Turku Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Turku

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 Turku’s most exciting museums that depict the country’s and city’s glorious, historical past.
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Turku Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Turku Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: Finland » Turku (See other walking tours in Turku)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sibelius Museum
  • Cathedral Museum
  • Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
  • Luostarinmäki Handicraft Museum
  • The Biological Museum
  • Pharmacy Museum
  • Kui Design
Sibelius Museum

1) Sibelius Museum (must see)

Sibelius Museum is settled in a landmark 1960s building and is one of the largest museums of musical instruments in Finland today. The museum exhibits an amazing collection of about 1800 instruments from around the world. The museum also features extensive memorabilia of the well-known Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.
Cathedral Museum

2) Cathedral Museum (must see)

Settled in the south gallery of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Museum is a fantastic opportunity to travel back in time to the 14th century. Visitors can see models and objects that are showing different stages of the Cathedral construction, as well as Medieval sculptures of saints, holy vessels, textiles, silver artifacts and various valuable religious paraphernalia.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3) Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova (must see)

Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova is a museum in central Turku. The museum is housed in a building known as the Rettig palace, originally built in 1928. Aboa Vetus displays portions of the city dating back to medieval times, while Ars Nova is a museum of contemporary art.

The museum was first opened in 1995 as two independent museums. Originally, plans were for only Ars Nova, the contemporary art museum, but during its construction a number of structures and artifacts dating back to the Middle Ages were discovered, and the archaeological excavation that was commissioned eventually transformed into Aboa Vetus. The two museums were combined in 2004 and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is now among the most popular tourist venues in the entire region of Finland Proper.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Luostarinmäki Handicraft Museum

4) Luostarinmäki Handicraft Museum (must see)

Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum is an open air museum. The museum consists of 18 blocks of original 18th century – early 19th century buildings on their original location.

The area of the museum was the only old residential area left in 1940, when the museum was opened. The location was the largest area to completely survive the Great Fire of Turku. Contemporary handicraft items are presented. The museum received the Golden Apple international tourism award as the only site in Scandinavia in 1984.

Opening hours:

20.4.2019 - 2.6.2019: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
3.6.2019 - 1.9.2019: Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
2.9.2019 - 15.9.2019: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
30.11.2019 - 6.1.2020: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Biological Museum

5) The Biological Museum (must see)

Founded in 1907, the Biological Museum is a museum of natural history. In this lovely museum, visitors can see fascinating exhibitions of animals and plants that live and grow in Finland and that are beautifully displayed in thirteen thematically-arranged viewing areas. The museum welcomes school groups as well as university students and provides educational activities.
Pharmacy Museum

6) Pharmacy Museum (must see)

The Pharmacy Museum is settled in the Qwensel House, the oldest bourgeois house in Turku, built in 1700. In the 19th century, there was a pharmacy in the shop wing of the house. The pharmacy museum has herb and material rooms and an office area that includes Finland's oldest pharmacy and two laboratories. The museum exhibits fascinating Åke Lydman's collections of pharmacy tools. A pharmaceutical research laboratory and exhibition of history of medicine-making can also be found here.
Kui Design

7) Kui Design

Kui Design is a unique accessories and textiles shop situated on the bank of Aura River. The shop offers an exclusive collection of hand-made products of different, good quality materials and colours made by young, local designers. Here visitors can buy attractive bags and pouches made from ecological cotton, gift packages, accessories and other interesting items suitable both for gift ideas or daily use.

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.
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Turku has a vibrant cultural life expressed in several theaters, cinemas, a number of exciting galleries and the city philharmonic orchestra. Turku’s popular annual events such as Medieval Market, Turku Music Festival and “Christmas Peace” transform the look of the city and offer a lot of entertainment. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Turku’s most visited cultural venues.

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

Turku's Architectural Jewels

The oldest city in Finland, Turku has numerous, attractive old buildings that catch the eye and leave you with a great memory of your stay in this charming city. Each of the prominent landmark constructions of Turku tells its own story. Take the following walking tour to discover the architectural jewels of Turku.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Turku's Historical Churches

Turku's Historical Churches

The first capital city of Finland, Turku has always been an important religious centre of the country. 13th century Turku Cathedral is the city’s religious center piece and the seat of the Archbishop of Finland. Take this self-guided walking tour to visit Turku’s most celebrated places of worship.

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

Turku Introduction Walking Tour

The city of Turku is a home to a number of lovely tourist attractions and landmarks fit to make anyone's visit to the city a pleasant holiday experience. This tour will take you to some of the most prominent sights of Turku.

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