Mänttä

Finland



Address:
Joenniemi Manor, Joenniementie 47
Mänttä
35800
Phone: +358 (0) 3 488 6802
Website: www.serlachiusartmuseum.fi

The Gösta Serlachius Museum Of Fine Arts

The Gösta Serlachius Museum of Fine Arts presents a unique collection of classics of Finnish art and old European painting. The museum is located in Mänttä, close to several cultural attractions and national parks.

The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, which owns the museum, has one of the most important collections in private ownership in the Nordic countries. It comprises classics of Finnish art and excellent examples of old European painting. The Foundation also has a considerable collection of Finnish sculpture. The Gösta Serlachius Museum of Fine Arts has its home in Joenniemi Manor on the shore of Lake Melasjärvi.


Permanent Collection

The Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation has one of the most important collections in private ownership in the Nordic countries. It comprises classics of Finnish art and excellent examples of old European painting. The Foundation also has a considerable collection of Finnish sculpture.

Gösta Serlachius himself put together the basic elements of the collection and gave it to the Foundation in 1933, when it contained about 250 works. These spanned over a century of the history of Finnish art. Anything but conservative in his choices, Gösta Serlachius fresh-mindedly collected also contemporary pieces and commissioned others from artists. As a collector of European art, he ranks as a pioneer in Finland. He continued to add to the Foundation's collection for the whole of the 1930. By the time the museum opened in 1945, the collection had grown to more than 500 pieces.

R. Erik Serlachius succeeded his father in the chair of the Foundation. During the years that he was in charge, a further 130-plus pieces were added to the collection, having been selected according to the principles established by Gösta Serlachius. The same determined acquisitions policy has continued since Gustaf Serlachius assumed the chair.

The museum's collection of works from the Golden Age of Finnish painting is one of the most unique in Finland. Among the artists whose works it includes are Albert Edelfelt, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Hugo Simberg, Helene Schjerfbeck, Eero Järnefelt, Victor Westerholm and Magnus Enckell. The sculpture collection includes works by Robert Stigell, Walter Runeberg, Emil Wikström and several other notable artists.

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Cost

Adults €6
Children (aged 4-16) €1
Group tickets €4
Pensioners €4
Students €4


Opening hours

Winter Season (September 1 - April 30):

Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Open on Wednesday from 2pm to 8pm and from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

Summer season (May 1 - August 31):

Closed on Monday.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Closed on Good Friday, Midsummer Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.


Getting there

The museum is about 3 kilometres from the centre of Mänttä in the Vilppula direction. It is well signposted on all roads leading to Mänttä. The nearest railway station is Vilppula, about 4 kilometres from the museum. The best way to get from the station to the museum is by taxi. There are also regular bus services several times a day from Tampere and Jyväskylä, stopping in the centre of Mänttä. Several natural attractions and national parks are to be found in the immediate environs of Mänttä.


Facilities

The pleasant and popular café-restaurant Autere’s Cabin is in a separate building in the grounds of the museum. The building, completed in 1928 as a residence for the estate steward, was designed by the architect W. G. Palmqvist (1882 – 1964). It derives its name from the master of Finnish wood sculpture Hannes Autere (1888 – 1967), who adorned its porch and interior with magnificent wood carvings.

The café-restaurant is open at the same times as the museum as well as by appointment.

The museum is accessible to disabled visitors.


Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Groups

Guided tours are available, in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, Italian and Russian,
charged at €40 per hour on weekdays, €60 on Sundays.

Preferably no more than 25 persons per guide.

A guided tour of the museum takes one hour. We recommend you reserve 1½-2 hours to enable visitors to see the museum shop and have a stroll in our beautiful grounds.

Guided tours should be booked at least two weeks in advance by calling +358(0)3 488 6811.


Schools

School groups led by teacher are charged at €1 per pupil, minimum €20 per group. This price includes services of guide.

Guided tours should be booked at least two weeks in advance by calling +358(0)3 488 6811.


Venue hire

Buffet lunches are served in Autere’s Cabin. Functions arranged there include family gatherings, company and association meetings and Christmas parties. The building has a cosy atmosphere and seats 50-60, in addition to 15-20 in the café and 20 on the porch. The restaurant is fully-licensed to serve alcoholic beverages and the special needs of children are catered for.

Please contact + 358(0)3 488 6816 for details.