Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Turku, Finland

Aboa Vetus (Old Turku) is a museum of archaeological history. Originally, plans were for only Ars Nova, the contemporary art museum, but during its construction a number of structures and artifacts dating back to the Middle Ages were discovered, and the archaeological excavation that was commissioned eventually transformed into Aboa Vetus. The two museums were combined in 2004.

The ruins excavated in the Convent Quarter originate from the Middle Ages. In the midst of these ruins, museum visitors progress through the permanent exhibition, which focuses on the 15th century. The artefacts on display originate from the excavations carried out in the town quarter where the museum actually sits.

Reference: Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova


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Founded: ca. 15th century
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Middle Ages (Finland)


4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Kharuya (2 years ago)
Really cool and interesting ruins. wasn't too interested in the modern art section, but it was still pretty nice nevertheless. Ruins are in good condition, and you can learn interesting stuff about Turku's history there.
Asma Hinawi (3 years ago)
The place is amazing, I did not get the tour in the museum, but did visit the shop has super cute little things & gifts. The good part is that they have discounted rates for students to check the museum. And they have a super nice cafe next to it. What I loved the most the glass floor that allows you to see the water and alleys underneath the museum
Dennie Borgman (3 years ago)
A nice museum to visit with nice old objects. The way it's preserved old foundations is interesting and fun. The modern art section wasn't really my thing. Would be 5 stars if they would have added even more historical objects but I do still recommend a visit.
Jukka Sauramäki (3 years ago)
Interesting museum! I don't know about arts but archeology was very well organized. Archeologistis at yard excavations were professionals, I suppose at their work but also in marketing and customer service!
Saara K (3 years ago)
Very nice museum. Not very big. Well built and interesting exhibition. Also, nice museum shop with interesting and affordable articles.
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