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 ARCHIVE COLLECTIONS
The museum’s photograph and document archives mainly contain material from Vaasa and Ostrobothnia.
THE PHOTO ARCHIVE
The museum’s photograph collections contain approx. 200,000 photos depicting historical settings, activities and people in Vaasa and Ostrobothnia from the 1850s onwards. Amongst the older collections, those most noteworthy are Holger Nyblin’s, Karl Borlin’s and Uno Finnilä’s. Amongst the more recent collections, Agda Söderman’s and Sverre Boucht’s stand out particularly.
The archives also contain Alfred Franzén’s glass plate negatives from Swedish-speaking south Ostrobothnia, as well as an extensive portrait gallery. The most extensive industrial photo collections are the Vaasa cotton factory and Mauno Mennelin collections. A digitalization project has begun, in order to improve the search process and the accessibility of photos in the archives. The most requested Vaasa pictures are already in the photo data base, and work with new collections is in progress. Our goal is to achieve an extensive photo database which will also be accessible to the public
THE DOCUMENT ARCHIVE
The museum stores documents and archive collections, as well as writings and chronicles pertaining to the history of the museum, of Vaasa city and of Ostrobothnia. The archive also contains documents related to personal and family histories, as well as material related to businesses, schools and associations in Vaasa from the 1850s onwards.
Karl and Elin Hedman’s archive includes interesting letters which address social and cultural issues from the end of the 1800s up until around 1930. The museum archives also contain material on the guild system in Vaasa during the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as documents related to shipping and nautical education.
VISITING THE ARCHIVES
We welcome researchers and other interested parties to make use of the materials and services of the photo and document archives. Further information on archive services can be found on the website at Expert services/ archive services.
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.