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 SILVER ROOM
The Silver Room at the Museum of Ostrobothnia has over 400 pieces of silverware on display, originating from Vaasa, other parts of Finland, and Europe. Most of the silverware belongs to the Karl Hedman silver collection or the Ingwald Sourander collection.
Ingwald Sourander´s Silver Collection
Ingwald Sourander’s silver collection is an exemplary selection of Finnish silver from the 18th and 19th centuries. The largest group consists of just over 50 pieces of silverware made in Turku. The exhibition boasts a fine selection of Finnish and particularly Ostrobothnian silver. Finnish masters who for periods of time worked in St. Petersburg are also well represented. The large number of silver spoons serves as a record of Finnish master craftsmen’s marks and city marks.
For further details on Ingwald Sourander’s collection, please go to: Collections/Ingwald Sourander’s Silver Collection
Karl Hedman´s Silver Collection
Karl Hedman’s silver collection consists mainly of Ostrobothnian silverware. The oldest item is a miniature tankard, made in Oulu by Anders Bruse, who produced most of his work between 1678 and 1683. The most noteworthy items on display that originate from Vaasa are the communion chalice and paten from 1736, made by Johan Sidensnöre, as well as silverware by other Vaasa silversmiths of the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Simon Judasson Andström, Anders Tidström, Anders Gustaf Grenman and Enoch Bäckstöm.
The Hedman silver collection boasts some splendid objects, such as the silver plate made in Tallinn in the 1600s by Martin Scheffler, and the butchers’ guild’s welcoming goblet made by Elias Giers in Tallinn during the same period. The gilded baroque plates and massive tankards are also worth mentioning.
More information about Karl Hedman's silver collection can be found at: Collections/Hedman's Silver Collection
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.