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.
Research and the dissemination of knowledge connected to museum items and the collections are central to the work of the museum. Researchers strive to discover the context of a given item or artwork; that is, to place it in its social setting, its place in time and space. Both the usage of an object and how it was made are also investigated, as well as the significance the object has had on a personal or collective level. Through research into the background of objects, more information is also uncovered about individuals who were active in museum work. Information about social phenomena and about the material culture which reflects historical developments is also obtained.
Research findings are mainly used in the museum’s exhibitions and publications, but the museum’s research also furthers general historical knowledge, particularly within its own area.
A research project is currently underway at the museum on the subject of Dr. Karl Hedman and his lifework as collector and director of the Museum of Ostrobothnia during the first decades of the 1900s. A research project on Ostrobothnian folk art is also in progress at 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.