Aboa Vetus Ars Nova
Aboa Vetus Ars Nova
4.5
11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 18:00
Thursday
11:00 - 18:00
Friday
11:00 - 18:00
Saturday
11:00 - 18:00
Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
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The Best Museum Experience Ever! Aboa Vetus Ars Nova Museum combines history, archaeology and contemporary art with hands-on activities and professional guided tours. It is situated in Southwestern Finland, in Turku. The museum's guided tours introduce you to both the fascinating history of Turku, as well as the intriguing changing art exhibitions. In the summer season tours are included in the entrance fee, but they can also be reserved for groups throughout the year. The museum also provides a cosy cafeteria and a lovely gift shop.
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Elias
Tampere, Finland18 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This museum is definetly one of the top sights in Turku. The archaeological exhibition was extremely fascinating as we were actually inside an archaeological excavation. The exhibition had all the texts in Finnish, Swedish, and English. There were many interactive parts which really fascinate kids.

We did not visit the modern art exhibition, but we did see a glance of it and it looked like something I would recommend visiting.
Written 31 July 2023
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,248 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
This very worthwhile museum to visit near the river Aura combines two very different themes: Modern Art (Ars Nova) with mostly temporary exhibitions of a high standand and excavations from Turku's medieval times in Finland's only Archaeological Museum. It is all very well presented with information given in Finnish, Swedish and English. A gift shop and a café are to be found here as well.

Just after the entrance one is greeted by one of Niki de Saint Phalle's 'Nana's' ( for me just as at home, in Zurich's railway station). But already here one will also find a first part of the ruins from medieval Turku (Aboa Vetus - old Abo, as the town is called in Swedish). Apparently the remains of these buildings were found underground with the construction of a Modern Art Museum by the former villa (early 20th century) of the tobacco merchant Hans von Rettig.

The mostly underground stroll through the archaeological part gives plenty of short, concise information in Finnish, Swedish and English on medieval Turku, especially also about the daily life then. The temporary art exhibitions are to be found in the rooms of the villa.
Written 9 July 2023
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Knitter8
London, UK102 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
This museum shows the medieval streets below. With boards explaining the history in Finnish and English. It was interesting. The artefacts they have found were interesting too. Took us about an hour and a half. There is an art section too
Written 12 August 2022
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Lucipara
Glasgow, UK137 contributions
Jul 2022
This seems a particularly great restaurant for young (school age) children. The story of Matti who lived in the old city in the 1600s, with lots of hands on things to do for kids.
Written 3 July 2022
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Jellona
Vantaa, Finland1,489 contributions
May 2022
The museum tells you about everyday life in medieval Turku. It's a fascinating though small museum. There is also some modern art in upper floors with the same ticket for those who find it interesting.
Written 14 June 2022
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Johanna K
16 contributions
May 2022
The museum is located right in the Turku centre, very easy to reach for example by foot. The atmosphere is calm and quiet, a perfect balance to the busy city. Wonderful authentic ruins below the city, an old street is even beautifully continued outside. It is possible to buy a ticket to the whole museum or just to the archeological / art section.
Written 12 May 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
Nov 2021
This Museum of Archaeology and Contemporary Art is located right by River Aura.

You can experience the underground authentic ruins and medieval streets. On our visit, there was a funny dollhouse with mice called Mouseum. Also, there was an exhibition called Luutarha (Bony Tales) showing the bones of different animals.

On the upper floors are changing art exhibitions. On our visit, it was the exhibition 'Osmo Rauhala - Remember to forget everything'. The themes of the works include for example DNA and evolution. The exhibition was quite small and not so interesting.
Written 21 November 2021
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HubertusM
Tampere, Finland78 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Very nice place to spend time if you are interested in the history of Turku. There is also an exhibition of other artists. When we visited the museum it was an exhibition from Jorma Paranen which I enjoyed very much. I can recommend this place if you are interested in art and history.
Written 23 July 2020
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Maria A
46 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Very interesting and well made exhibition of the life in Turku during the Middle Ages. Interesting to see the artefacts and ruins of houses and read the stories about life then.
We also looked through the other exhibitions, which were both nice but the main and best part were the historical finds.
Written 18 July 2020
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Sarah W
Wellington, New Zealand22 contributions
Feb 2020
The entrance price gets you into what is essentially two different museums. The art museum portion on the upper floors had some really interesting modern pieces while the lower floor was the historical portion with ruins from medieval Turku, which was my favourite as there was a lot of information to learn and everything was well preserved and fun to explore. Would also be good for kids as there were several interactive activities as you walked around as well as a story to follow about life in Turku during this era.

This museum would be worth the price if it was just the medieval section, but to have the great art upstairs is a huge bonus.
Written 24 February 2020
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