The first museums in Finland were established at the end of the 19th century due to the inspiration caused by national awakening. In Vaasa the local initiative was made by the Ostrobothnian historical museum association, which wanted to â€śBring about an interest towards the cultivation of patriotism and patriotic remembrance in all social classesâ€ť. The associationâ€™s goal was to collect items and literary material from Ostrobothnia that would further scientific research and in time would make a permanent museum exhibition opening possible. The main focus was on collecting ancient finds, ecclesiastical items, books and writings, money and medals, costumes, furniture, household items, and items from the war.
Professor Karl Hedman is tightly linked with the Vaasa museumâ€™s functions. He was a doctor, but also an enthusiastic collector of art and antique items. He was chosen to be on the museum board of directors in 1899. He created the guidelines for the museumâ€™s functions and was, to a large extent, responsible for the management of practical matters in the museum. Both the museumâ€™s and Hedmanâ€™s own collections increased with substantial historical items and valuable works of art. This was all due to Hedmanâ€™s hobbies and his industriousness. In 1931, just before his death, he founded, together with his wife Elin Hedman, the Hedman Foundation that was to be left in charge of the estate. Today, Hedmanâ€™s collections belong to the city of Vaasa.
The museumâ€™s original purpose, as the name indicates, was to document and shed light on cultures in an extensive region. The museum association managed the museumâ€™s functions with fluctu... [ ]