Prison Museum

Hämeenlinna, Finland

The prison museum introduces to the visitors the history of correctional treatment in Finland and the prison life in the past and these days. The most valuable item is the museum building itself with its authentic premises that have been maintained in their original condition since the time when the building still functioned as a prison. The building and the exhibition consist of three floors.

The prison museum functions in the former premises of the provincial prison of Häme. When the building was finished in 1871, it was the first prison in Finland with cells, and it was used until the 1993. The museum was opened to the public in June, 1997. The building was designed by the architect L. I. Lindqvist. The museum features a permanent exhibition and changing exhibitions. For more details, take a look at the museum's calendar of events. Special exhibition: elementary studies in prison. In this exhibition, you can find answers to questions about how and why reading, writing and basic mathematics were taught in prisons. Paid guided tours available only if booked in advance.

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Founded: 1871
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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Hilary P (7 months ago)
Some marvelous town history of Hameenlinna, video stories, artifacts and some modern art upstairs.
Marina (16 months ago)
Great exhibition about 60s! I liked the video about history of the city!
Colin B (18 months ago)
A real gem in the centre of Hämeenlinna, great large screen film showing the history of the town, and upstairs currently a "swinging 60's" exhibition, everything well displayed and presented, staff very knowledgeable.
Antti Helin (3 years ago)
Fun little museum, but not much to see. Exhibit texts are predominantly only in Finnish. I'd only recommend with Museokortti.
María Andrea Cruz Blandón (3 years ago)
Staff was very friendly and helpful.
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