At the recently renewed Kemi Historical Museum and the Provincial Museum of the Tornio Valley, you can explore the cultural history of the region. The Pahnila Museum, The Tervola and the Keminmaa Local Arts and Crafts Museums offer additional places to learn about the cultural landscape in Sea Lapland.
Travelling on the Museum Road through the Village of Simo you see the old farms and buildings left intact from the period when the road, dating back to the 1640’s, served as the mail road on land between Finland and Sweden.
The historical centres of both the cities of Kemi and Tornio, you get best acquainted with walking through the streets surrounded by old wooden houses.
The Aine Art Museum in Tornio
The Aine Art Museum in Tornio offers both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition is composed of the collection at the Aine Pictorial Art Foundation and of the collection at the Aine Art Museum. The collection includes some of the finest art work in Finland, among others the works of Helene Schjerfbeck, Werner Holmberg, Akseli Gallen-Kallela as well as the works of more recent Finnish artists like Marika Mäkelä, Hannu Väisänen and Reijo Hukkanen. The works of Reidar Särestöniemi, Kalervo Palsa and Tuuli Mukka, represent artists right from Lapland.
Open: Tuesday to Thursday 11–18, Friday to Sunday 11–15
Closed holidays. On the evening before the holidays open until 3 p.m.
Price: 5 € (under 18s free), joint ticket with the Museum of the Tornio Valley 8 €/80 kr
Admission with Finnish Museums Association’s Museum card 0 €
Buy the Museum card from Aine Art Museum 68 €, renewing the Museum card 59 €
Visiting address: Torikatu 2, 95400 Tornio
More information: +358 (0)50 594 6868, aine.taidemuseo@tornio
Historical Museum of Kemi
Renewed permanent exhibition of Historical Museum of Kemi was opened 11.1.2015. The permanent exhibition deals with the history of Kemi and vicinity, the influence of the river and sea have played on the area's culture, livelihoods and the various branches of the forest industry.
Open: Tuesday to Friday 11-19, Saturday to Sunday 10-15
Closed on holidays. On the evening before the holidays open until 3 p.m
Price: Free entry
Address: Marina Takalonkatu 3, 94100 Kemi
More information: Sea Lapland Museums
Kemi Art Museum
There are changing exhibitions in the Art Museum of Kemi. The museum is located in the Culture Centre of Kemi.
Open: Tuesday to Friday 11–19, Saturday to Sunday 11–15
On the evening before the holidays open until 3 p.m
Price: Free entry
Pahnila Museum in Simo
The Pahnila Museum with its courtyard is the only surviving museum in its original place in the Provincial Museum District in the Valley of Tornionjoki. The museum is open on summer time when there's a guide telling stories of museum's fine objects, old-fashioned life, and chores.
Address: Palokarintie 7, 95210 Filpus
Open on summer time.
The Provincial Museum of Torne Valley
The museum showcases the history of the Torne Valley region on both sides of the Torne River. You will be able to get acquainted with the traditional sources of livelihood, food, culture, local identity and history of the cities of Tornio and Haparanda. You can also listen to recordings of the local languages and dialects. The past is brought to life by means of objects, pictures, and films.
Guidings by prior reservation.
Open: Tuesday to Thursday 11-18, Friday to Sunday 11-15
Closed on holiday. On the evening before the holidays open until 3 p.m
Price: 5 € (under 18s free), joint ticket with the Aine art museum 8 €/80 kr
Address: Torikatu 4, 95400 Tornio, Tel: +358 (0) 50 597 1559