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.
HISTORY OF THE COLLECTIONS
The Museum of Ostrobothnia collects examples of material and visual expressions of cultural and natural heritage in Ostrobothnia and in the City of Vaasa. The work of collecting is guided by the museum's collection policy. The museum also accepts donated items and works of art, provided they fulfill the criteria of the collection policy. For further information, please go to donations.
Cultural heritage is a limitless concept, which can include everything from simple everyday objects to impressive ornaments and great works of art. It is possible for an object to be very valuable from a museum and cultural history perspective, without being particularly old or economically valuable. What is important from a museum perspective is that the item can reveal something about its time, its environment and its social context.
Traditionally, museums have collected large amounts of objects from pre-industrial rural societies. In recent years, museums have increased their focus on contemporary society, documenting its various expressions and phenomena. Collection policy has been directed towards industrial products, and museums tend more and more to function as part of a network, which shares the responsibility for collection projects.
The museum value of an object increases significantly if its provenance and context are known, that is, if it is known who has owned the item and how it has been used. The more information that is available about the object, the more it can reveal about its time and history, which means the museum can also better make use of it in its exhibitions, publications and research work.
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.