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K.H. Renlund museum – Museum with regional responsibility
K.H.Renlund Museum in the city centre offers free of charge experiences of art and town history. Welcome to Kokkola to enjoy art and history!

This rich cultural heritage of Kokkola is displayed in the K.H.Renlund Museum. Alongside exhibitions, the museum offers an extensive range of educational programmes for visitors of all ages. 

We celebrate the 400 years of Kokkola by voicing personal stories in a historical setting. Business and culture were in bloom in the city of tar merchants, ship-owners and craftsmen. The city fostered pioneers and bold entrepreneurs of their time, among them experts, builders and defenders, as well as observers and hedonists. We give them a voice to tell their stories about life in Kokkola over centuries.

The courtyard of 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. A wide range of exhibitions can be admired at the Roos House, the Pedagogy, the Lassander House and the Exhibition Hall. Visits to the Drake House and to see Leo Torppa's Camera Collection can be arranged by appointment. Karl Herman Renlund (1850-1908) donated his large art collection to the town of Kokkola. The collection of about 40 works from the Golden Age of Finnish Art can be seen at the Roos House (1813), which also houses some of the museum's temporary exhibitions and the museum shop. Photographer Leo Torppa's camera collection is on display in the salt storehouse. The Museum quarter: The Pedagogy, a schoolhouse built in 1696, is the oldest non-ecclesiastical wooden building in an urban setting in Finland. The Lassander House offers a glimpse into ban setting in Finland. The Lassander House (1748) offers a glimpse into a merchant’s home in the 18th century. In the Exhibition Hall Modern folk art and international Outsider art from private and the ITE Contemporary Folk Art Museum collections are currently displayed in cooperation with the Union for Rural Culture and Education.

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11-18, Thu 11-18.
Guide services call +358 44 7809 477.
The Roos House: Pitkänsillankatu 39, Tel. +358 40 8065 165, +358 44 7809 477.
The Museum Block: Pitkänsillankatu 28, Tel. +358 40 8065 164, +358 44 7809 477.

The Home of Fredrik and Anna Drake
In the middle of Old Town of Kokkola is the home of Fredrik and Anna Drake. Four generations of the artisan family Drake lived in this house, which is built in the 1830's. Its contents include items spanning from late 18th century to late 20th century, for example Objects d'Art, handicrafts and a library of over 3000 books.

Läntinen Kirkkokatu 20, Tel. +358 44 7809 477. Open by appointment.

Kieppi - Museum of Natural History
Kieppi Collections: Veikko Salkio's Natural History Collection. Viljo Nissinen's Mineral Collection. Armas Järvelä's Butterfly Collection. The Kokkola Museum of Natural History is an excellent place to visit, especially with children! Veikko Salkio (1912-2006) wanted to promote nature conservation and environmental education. Salkio's Natural History Collection consists of almost all Finnish mammals and about 230 different bird species, deer and bovid antlers and skulls, fossils etc. Viljo Nissinen's (1914-2000) goal was to get an as complete collection as possible. The beauty and flawlessness of a specimen was very important to him. The collection consists of over 1400 mineral specimens organized according to their chemical classification and crystal structure. Armas Järvelä's (1918-2002) Butterfly Collection consists of over 30 000 specimens, including almost all butterfly species encountered in Finland. The butterflies displayed in Kieppi are divided into different themes due to the large number of specimens: Papilionoidea, hawk moths and nightjars, common moths and leaf roller moths, owlet moths and geometer moths. 

THE MUSEUM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED!
Pitkänsillankatu 26, Tel. +358 40 8065 155. Free entry.

The Kaarlela Museum of Local History and Culture
The Kaarlela Museum of Local History and Culture is situated in Kirkonmäki in Kokkola, and it presents local Finnish rural culture from the 19th century. You can sense the old 19th century atmosphere while walking the courtyard. The courtyard houses a stable, workshop and forge, a smoke sauna, drying barn, windmill and various outbuildings. The Kaarlela Vicarage was built in 1736-1737 by Karl Gustav Werander, who was the local vicar at the time. The most famous vicar who lived in the vicarage was Anders Chydenius. The stone church of Kaarlela has been a landmark since 1550. The church is a popular venue for weddings and concerts. The church is also one of the notable churches situated near major roads, which are marked on maps as sights. 

Kirkkopolku 4, Tel. +358 44 7809 578. Open during the summer. 

The Lohtaja Heritage Museum
The oldest building in the museum area in Lohtaja was built in 1698 and is located next to the Lohtaja church yard. The items displayed in the main building date mainly back to the 19th century and collected from the Lohtaja area. A meadow, barn, a sauna, a windmill and other objects can also be seen here. You can also acquaint yourselves with the red soldier's cottage that presents the life of a tenement solider and his family during the reign of the Swedish Empire. 

Open during the summer. 
Lohtajan Kirkkotie 2 C, Lohtaja. Tel. +358 40 7809 474.

