OSTROBOTHNIAN MUSEUM Museokatu 3, 65100 Vaasa | Tel. +358 6 325 3800 Open Tue–Sun 10–17, Mondays closed. Admission fees 7/5 €, under 18s free of charge.
THE OSTROBOTHNIAN MUSEUM
The Ostrobothnian Museum is maintained by the City of Vaasa, and besides being the city’s historical museum, it also serves as a provincial museum, regional art museum and a museum of natural science. The museum fulfils its mandate in compliance with the Museums Act and works under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Ostrobothnian Museum is one of a number of museums being run nationwide under the coordination and direction of the National Board of Antiquities.
The work of the Ostrobothnian Museum spans the fields of cultural history, art and natural sciences. Each field is catered for by its own department. The museum is run by a museum director and there is a curator at the head of each department. There are also researchers, amanuenses and conservation specialists at the museum, working in various different fields.
The museum is officially a part of the education sector in Vaasa and overseen by the director of education. The local museum committee, which is appointed by the city council, is in charge of the administration of the museum.
The Ostrobothnian Museum comprises four different facilities. The main building is located in the centre of Vaasa, at Museokatu 3. The three other centres are Vaasa Art Hall in Senaatinkatu 1, the Nelin-Cronström Art Museum in Rantakatu 15, and the Museum of Old Vaasa in Kauppiaankatu 10. The museum’s office, study rooms, library and archives are located close to the main museum building, at Koulukatu 2, in the former residence of the provincial governor. In Hallsten House at Pikkukatu 1, there are conservation rooms and additional offices. For further information on the museum facilities please go to Museum facilities.
The museum was established in 1895 and was initially run by Ostrobothnia’s Historical Museum Association. The City of Vaasa has been in charge of the museum since 1990. For further information on the history of the museum please go to History of the Museum.
THE MUSEUM SHOP AND CAFÉ NOVA The museum’s publications, as well as literature and postcards, Ostrobothnian craft and design products are available for purchase at the museum shop. In the café there is a wide selection of coffees, as well as soft drinks, confectionary, cakes and pastries. The museum shop and Café Nova are open during the museum's opening hours.