The cultural heritage of Kokkola is displayed in the K. H. Renlund Museum. It is located in the former school built in 1696. It is one of the oldest wooden buildings in Finland.
Alongside exhibitions, the museum offers an extensive range of educational programmes encompassing a wide audience. The courtyard in the Museum Quarter is an oasis during the summer, a pleasant place where you can sit and enjoy refreshments in historical surroundings before or after a tour of the museum. Many diverse exhibitions are to be found at Roos House, Pedagogy, Lassander House and Exhibition Hall. Visits to Drake House, the private residence of Fredrik and Anna Drake now a museum open to the public, and Leo Torppa’s Camera Collection can be visited by appointment.
Reference: The city of Kokkola
Sirmione castle was built near the end of the 12th century as part of a defensive network surrounding Verona. The castle was maintained and extended first as part of the Veronese protection against their rivals in Milan and later under the control of the Venetian inland empire. The massive fortress is totally surrounded by water and has an inner porch which houses a Roman and Medieval lapidary. From the drawbridge, a staircase leads to the walkways above the walls, providing a marvellous view of the harbour that once sheltered the Scaliger fleet. The doors were fitted with a variety of locking systems, including a drawbridge for horses, carriages and pedestrians, a metal grate and, more recently, double hinged doors. Venice conquered Sirmione in 1405, immediately adopting provisions to render the fortress even more secure, fortifying its outer walls and widening the harbour.
Thanks to its strategical geographical location as a border outpost, Sirmione became a crucial defence and control garrison for the ruling nobles, retaining this function until the 16th century, when its role was taken up by Peschiera del Garda.