The Kälviä Museum of Local History and Culture
The Kälviä Museum of Local History and Culture is located approximately 1,5 kilometers from Kälviä towards Ullava. The Museum building is a red painted log house that was originally built in Tuunala, a bit further up the road, in 1845. The building was used as the office building for the sergeant major of the Osterbothnian infantry regiments Lohtaja Company.

Ullavantie 350, 68300 Kälviä

The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum
The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum is interesting and fun for visitors of all ages. In our museum you can get acquainted with the rural life in Central Ostrobothnia in the 20th century. Come and visit our extensive museum village and its animal park. Have a cup of coffee in the old farmhouse. Visit also the souvenir shop. Come and visit our extensive museum village and its animal park. Have a cup of coffee in the old farmhouse. Visit also the souvenir shop. The Peasant Museum consists of 50 separate buildings and about 20 000 museum pieces and the Animal Park has over 25 different species and all in all close to 200 animals for the whole family to enjoy. 

Eläinpuistontie 2 (by the highway 8, app.10 km north of Kokkola), Kälviä.

Tel. +358 45 2362 433, +358 500 666 535.

The Öja Fishing Museum and the Öja Museum of Local History and Culture
The Öja Fishing Museum gives you the chance to get to know to local history of fishing. Multiple boatsheds, a smoke sauna, Alina's cottage and storage sheds for fish-traps and salt tells a story about simpler time of fisherman. The Öja Museum of Local History and Culture represents the life of the farming community in the 19th century and displays various types of agricultural equipment.

The Öja Fishing Museum is open by appointment.
Bodö, 68550 Öja Tel. +358 44 780 9474.


Veikko Vionoja's summer home
The Vionoja summer home is nowadays called Taide Vionoja. The house, Korpela, was built in the 18th century in Veteli, but it was later moved to Perho and in the beginning of the 1970s to its current location in Ullava. Veikko Vionoja's artwork is displayed in most Finnish art museums and several collections, the largest being K.H. Renlund's collection in Kokkola, Jouko Tissari's collection at the University of Jyväskylä and the Vionoja Foundations collection. His works of art are on display in several foreign art museums and public collections. An art exhibition celebrating Veikko Vionoja, one of the best known Finnish painters of the 20th century. In the café of the historic Korpelantupa. Open by appointment. 
Haapalantie 121, FI-68380 Yli-Ullava
taide.vionoja@vionoja.fi or eskon.puumerkki@kotinet.com
Tel. +358 40 5831 482
www.vionoja.fi

The Ohtakari Fishing Museum
One could say that the Ohtakari Fishing Village as a whole creates an open-air museum. The island has a group of red fishing cabins and grey outbuildings that create together this idyllic and unique village. The old fishing cabins are nowadays used as summer cottages and most of them are traditionally restored or renovated. The Fishing Museum is an important part of the area and it gives you the chance to get to know local history of seal hunting and seafaring.

Open by appointment. 
Ohtakari, 68230 Lohtaja, Tel +358 50 5454 023.

Kokkola Fire Museum
The history of firefighting in Kokkola. Kokkola Fire Museum Exhibition includes tools and equipment used by firefighters.
THE MUSEUM IS CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC.

Ventuksentie 84
palomuseo@kaarlelanvpk.net

The Printing House Museum
The Printing House Museum (Välikankaan kirjapainomuseo) offers a tour to traditional printing house methods from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1960s. Museum is open based on a agreement.

Tullikamarinkatu 3, Tel. +358 40 5162 311.

Other sights:

The Stone Church of Ylisokoja
The Stone Church of Ylisokoja is the smallest stone church in Finland. It, and Nygrans's estate locate 12 km from Kokkola city at Village of Ylisokoja. Charming courtyard and old buildings take their travellers back to 19th century. Church is a miniature of medieval church of Pyhtää, built in 1460. The Stone Church of Ylisokoja is open for visitors and it serves as a church. At the courtyard there is also Noa's Ark and multiple statues.

Yli-Sokojantie 225, 67500 Kokkola. Tel +358 40 593 0112. leena.harjunpaa@lapideus.fi

English boathouse and gunboat
During the Crimean War English navy destroyed Ostrobothnian coastal cities docks and storage areas. With magistrate Anders Donners initiative Kokkola decided to defence themselves. In the summer of 1854 during the skirmish of Halkokari, a gunboat was captured with its crew. The captured gunboat with its battle damage still visible is on display in the ‘English Park’ in Kokkola. The gunboat, as we know, is the only gunboat in the world which is captured from English royals in the battle. 



K.H.Renlund museum - Roos House
K.H.Renlund museum - Roos House

K.H.Renlund museum - Pedagogy
K.H.Renlund museum - Pedagogy

Kieppi - Museum of Natural History
Kieppi - Museum of Natural History

The Kaarlela Museum of Local History and Culture
The Kaarlela Museum of Local History and Culture

The stone church of Kaarlela
The stone church of Kaarlela

The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasants Museum
The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum

Veikko Vionojan näyttely: Juhannusyö Haapamaassa, Veikko Vionoja
Veikko Vionoja Exibitions: Juhannusyö Haapamaassa, Veikko Vionoja
Ylisokojan kivikirkko
A small stone church in Ylisokoja










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