Museums and Art Galleries (Self Guided), Turku

Turku is a charming city with a variety of attractive and unique art galleries and museums that offer an exciting cultural refreshment. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the most attractive art venues in Turku such as famous Turun Taidemuseo, fascinating Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and other modern private galleries.
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Guide Name: Museums and Art Galleries
Guide Location: Finland » Turku (See other walking tours in Turku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ett Hem Museum
  • Titanik Gallery
  • Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art
  • Art Gallery Joella
  • Turun Taidemuseo
Ett Hem Museum

1) Ett Hem Museum (must see)

Ett Hem is a great museum-house with interesting furniture items in different styles, and historical artifacts and artworks by famous painters such as Helene Schjerfbeck and Albert Edelfelt. The Ett Hem museum is ornamented in Neo-Renaissance style and offers a fabulous art collection of the well known Finnish artists of the 20th century for public viewing.
Titanik Gallery

2) Titanik Gallery

Situated in the heart of Finland’s oldest city of Turku, Titanik is a lovely art gallery that offers an exciting and refreshing cultural experience. The gallery was founded in 1988 and still attracts visitors for its wonderful, high quality, modern art exhibitions. Titanik gallery is often a starting point of Turku’s emerging talents and is a great addition to the city’s artistic scenery.
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art

3) Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (must see)

Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art or WAM for short, is an art museum dedicated especially to modern art. The museum is located on the east bank of the Aura River. The permanent exhibition is based on the art collection of City of Turku, which includes a large collection of works by Finnish artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. Temporary exhibitions focus on Finnish and international modern art.

In March 1964, the City Council of Turku approved the proposal to establish a museum dedicated to Wäinö Aaltonen, and Aaltonen himself signed an agreement donating a basic collection to the proposed museum. Construction started in October 1965. The drawings for the modernist building was made by Wäinö Aaltonen's son Matti Aaltonen and his wife Irma Aaltonen, but Wäinö Aaltonen himself also played an active part in the planning. The Museum was officially opened on 17 September 1967.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Art Gallery Joella

4) Art Gallery Joella

Conveniently situated in the city centre by the river Aura, Gallery Joella is a lovely addition to Turku's cultural landscape. Every month there is a new exhibition of visual arts here that touches the senses and raises the barrier of our perception of life to another level. This private gallery opened its doors for the first time in 1986. Since then it has been in partnership with other galleries from various cities in Finland and Sweden.
Turun Taidemuseo

5) Turun Taidemuseo (must see)

Turku Art Museum is another popular museum of Contemporary Art. The museum settled in a beautiful building that was designed by architect Professor Gustaf Nyström and opened for public viewing for the first time in 1904. The museum exhibits fabulous collections of modern art works of notable Finnish artists such as Victor Westerholm, Emil Rautala, Jussi Mäntynen, and Ilmara Kaijala.

Walking Tours in Turku, Finland

Create Your Own Walk in Turku

Create Your Own Walk in Turku

Creating your own self-guided walk in Turku is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Turku's Historical Churches

Turku's Historical Churches

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Turku Introduction Walking Tour

Turku Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Turku's Architectural Jewels

Turku's Architectural Jewels

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Turku Museums Walking Tour

Turku Museums Walking Tour

Turku’s foundation dates back to the end of the 13th century, making this important industrial and cultural seaport city the oldest in Finland. The city with the highest population in Finland until the end of the 19th century, Turku is also considered the city that has been in the heart of major historical events that influenced present-day Finland. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles