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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Details

Founded: 1957
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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User Reviews

Daphne (2 years ago)
Amazing collection of the Finnish Orthodox heritage in Finland. I was impressed by the organization of the place which exceeded my expectations! and mostly by the historical reflection which was a very interesting part of my visit to the museum. Never miss navigating the photos and info on the smart screen there! The ticket is a bit expensive in my opinion (around 20€), but it is worth. However, I visited when all museums of Kuopio were free of charge to visit. So that was a golden opportunity!!
Mykhailo Syvorig (4 years ago)
Also history.
AJ Wellcop (4 years ago)
Really interesting. Beautiful icons and great insights into Finnish history
Tero Ronkko (Dinokkio) (4 years ago)
Must see museum in kuopio!
Nic Riosa (5 years ago)
Missed the tour but was a nice place
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