The Kuopio Museum was established in 1907 and it is the third oldest museum in Finland. The Jugend-style building, designed by J. V. Strömberg has been influenced by Finnish castles, such as Olavinlinna and the castle of Vyborg.

There are two museums located in the building: The Kuopio Cultural History Museum and the Natural History Museum. The permanent exhibitions of the Cultural History Museum provide information on the prehistory, settlement, local livelihoods, industry and the ways of life in Northern Savo. The smoke cottage, old-style coffee shop and Savo-style rowing boat tells a story of the area's history and traditions.

The Natural History Museum displays the ecological systems of the nature in Eastern Finland. The main themes are winter and summer. The most popular showroom is the mammoth interior, which shows the nature as it was 22 000 years ago. The botanical and zoological collections belong to the the most important collections in Finland.

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Kauppakatu 23, Kuopio, Finland
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Founded: 1907
Category: Museums in Finland
Historical period: Russian Grand Duchy (Finland)

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4.1/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Jan Wakker (3 years ago)
Nice museum, now closed until 2021.
Christopher Thomas (3 years ago)
Interesting mix of local and wider information. Most things are in finish but reception has a guidebook they can give you. Worth a visit if you are in Kuopio.
Thao Pham (3 years ago)
The museum is worth a visit. The second floor looks fantastic with Nordic animals and nature. First and third are nice to see as well. Some places for children. Its suitable for a family trip. When I visited the museum, only the second floor was offered an english tour guide book. The first and the third weren't. It would have been 5* if all the foors had been in eng too.
Annika Ivarsson (3 years ago)
Very nice museum. The display of stuffed Finnish animals is really good and authentic. Moose, bear, lynx, wolf and interesting birds.
Wing Commander (3 years ago)
Nice place to look at stuffed animals from Finland and typical Finnish rooms.
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