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 collects and preserves material and visual expressions of cultural heritage within its area of focus, as well as gathering information about the natural environment of the area. The collections continue to grow according to our policy, by means of purchases and donations.
One of the museum’s most important tasks is to preserve culturally valuable objects and information about them for coming generations. Most of the museum’s artefacts, artworks and objects are kept in the museum’s storage rooms and information about them is catalogued in the museum’s electronic databases. When it comes to the usage of a museum item, artwork or object, the most important thing to know is its provenance details. The provenance of an object refers to the information available on its origins, its making and usage history, as well as information about the object’s owner.
Detailed information on each object is fed into the museum’s database, such as who donated it, its manufacturer, people who have owned and used it, and details about when and where it was made. Information about the object’s original use and stories and oral tradition connected to the object are also collected. An entry is also made in the catalogue every time the museum repairs a given object or utilizes it in some way.
When an artefact, artwork or object is catalogued, it is described, photographed and numbered. At the Ostrobothnian Museum, artefacts and photographs are catalogued in the database WebMusketti, artworks in the database Muusa, and plants in the database Kastikka. After it has been catalogued, the item is taken to the storage room where it waits to be used in research projects and exhibitions.
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.