Orthodox Church Museum

Kuopio, Finland

The Orthodox Church Museum, established in Kuopio in 1957, derives from the Collection of Ancient Objects founded at the Monastery of Valamo in 1911. Most of the exhibits, which consist mainly of icons, sacred objects and liturgical textiles, are from the monasteries and congregations of Karelia: a region in southeast Finland that was partially ceded to the Soviet Union in connection with the Second World War. Objects in the museum are mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.

In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum offers yearly seasonal exhibitions. These theme-based exhibitions are aimed to introduce the variety of ecclesiastical art of eastern Christian Church. The virtual exhibition is built in accordance to the physical frames of the museum building: icons and sacred objects are displayed upstairs, liturgical textiles downstairs.

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Karjalankatu 1, Kuopio, Finland
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Founded: 1957
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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Carey Jääskeläinen (8 months ago)
Interesting place, nicely laid out. A little expencive though
Taina Tynjälä (8 months ago)
Paljon nähtävää. Ota aikaa niin ehdit lukea esineiden historian ja merkityksen
Kari Kangas (9 months ago)
Mikäli ikonit ja/tai muut kirkollisiin (ortodoksisiin) toimituksiin liittyvät esineet kiinnostavat, niin Riisassa käynti on ehdottoman kannattavaa. Museon kokoelmat ovat laajat, osa esineistöstä on satoja vuosia vanhaa ja esillepanokin on tehty huolella. Miinuksena ovat kovin pienellä tekstillä kirjoitetut ja hämärähkössä tilassa vaikeanlaisesti luettavissa olevat taustaselostukset, jotka kiinnostavuudeltaan olisivat huippuluokkaa. Suullista opastusta jäi kaipaamaan, sitä on saatavissa vain ryhmille. Infossa on erittäin ystävällinen ja auttamishaluinen palvelu. Parkkipaikkojakin löytyy - ne erityisluvalla käytettävissä olevat ovat museovieraiden käytettävissä kunhan vain hakee infosta pysäköintilapun.
albrusgher unknown (2 years ago)
Really valuable for those interested in the history and religious feelings of the country on the last centuries.
Pertti Malkki (2 years ago)
Unique exibition, very professional guides. A must do when you visit wonderful Kuopio.
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