Maritime Centre Vellamo

Kotka, Finland

Maritime Centre Vellamo is a unique building in Finland with a wave-like roof. It houses the Maritime Museum of Finland, Museum of Kymenlaakso and Information Centre Vellamo.

The Maritime Museum of Finland is a national maritime museum operating under the National Board of Antiquities and the Ministry of Education, destined to record the history of seafaring in Finland and to convey related information. The Maritime Museum collects and preserves items, photographs, archival material and literature pertaining to seafaring and boating.
In its main exhibition “North Star, Southern Cross”, the Maritime Museum of Finland tells about the history of seafaring in Finland, focusing on issues such as life of seafarers, development of ships, maritime trade, and travelling by sea. The main exhibition also covers the speciality of Northern seafaring, winter shipping and ice.

The Museum of Kymeenlaakso records, studies, preserves and presents the cultural legacy of Kotka and the entire region of Kymenlaakso. The foremost themes of the main exhibition Flow are efficiency as well as the relationship between an individual and the community. These themes are approached from a number of angles, and the topics covered include perception of time, significance of money, boundaries and crossing them, beauty, immortality, work and having fun.

There’s also an icebreaker Tarmo located outside the Vellamo. Built in 1907, it’s one of the oldest still surviving icebreakers in the world.

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Tornatorintie 99, Kotka, Finland
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Details

Founded: 2008
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Paul J (13 months ago)
Lots of things to see and do. Friendly staff. Interesting building with lots of information in different languages (Finnish, Swedish, English, and Russian). Quite a big space so takes a bit of time to go through it all.
Riku Hero (14 months ago)
Went here to see couple of exhibitions regarding history and stuff. I liked how they have used lights and sounds to generate mood. There was this one 3d map thing that they projected some lights and video on, that was really informative and impressive to me. It was part of the Ruotsinsalmi war exhibition. Good museuming!
Sasa Stosic (14 months ago)
Nice museum and restaurant. It's worth seeing
András Tánczos (15 months ago)
Very nice museum, which mostly has marine related exhibition. Although I would be interested to see more technical details of the boats. I liked the industrial glass design and the interactive battle history part very much.
Tero Leppänen (2 years ago)
Value for the money. Very good place.
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