.W. Stenfors.
+358 6 326 1464
Parks in Vaasa
Vaasa has more than 150 hectares of parks
Parks are a central part of the cityscape in Vaasa. New and old, small or large – you will certainly find the places that are right for you among our parks. Enjoy a well-kept environment and admire the wide variety of vegetation growing there.
For example, the historic, lush and well-kept parks create interesting routes for visits and recreation by the city waterfront area. The proximity to the sea gives the landscape its unique appearance and forms a strong picture of life in Vaasa.
Parks provide visitors with opportunities for recreation, well-being, mobility, social gatherings and events – while at the same time allowing visitors to simply sit still and enjoy the nature if they choose. Parks are great meeting places, where you can do things alone or with others.
Photo Gallery IBIS
The Plater museum is closed for the moment, due to relocation. The museum will open again in 2020.
The Vähäkyrö plater tradition reaches far back in history and is widely known in Ostrobothnia. The old artisan traditions come alive in the Plater Museum. Here the visitor gets to see, how and with what kind of tools tin plate artefacts are made. With a little bit of luck, you can also see a genuine plater in his work.
The Vähäkyrö plater tradition extends all the way to the 18th century. The plater craft came to Finland from Germany in the beginning of the 18th century, soon after large tin pits had been discovered in England. In the parish of Vähäkyrö were 35 platers in the 1890s, and a few decades later there were already 100 of them. Most of them were crofters or farm labourers, who were tired of agricultural work. Still in the 1950s at least one railroad car loaded full of plater products left from the Tervajoki station every week.
+358 6 325 8400
Strömsö is known as the recording venue for the popular TV show Strömsö, a Lifestyle program that deals with things that you do at home or at your leisure time. The first program was broadcast in 2002 and ever since its inception, it has been at the top of Svenska Yle’s most viewed program, so millions of Finns know this environment. The program is also broadcast in Sweden via SVT. The recording site is located in the district of Västervik, about 10 kilometres from the centre of Vaasa.
Strömsö is also the name of the building where the program is recorded. The building, built in the 1850s, is beautifully situated in a park, and in the area there are various projects that were made in the TV program.
You can on your own visit and walk around the area. There is also a well-visited beach and a nice lawn for picnics or sunbathing.
If you want to go inside the buildings, this is possible during one of the guided walks in July.
Wooden church built in 1929 from drawings by Oskar Berg.
+358 6 326 1211
Terranova is the name of the museum’s permanent natural science exhibition. Terranova is Latin for ‘new land’. In the Kvarken region the ´new´ land rises from the sea at a rate of 9 mm per year. Terranova was opened in 2002 in cooperation with the Ostrobothnian Museum, the Finnish Forest and Park Service Metsähallitus and the Ostrobothnia Australis Association.
Terranova presents nature in the Kvarken and Vaasa region from the Ice Age until the present day. Visitors can wonder at the land uplift phenomenon and its consequences, admire the beautiful Kvarken Archipelago and its fauna with all their senses. They can pat a ringed seal or touch rock that is billions of years old, dive beneath the surface in a virtual aquarium and watch nature films in the auditorium.
Terranova is also privileged to present a unique natural heritage site: The Kvarken Archipelago was entered in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2006 – the only natural site in Finland to be included so far. Together with the High Coast of Sweden, it forms a natural heritage site. The area was given the status of world heritage because post-glacial rebound is more visible here than anywhere else in the world. More information about the High Coast and the Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage is available at www.merenkurkku.fi and www.naturumhogakusten.se.
+358 6 325 3800