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Exhibitions and events

The exhibitions in the K.H.Renlund Museum are aimed at giving visitors a versatile image of the cultural history and art in Kokkola and Central Ostrobothnia. The museum’s own collections form the basis for the exhibitions and display material that strengthen the urban identity of the local residents in Kokkola. The K.H.Renlund Museum hosts 5–7 changing exhibitions every year, with emphasis on modern (contemporary) art and Finnish contemporary folk art (ITE). The museum’s own collections shed light on the local cultural history and art with the help of different themes and phenomena.

Artwork: Conrad Sovelius, Södra delen af Gamla Karleby Stad från öster, 1876, K.H.Renlund Museum



  • Alajärvi-based visual artist Elina Försti (b. 1971) has made her soulscape her trademark. The artist has given fresh new colours and forms to the northern landscapes with their romantic grey barns. The exhibition in the K.H.Renlund Museum showcases the artist’s most recent worksElina Försti’s paintings clearly show her textile artenom training. Evocative of woven canvases and pixelated images, the paintings offer a whole new interpretation of the countryside: the Finnish national landscape has been moved into the digital age.

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  • And the War Was Horrendous presents war-themed works from the collections of the City of Kokkola. Inspired by the 170th anniversary of the Skirmish of Halkokari, the exhibition leads the visitor into the atmosphere of warfare through interpretations stemming from different points of view. The exhibition as a whole is structured around a temporal scope from the 19th century to the present day. A voice is given to artists who served in the military, dreamed of war, or refused to take up arms. 

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  • The Roos House, Pitkänsillankatu 39, Kokkola
    Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11:00–16:00, Thu 11:00–18:00

    The Roos House was built in 1813 as a residence for merchant Andreas Roos and his family. Today, the building serves as the exhibition space for the K.H.Renlund museum. Upstairs, visitors can get a glimpse of 19th century life in Kokkola and learn about the Roos family. Another important theme in the exhibition is Karl Herman Renlund. The museum displays, for example, well-known artworks from the Golden Age of Finnish Art, donated to the museum by Renlund.

    A Glimpse into the 19th Century

    The exhibition on display on the top floor of the Roos House provides visitors with a glimpse into the glory days of Kokkola in the 19th century. Back then, the upstairs of the most prosperous building in the city was already serving as a reception and party venue. It was also the place where the Russian emperor Alexander I was greeted when he visited Kokkola in 1819.
    In contrast, the ground floor of the house was used as living quarters. It housed the trade business of Andreas Roos as well as the Roos family with all of ten children.

    Collection donated by K.H.Renlund

    Karl Herman Renlund (1850–1908), born as a seafarer’s son in Kokkola, progressed from a hardware business errand boy to a prominent businessman and gathered a sizeable fortune during his lifetime. Moreover, he held significant social positions, such as representing the bourgeoise movement of Helsinki and later of Kokkola in the legislative assembly (Diet) of Finland. Renlund was a social and culture-loving man with a wide circle of friends, including Jean Sibelius and Pekka Halonen.
    The top floor of the Roos House displays renowned artworks from the Golden Age of Finnish Art, donated to the museum by K.H.Renlund. The collection includes pieces from artists such as Beda Stjernschantz, Magnus Enckell, Pekka Halonen and Viktor Westerholm, and it also depicts the personal history of Karl Herman Renlund.

    Enquiries: Mon-fri from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tel +358447809477. On sat-sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m general questions tel +358408065165

  • Pitkänsillankatu 28, Kokkola
    Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11–16, Thu 11–18

    The Lassander House was originally built in 1748 on Kustaa Aadolfinkatu street, from where it was later moved to the Museum Quarter. The house has served as the home of, for example, the merchant families of Lassander and Ahla. Today, the Lassander House is furnished and decorated like a home of a 18th century merchant family, and it also provides an introduction to the history of trade and seafaring.

