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The K.H.Renlund Museum serves as the museum with regional responsibility in Central Ostrobothnia. The museum with regional responsibility acts as the expert on cultural heritage in its operating area. The operation of the museums with regional responsibility is based on the Finnish Museums Act that entered into force in 2020.

The regional responsibilities of the K.H.Renlund Museum include the following entities: promoting regional museum operations, carrying out cultural environment work and implementing regional art museum tasks. The cultural environment tasks include advisory duties related to archaeological cultural heritage, built cultural environment and restoration work.

The operating area of the museum with regional responsibility covers Halsua, Kannus, Kaustinen, Kokkola, Lestijärvi, Perho, Toholampi and Veteli.

Artwork: Oscar Kleineh, Archipelago, 1880s, oil, 80,5 x 129 cm, K.H.Renlund Museum

  • The key task of regional museum work is to provide the local museums, communities and contact persons in Central Ostrobothnia with advice and guidance for recording and storing the material and immaterial cultural heritage. The goal is to promote the local cultural heritage and its protection in collaboration with the regional operators and to foster mutual co-operation between the local museums.

    The museum offers expert assistance with, for example, the following:
    – Preservation and restoration of museum buildings
    – Management of collections
    – Planning of exhibitions
    – Increasing awareness of museums

    The museum also monitors and steers the application process and use of the project grants issued to non-professionally managed local museums by the Finnish Heritage Agency. In addition to enabling individual museum visits, the museum organises education and development events in collaboration with cultural heritage organisations and operators as well as schools and educational institutions.

    Contact information:
    Risto Känsälä
    Curator of Regional Heritage
    +358 (0)44 780 9758

  • The K.H.Renlund Museum acts as the regional art museum in the region of Central Ostrobothnia. The museum serves different operators in Central Ostrobothnia from municipalities to associations and private individuals in issues related to arts and visual culture.

    The regional art museum’s tasks include mapping and promoting art and visual culture in the area, including art collections and public art and keeping record of local art events and the works of local artists. Moreover, the museum with regional responsibility produces services such as touring exhibitions and trainings for different target groups, and provides counselling with copyright issues, for example. Collaboration with stakeholders and municipalities is maintained through regular visits.

    The tasks of the regional art museum are implemented in collaboration with the other regional responsibilities.

  • The region of Central Ostrobothnia is rich in archaeological cultural heritage, extending from the early Stone Age to the modern times. The regional specialist in archaeological cultural heritage is the K.H.Renlund Museum. The museum attends to official duties related to archaeological cultural heritage, which means that it provides specialist statements and opinions and takes part in negotiations with the authorities. In addition, the museum promotes the popularisation and research of archaeology in collaboration with different operators. Moreover, the museum is tasked with ensuring the availability of up-to-date data on archaeological cultural heritage in a public service for cultural environments (

    What is archaeological cultural heritage?

    Archaeological cultural heritage refers to any relics, structures, deposits and discoveries preserved on land or in water, created through human activities during the prehistoric or historical periods. Stationary relics are a key part of our archaeological cultural heritage, and they are protected under the Antiquities Act. Archaeological cultural heritage also includes other structures and locations whose preservation is deemed justifiable due to their historical importance and cultural heritage values. Proposals for the preservation of such cultural heritage entities may be made through town planning, for example.

    Archaeological cultural heritage must always be considered in town planning, forest management and land use. For more information, see the page Authority work and statements.

  • The built cultural environment consists of buildings with their interior and exterior and of gardens, parks and different structures such as roads, streets and bridges. The K.H.Renlund Museum serves and guides the municipalities, communities, companies and private persons in Central Ostrobothnia with the preservation, restoration and research of the built cultural environment. The museum’s key task is to steer and promote the protection and maintenance of the built cultural environment and cultural heritage in its own region.

    The built cultural environment and landscape can be protected under the Land-Use and Building Act by means of local detailed plans, local master plans and regional land-use plans, and protective measures are also implemented under the Act on the Protection of the Built Heritage. Considering valuable built heritage sites in, for example, town planning requires an inventory prepared by a specialist with the aim of collecting, organising and producing information about the current status of the built site and of the reasons behind its current situation. The inventory allows the authorities to define the level of protection for the site either in the land-use plans or in the building protection decision and to determine ways to guarantee the preservation of the site. Enquiries related to the completed inventories can be made with the municipalities or the K.H.Renlund Museum.

    Grants for the maintenance of built cultural environment and landscape can be applied from different ministries. The K.H.Renlund Museum offers advisory services for the granting of cultural heritage renovation grants, and acts as the restoration expert in its operating area.


    Contact information:

    Advice for the conservation of the built cultural environment in the Kokkola area is provided by:
    Curator of Cultural Environment
    Jouni Mustonen
    +358 (0)44 7809 759

    Advice on the conservation of built cultural environment in the municipalities of Halsua, Kannus, Kaustinen, Lestijärvi, Perho, Toholampi and Veteli is provided by:
    Curator of Regional Heritage
    Risto Känsälä
    +358 (0)44 7809 758

    Please note! Electronic requests for a statement related to the built cultural environment can be submitted