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 NELIN-CRONSTRÖM ART MUSEUM
The Nelin-Cronström Art Museum is located in a multistorey building from the 1930s in Rantakatu in Vaasa. The flat was previously the home of Elin Nelin (née Petander, 1900-1991), head clerk Alfred Nelin (1899-1974) and their daughter Anne-Marie Nelin (later Cronström, 1923-1994).
The museum was a donation to the Museum of Ostrobothnia in the will of Nils-Gustav Cronström (1921-2006) in 1997. Anne-Marie Cronström was killed in the Estonia disaster, and her husband wanted to make the donation in honour of her memory. He named the art collection "The memory of Anne-Marie Cronström". The museum aims at preserving the home of the Nelin-Cronströms in its original state.
The Nelin-Cronström museum was home to two generations of passionate art collectors. Elin and Alfred Nelin started collecting art in the 1920s and later also began buying antique furniture and ornaments. The walls are graced with foreign art such as graphics by Pierre Bonnard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec as well as works by well-known Finnish artists such as Maria Wiik, Pekka Halonen and Ragnar Ekelund. The museum also presents more recent Swedish and Italian art, purchased by Anne-Marie and Nils-Gustav Cronström during their travels.
Inside the museum the furniture is grouped in dining-room and drawing-room groups, the paintings and ornaments are symmetrically positioned and the colour combinations are harmoniously composed. The String shelf, a trend item of the 1950s, showcases Chinese porcelain and Danish statuettes from the 1960s and there is also a section displaying Finnish art glassware. The museum is characterized by a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Rantakatu 15 B
Open by appointment. Maximum group size 5 people. Admission fee and guided tour 60 euro in total.
Enquiries: Museum of Ostrobothnia: 06 325 3800
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.