Turku Museums Walking Tour, Turku (Self Guided)

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: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: sabrina
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Forum Marinum

8) Forum Marinum (must see)

Forum Marinum is a nautical theme museum settled inside the walls of the old granary and not coincidently, set up by the riverfront. Packed with interactive, multimedia screens, this modern museum offers an exciting walk into the world of ships and shipping. Along with beautiful scale models, visitors can see original-sized vessels, World War II bombs and torpedoes. Forum Marinum’s exhibits cover a long history of Finnish seafaring from the Vikings war and fishing boats to luxurious cruise-liners.

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 Walking Tour in Turku

Cultural Walking Tour in Turku

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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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
Daily Life in Turku

Daily Life in Turku

As the oldest city in Finland, Turku is a fantastic tourist destination with a number of glorious attractions, museums, galleries and other fascinating things to see and do. However, there are plenty of hidden local places that can tell their own story about this charming city. The following tour will help you discover Turku’s vibrant daily life spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Religious Tour in Turku

Religious Tour in Turku

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
Architectural Tour in Turku

Architectural Tour in Turku

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
Turku Art Walking Tour

Turku Art Walking Tour

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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Turku for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Turku has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Turku, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.