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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
Bergö Local Museum
The sexton farm (Klockargården) was built in 1856 by the village farmers as residence for the parish sexton Johan Erik Munch.
The residence was donated to Bergö Antiquarian Society on august 7th 1942. The residence has since then been a local museum and is operated by Bergö Antiquarian Society.
+358 400 165 685
Björkö Local Museum (Mårtes)
Mårtes was built in 1844 and today houses a museum. When visiting Mårtes, you will be able to see some of the oldest Björkö-cupboards decorated with ornate floral motifs, the first village radio, and old textiles, but also more modern items that represent how this home has changed with time. The museum area also contains the Motor Museum, the Soldier’s Cabin, and the Carding and Spinning Mill, as well as our exhibitions about the Defence Corps, the School in Björkö, and 19th century clothing.
The museum is open during the summer season.
+358 50 53 22 470
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
Brinken Local Museum
The Orregården farm house in the village Malax (1879) and its restored garden (as it was in the 1930s) form a unique milieu with all the farm’s objects preserved in their original surroundings. The other 20 buildings are moved to the open-air museum.
+358 50 036 2278
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”.
Finland’s Youth Association Museum
Step inside the Youth Association Museum. In the Youth Association Museum the visitor can get acquainted with the exciting and eventful history of our organization spanning 135 years. How did we become us? We have gathered a basic collection around thematic entities, that each recount our history.
Fänrik Ståhls Centre
+358 50 343 2642
Granösund Fishing Village Museum
The Granösund Fiskeläge (Fishing Village Museum) provides a view of life in the coastal region of Ostrobothnia, in the days when the majority of the population still depended upon fishing, seal hunting, farming and handicraft for its livelyhood.
+358 44 726 5165
Harrström old fishing harbour
Hägglund’s Photography Museum
Hägglund’s Photography Museum was inaugurated in 2000, and it is founded upon photographer Erik Hägglund’s studio. The wide collection of cameras and the studio’s equipment illustrate the history of photography from the 1910s to the present day.
Erik Hägglund from Rökiö was interested in art already at an early age, and he travelled to Sweden to work as the apprentice of a painter. There he was employed in a studio and his interest in photography was aroused. When he returned to his home region, he established a modest studio in a stave shed in 1910. He constructed his first atelier camera himself and also painted the shooting background himself. Those are both displayed in the replica of the workshop built inside the museum.
Isokyrö Homestead museum
In the Isokyrö Museum can be seen peasant artefacts from the latter half of the 19th century. Everyday utensils are displayed as if the people of the house had just gone to their work outside and left the house for the day. The visitor rather steps into a genuine 19th century milieu than an exhibition.
The museum is characterized by two traditional 1½-storey Ostrobothnian houses. They are grouped with the outbuildings in a way typical for a traditional courtyard. The main building, the Piuhola house, dates back to 1768 and has been moved to the area from the Kuivila village. The buildings represent the building traditions of the 18th and 19th century. The artefacts in the museum also originate from that period.
+358 6 471 3084, +358 400 947 275
Isokyrö War Museum
In the Isokyrö War Museum are displayed objects and stories from all the wars waged by Finland. The specialty of the museum is the cannon park, where there are nine different kinds of cannons on view.
In the War Museum one can with the help of items and guidance get acquainted with the Gudgel War (a peasant uprising in the kingdom of Sweden in the part that is now Finland), the Hakkapeliittas (Finnish light cavalryman), the Carolinians, the Finnish War in 1808-1809, the First World War, the Civil War in 1918, and the Second World War in 1939-1945. In the vitrines are exposed soldiers’ uniforms and helmets, rifles and other equipment. One can see in the museum men’s attires from the period of the Gudgel War, a file soldier with his wife, an ensign’s uniform from the year 1918, a festive uniform of a lieutenant colonel and the uniform belonging to a member of the Lotta Svärd organization during the Second World War.
One of the museum’s pearls is a park with nine different kinds of modern era cannons. Here you can see for example an infantry cannon dating back to 1936, a field cannon dating back to 1938 and other cannons from Russia, Finland, Switzerland and Sweden. A Russian horse-drawn field cannon from the year 1902 is one of the oldest weapons in the park. The cannons are no longer in working order, as they have been defused.
The Kimo Ironworks is the only ironworks museum in Ostrobothnia. The three hundred years old art of forgery is being taught here by one generation to the next with the help of courses and all-day presentations. In the beautiful leafy landscape of dams, rapids and bridges one can explore epochs in history among the 18th century buildings, such as an ironworks estate, a steeple and the ruins of a tilt smithy.
The museum is located in an iron magazine dating back to 1763. On display there are scale models of the 18th century Kimo ironworks and hammer smithy, atmospheric pictures depicting work on the ironworks, and diverse items and tools associated with processing of iron, such as a smith’s diploma from the Bergskollegiet school in Stockholm, and tomb crosses forged by smiths, including also their own ones.
+358 40 045 5080