Museokatu 3 - 4
Phone: +358 (0)6 325 3800

Ostrobothnian Museum

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 “Bring about an interest towards the cultivation of patriotism and patriotic remembrance in all social classes”. The association’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 museum’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 museum’s functions and was, to a large extent, responsible for the management of practical matters in the museum. Both the museum’s and Hedman’s own collections increased with substantial historical items and valuable works of art. This was all due to Hedman’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, Hedman’s collections belong to the city of Vaasa.

The museum’s original purpose, as the name indicates, was to document and shed light on cultures in an extensive region. The museum association managed the museum’s functions with fluctu... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The museum collections consist of:

The Karl Hedman collection
Karl Hedman´s Ceramics Collection
Ostrobothnian Museum’s Silver Collection
The Cultural History Collection
The Ostrobothnian Museum’s Numismatic Collections
Art Collections
The Textile Collection
The Natural Science Collection

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€5 / €2 concessions

Opening hours

Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 am - 5 pm

Wednesday 10 am - 8 pm

Saturday and Sunday 12 am - 5 pm

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