Civil Guard and Lotta Museum

Civil Guard and Lotta Museum, Seinajoki

Civil Guard and Lotta Museum

Civil Guard and Lotta Museum
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10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 19:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland18,195 contributions
Interesting museum with enthusiastic staff
Aug 2019
This museum for voluntary national defense operates in the South Ostrobothnian Defence Corps building in the city center. The museum buildings were designed by Alvar Aalto and were built in 1924-26.

The main building holds exhibitions about defense corps, the Lotta Svärd organization and jägers, a meeting room, information desk, and museum shop.

The outbuilding presents an exhibition about Mannerheim and the Seinäjoki headquarters as well as the diverse sports activities of the defense corps.
Written 17 September 2019
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Gregory W
Calgary, Canada8 contributions
Now For Something Completely Different
Jul 2018 • Friends
This museum offers a new perspective on the difficult balancing Finland had to do in dealing with Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II.
Written 21 July 2018
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Wallriver
Seinajoki, Finland38 contributions
A remarkable piece of architecture and war history
Jun 2017 • Friends
Civil Guard and Lotta Svard Museum was designed by world famous architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). It is extraordinary that in the very same town, Seinäjoki, there are works from an artist’s early years (1924-26) as well as modern buildings, so called Aalto Center. This attraction consists of two buildings, the main house and a bit Mediterranean style back yard house. In the garden, there is also a statue of Civil Guard soldier.

This house served as Civil Guard’s Ostrobothnian region headquarter, where later Colonel Matti Laurila was its leader. The Civil Guard and Lottas were denied by Russians in the Moscow Truce in 1944. They had been too strong actors in preventing Soviet Union to conquer Finland.

After the Second World War Colonel Laurila was living in that house with her wife until his death. He had cherished the memory of the Civil Guard Headquarter as well as arcitecht Aalto’s early work. He had let make only minimal modernizations in the house, despite it was his home. Consequently, after Colonel Laurila’s passing there was a ready made museum for architecture and Civil Guards and its female part, the Lottas.

The museum represents the history of the Civil Guard and Lotta Svärd but it also tells about the War of Independence as well as the Winter War and Continuation War against the Soviet Union and the War in Lapland, against the German Army.
Written 9 December 2017
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