The city of Tampere not only stands out for its countless forests and the lakes that surround it. Another aspect in which Tampere excels is in the number of museums that the city houses, some of them unique in the world.
In this article, we are going to introduce you to the best museums you can visit in Tampere. There are museums for all tastes. Read on and find out!
Vapriikki Museum Centre
The Vapriikki Museum Centre is located inside the premises of the old Tampella factory next to the Tammerkoski rapids. The center offers things to see and do for the whole family.
The museum hosts around a dozen exhibit each year. Its themes are varied and include natural sciences, technology, and history.
In addition to these exhibitions, Vapriikki has some permanent museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Finnish Ice Hockey Museum, the Postal Museum, and the Mineral Museum.
The museum has a restaurant where you can stop to rest and eat, and a shop where you can buy souvenirs from one of the exhibits.
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas is located in the Finlayson cotton mill area, very close to the Tampella mill and the Tammerkoski rapids.
This museum specializes in social history, more specifically in the history of work and workers. Inside, you will find a large number of exhibitions and activities to learn about the past and present of the Finnish industry.
This is a very interesting visit, as you will be able to see the interior of the historic Finlayson factory, as well as see some of the original steam engines that were used there.
Entry to the Werstas Museum is free every day of the year.
The Lenin Museum is a museum dedicated to the figure of Vladimir Lenin. It presents the shared history between the countries of Finland and Russia. The museum is located inside the Tampere Workers’ Hall.
Visitors can discover some events of great importance to the history of the country, such as the Russian Revolution, the founding and fall of the Soviet Union, the independence of Finland from Russia, and the Second World War.
The Spy Museum is a museum dedicated to international espionage. This was founded in 1998, which makes it the first spy museum in the world. In addition, together with the German Espionage Museum, they are the only museums dedicated to this subject in Europe.
In the Spy Museum, you will find stories about the most important spies in history and the narration of some historical events in which they participated, original technical equipment, and explanations about different espionage techniques, some of them little known.
In addition, the museum has some activities with which you can put yourself in the shoes of a spy. You can take the agent test to find out which intelligence service you should belong to based on your skills. You can also try some of the artifacts on display, such as mini infrared cameras or voice modulators, and experiment with invisible ink techniques and opening safes.
Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing
The Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing displays the workers’ houses of the Amuri district.
Open only during the summer, the museum tells various stories about the lifestyle of the people who lived there. You will be able to discover the daily life of the Tampere workers from the 19th century to the 1970s.
Café Amurin Helmi is located in the area and is open throughout the year. The cafe follows the theme of the time, so we recommend you visit it and try its breakfasts and homemade rolls.
Tampere Art Museum
The Tampere Art Museum presents works and themes related to the history of art and contemporary art, both Finnish and international.
The museum’s collection has some 14,000 works, making it the second-largest collection in Finland. Most of these collections include Finnish artistic works from the early 19th century.
The Museum of Art also stands out for hosting the event in which the best young artist of the year is recognized.
The Moomin Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the famous characters of Tove Jansson.
In the museum, you can meet all the characters, learn more about the artist and see some original illustrations.
If you want to know more about this museum and what you will find in it, you can read our article in which we talk in-depth about it and everything it houses.
These are some of the most recommended museums that you should visit in Tampere. If it has helped you, you can share the article using the icons that you will find just below. In addition, you can use the comments section to ask any questions related to any of these museums.
Cover image: © Visit Tampere Ltd – Laura Vanzo