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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Address

Tornatorintie 99, Kotka, Finland
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Details

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

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Novikov Roman (2 years ago)
Wary nice museum. And it's free on wednesdays from 5 until 8 pm.
Sami Ollikainen (3 years ago)
Interesting and unique exhibition center for anyone interested in maritime history and especially about vessels from Northern Europe. Better than average lunch from the Restaurant Laakonki.
Otto Koskela (3 years ago)
The building is beautiful and modern. The exhibition is great and informative for all ages. Had a great time.
NorlandCycles (3 years ago)
Beautiful place, but more toilets would be highly appreciated
Tarmo Toikkanen (4 years ago)
Very nice maritime exhibition, and two other museums in the same building.
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