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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
Tikanoja Art Museum
The Tikanoja Art Museum is located in the centre of Vaasa. The museum organizes exhibitions of older Finnish and international art, thematic cultural-historical exhibitions as well as changing displays of its own collections.
A pedagogical touch and museum pedagogical activities related to exhibitions play an important role at the Tikanoja Art Museum. The Tikanoja Art Museum is a vivid museum that also offers cross-disciplinary art performances.
The Tikanoja Art Museum came into being as a result of the love of art of a local businessman, Commercial Counsellor Frithjof Tikanoja (1877-1964). The Tikanoja collection includes an exceptionally remarkable section of foreign art in Finland with an emphasis on French paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
+358 40 182 8702
Vaasa City Art Gallery
Vaasa City Art Gallery is a space for changing exhibitions located on the ground floor of Vaasa City Hall. Admission to the Art Gallery is free, and it is easy to pop in while roaming about the city centre. There is a small selection of books, cards and museum shop products for sale in the lobby of the art gallery.
Each year, Vaasa City Art Gallery arranges six or seven exhibitions where new art forms or experimental art, interfaces of visual culture, design, architecture and current cultural phenomena are presented. Exhibitions based on the Vaasa City Museums’ own collections focus on themes presenting and enhancing the culture and urban identity of Vaasa.
The Photo Gallery Ibis operates in conjunction with Vaasa City Art Gallery.
+358 40 182 3839
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
Vaasa city library
The main library has subject sections:
- Children and young adults
- Countries and cultures
- Literature and languages
- Music and arts
- Science and technology
- Social sciences and economics
- Svenska handelhögsskolans collection
- Regional collection Vasaensis