    Enquiries: Mon-fri from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tel +358447809476. On sat-sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m general questions tel +358408065164

  • Pitkänsillankatu 28, Kokkola
    Opening hours: Tue–Sun 11–16, Thu 11–18

    The exhibition Fortune Favors the Brave offers glimpses of and scenes from the colorful history of Kokkola, where the bold and resourceful residents of Kokkola play the leading roles. Narrators are newcomers and old families of Kokkola. The exhibition is built around themes that give a voice to the materials gathered from the Museum’s collections and documents: pioneers, rescuers, defenders, builders, talents and entrepreneurs. The exhibition visitors can experience views of everyday life.

    The exhibition is in Finnish and Swedish.

    Enquiries: Mon-fri from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tel +358447809476. On sat-sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m general questions tel +358408065164

    Photo: K.H.Renlund Museum, Photo Collections  

  • Elina Warsta’s exhibition From beyond the mountains, lands and seas will tour Central Ostrobothnian libraries from the 3rd of April to the 17th of November 2024.   Read more! 

  • 2024
    Between the worlds, Hanna Viitalan, K. Tschährä
    26.1.–7.4.2024 In the Shadows, Anni Laukka

    Arjen merkintöjä, Sari Koski-Vähälä
    3.2-30.4.2023 Beethovenin hevonen, Sami Funke
    14.10.2022-8.1.2023 Puu taiteessa, Tiina Laasonen, Jenni Tieaho, Hanna Vahvaselkä,
    Anniina Vainionpää and Camilla Vuorenmaa

     Satumaista! Kerttu Meriläinen silhouettes
    3.6.-31.8.2022 Isät ja pojat, Esa Riippa, Riku Riippa, Clas-Olav Slotte, Joel Slotte
    1.4. –7.5.2022 Aika juhlia, Kuvataidekoulu 40 vuotta
    11.3.-30.4.2022 Tapoja olla, Tero Annanolli, Reetta Breilin, Jenni Haili,
    Pauliina Mäkelä, Tuulia Penttilä ja Sanni Salmela
    18.6.2020-20.2.2022 Onni suosii rohkeaa

    3.6.-10.10.2021, ITE pilvessä
    4.3.-9.5.2021, Ykspihlaja project
    10.12.2020-31.1.2021, Seascapes, Kivistö & Leppisaari

    26.9.-29.11.2020, 5  MUIJAA
    11.6.-16.9.2020, Pohjoismaisen taidekoulun alumninäyttely
    13.2.-26.4.2020, ITE-taiteen juhlanäyttely
    13.2.-5.4.2020, Pehmeetä touhua
    21.11.2019-19.1.2020, 5 ÄIJÄÄ
    7.10.-26.1.2020, Dialogeja kokoelmista

    20.6.-27.10.2019, Wanted ITE
    25.4.-22.9.2019, Kesä kuvin, Museon omista kokoelmista
    21.2.-2.6.2019, Maan aika, Jyrki Portin
    24.1.-24.3.2019, Norsunluutornin purkajat, Valentina Näsi ja Seppo Kalliokoski

    15.11.2018-3.2.2019, Tarinoita Slovakiasta ja Suomesta-Ondrej Šteberl & Emma Helle
    8.10.2018-2.1.2019, Håkan Ahlnäs, Elämä
    24.5.-30.9.2018, Hepeneet, Vaatekaapin kätköistä
    15.3.-21.10.2018, ITE-Pienoismaailmat
    9.3.-15.4.2018, Rune Snellman, Morpheus – Kaksi kaupunkia

    1.12.2017–19.2.2018, Avaritia & Eppur Si Muove
    19.10.2017-18.2.2018, Transitions of energy
    12.10.-19.11.2017, Owe Åsvik, retrospektiivi
    8.6.–24.9.2017, Sään tuntu, Veikko Vionojan maalauksia
    18.5.-17.9.2017, ITEpäisyys
    2.5.-4.6. 2017, Klassikot kiertueella, Toipilas
    7.–28.4.2017, Kokkolan lasten ja nuorten kuvataidekoulu 35-juhlavuosinäyttely



The K.H.Renlund Museum offers its visitors an abundant selection of different events and experiences. These include seminars with visiting specialists as well as different family events. Many of the events have already become a part of the local traditions, in addition to which the visitors get to enjoy events and programme related to the theme of the changing exhibitions. The events hosted by the museum are always open to all free of charge.