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Open Tue–Sun 10–17, Mondays closed.
Admission fees 7/5 €, under 18s free of charge.
Consulting and region of operation
The provincial museum and the National Board of Antiquities provide consulting services on the protection of the archaeological cultural heritage. See links at the bottom of the page!
The Museum of Ostrobothnia is the provincial museum for the region of Ostrobothnia. The museum's jurisdiction of archaeological responsibility includes the whole region of Ostrobothnia as well as Karijoki and Teuva. The Museum of Ostrobothnia and the National Board of Antiquities have entered a cooperation agreement on the protection of the archaeological cultural heritage. In the regions of Southern Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia the protection of historical remains falls under the jurisdiction of the National Board of Antiquities.
The boundaries of a provincial museum's region of operation are not strictly specified. Our first priority is always to protect the cultural environment. Please do not hesitate to contact your nearest provincial museum even if you should live outside the region.
Farming and forestry
In farming and forestry it is vital to ensure that the work does not endanger historical monuments and that the usage of the land is based on current information. Not all monuments are indicated on the basic and topographic maps published by the National Land Survey. Every forestry company and forest association should stay informed about local monuments and make every effort to take them into consideration in their own work. If you have queries, do not hesitate to contact us! If you are a forest owner within the jurisdiction of the Finnish Forest Centre of Coastal Finland in the south of Finland and there is no advisory service available in your area, you should also contact us. Through the process of forest certification your work may also have an effect on the work of forest owners on the Ostrobothnian coast.
Automatic protection of historical monuments
The protection of historical monuments in based on the Act of Historical Monuments 295/1963. The protection of all historical monuments is automatic, which means that all previously unknown and unregistered monuments and remains are protected by definition, which may come as a surprise. By law, all land use should be interrupted and the National Board of Antiquities contacted if there is reason to believe a historical monument has been discovered, for instance in the process of digging a ditch.
Locating historical monuments
Registered historical remains are listed on the National Board of Antiquities' website. Some areas containing historical remains have not been fully explored and can turn out to be more extensive than indicated on the map. When locating historical remains it is important to assess their size. They may consist of a single burial mound or a group of mounds. There may also be subterranean finds, including burial grounds and/or settlements. The indication on the map may mark the centre of a large historical site and not necessarily the position of a single object. For this reason, it is important to examine the surroundings carefully. The Regional Council of Ostrobothnia has published a catalogue for the regional spatial plan of Ostrobothnia. The catalogue includes all historical remains in the region which were registered by 2005 and lists the general principles of protection. Monuments and remains that have been listed as protected by the local heritage associations may be historical remains that have not yet been registered by the National Board of Antiquities.
Visiting historical monuments and looking for new sites
Do not leave anything behind when visiting a historical monument. The freedom to roam guarantees everyone the right to look for historical remains. However, the landowner's permission is required before any digging may be done. You are not allowed to dig or do any type of work that could be potentially hazardous to the remains in documented historical sites. Hiding geocaches in historical sites is also strictly forbidden.
Marking historical monuments
Marking a historical site always requires permission by the National Board of Antiquities. In general, historical remains are rarely marked out in the terrain, although there are some exceptions. These signboards carry the signature of the National Board of Antiquities and the name of the local heritage association which has placed the sign on the site. If you should come across a sign without reference to an association, please inform the provincial museum or the National Board of Antiquities of the matter.
For temporary markings of historical sites the National Board of Antiquities uses orange fibre tape with the text "”Museovirasto Lain (295/63) suojaama” (protected in accordance with the Museum Act).
A book about historical remains in Ostrobothnia, ”Fornminnen i Österbotten, från neandertalare till sockenbor”, was published in Swedish in 2005 (Holmblad, Herrgård, ISBN 952-5496-22-8).
An extended version was published in Finnish in 2013: ”Luolamiehistä talonpojiksi - Pohjanmaan muinaisuus sanoin ja kuvin” (ISBN 978-952-7005-03-3).