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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
The Museum of Old Vaasa
The Museum of Old Vaasa is located in the Wasastjerna House, in the city quarter known as Old Vaasa. You can learn about the history of Vaasa before the fire of 1852, which destroyed most of the city as it was then.
The museum’s ticket sales desk offers a small selection of cards, historically-themed museum shop items and books. The vaulted storage room on the ground floor functions as a café, Falander’s Cellar, which during the summer serves coffee, tea and soft drinks.
+358 6 325 3800
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
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
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”.
Makers’ Gallery is a contemporary art gallery founded in Vaasa in 2020. Our first exhibition opened on September 1, 2020. The gallery shows both Finnish and international visual art. We are constantly looking for new artists from Ostrobothnia and throughout Finland. We collaborate with the artist residence Vanha Paukku in Lapua, and also organize an annual exhibition that is curated by a well-known cultural figure.
We also organize other activities in the gallery, such as croquis drawing and other cultural events. The gallery space can be rented for various events.
+358 6 723 4298
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 50 382 8771, +358 50 575 9489
Photo Gallery IBIS
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
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
The House of Crafts Loftet
In the House of Crafts, Österbottens Hantverk rf, Taito Shop Loftet and the Loftet restaurant operate. The purpose of Österbottens Hantverk is to support and promote the Ostrobothnian craft culture, which can be seen in the exhibitions, which are usually changed every month. The exhibitions are related to crafts, art and design. The large hall in the lower floor serves as an exhibition space, a beautiful room in old style where the restaurant’s guests can enjoy good food while they take part of the current exhibition.
The House of Crafts Loftet is located in central Vaasa in one of the city’s oldest wooden houses. The house was designed by urban planner Carl Axel Setterberg and was built in the 1860s.
+358 6 318 5300
Vaasa Car and Engine Museum
In the Vaasa Car and Engine Museum are displayed vehicles from each decade of the 20th century. Come and get acquainted with the widest collection of old and a little newer cars in Vaasa. On display are also a wide selection of products from engine factories in Vaasa as well as some theme exhibitions.
The Vaasa Car and Engine Museum opened its doors in 1981. There are motors and cars in the museum all the way from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. The history of traffic and vehicles is displayed in the museum with the help of renovated cars and other vehicles. Among these can be mentioned the horse-drawn ambulance dating back to 1909.
There are also several fire trucks and other fire fighting equipment on view, and let’s not forget the bicycle. The vast collection of bicycles in the museum offers the visitor the possibility to get acquainted with the trajectory of this vehicle. In addition there are some soapbox cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles and mopeds in the collection.
+358 44 569 2690
Vaasa Museum of Labour
Vaasa Museum of Labour opened in 1991. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum arranges special exhibitions on a particular theme twice a year. The main purpose of the museum is to develop it into a diverse information centre for working class traditions. The museum also provides tailor made study visits for schools.
+358 6 321 5805
Vaasa War Veteran Museum
In the exhibition you can familiarize yourself with Finland’s war history all the way from the time of the Russian rule to the end of the Lapland war.
In addition to the basic exhibition the Vaasa War Veteran Museum annually organizes one or two special exhibitions. The museum’s permanent exhibition displays with numerous items soldier and war history from the last two centuries.
+358 6 312 9894
The Vähäkyrö Museum is situated in an old loan magazine on the brink of the Kyrö river. The exhibition recounts life in the old times, and it has been divided into various themes, for instance the birth of children, spiritual life, agriculture and wartime. The entrepreunership of the Vähäkyrö people can be seen in the collections, and the museum also offers an extensive view on the history of Vähäkyrö.
The items in the museum depict the everyday life of peasants in the days of the past. There are fishing instruments, sleighs, agriculture and platers’ tools. An especially interesting collection displays possibly the oldest midwife’s equipment in Finland, and birth in the old time is represented in the exhibition. The exhibition is supplemented by a nurse’s uniform from the 1950s, by rattles, children’s books and cradles. Wash basins, which were included in the maternity package, were for a long time manufactured in Vähäkyrö. The first midwife of the region, Hilja Solkela, worked in Vähäkyrö in 1927-1958.
Wasa Graffitilandia is an exhibition with a focus on street art in Vaasa. In addition to graffiti and mural paintings, UV art and various installations are also displayed. Graffitilandia also has a shop with merchandise and spray cans, as well as an open painting wall for everyone. Many artists, both from Finland and abroad, have participated in the creation of Graffitilandia, including Bates and 1UP.
By bringing graffiti to galleries, those who don’t understand them are encouraged to pause and view them differently even on the streets. After a tour of the exhibition, many start to ponder aloud how it is possible to achieve such results with a spray can, and eventually realize that it’s not about vandalism but rather an art form that requires practice and technique.
Our exhibition is a tribute to graffiti and its creators and aims to correct the negative reputation associated with graffiti.