Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku

4.4
#2 of 15 in Museums in Turku
#Ruin, #Art Museum, #Must See
Walk through the ruins of Finland's oldest city while at the same time viewing pieces of modern art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, a museum of history and contemporary art. At its inception in the 1990s, the institution was meant to host only contemporary art. However, when the builders accidentally discovered an ancient town below ground, the world received this unconventional venue. Ask for a guided tour of the site to get a comprehensive overview of the collections, or walk through the medieval cellars and eccentric exhibit halls at your own pace. You will see works by masters such as Picasso and Warhol, as well as artwork by Finnish artists of the 20th century. Put Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova at the forefront of your travel plans using our Turku trip itinerary planner.
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  • Was very interesting to see the relics of the past here. The homes as they existed 100s of years ago was insightful. Also learned how many times this town burned to the ground before they started buil...  more »
  • I love museums and art. But you will not miss anything if you miss this experience here. The rest of Europe has much better art collection.  more »
  • You find a hidden medival Turku. It is so interesting and surprising place under streets. I suggest visiting.  more »
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  • Good place to learn about the past of Turku and Finland. Plenty of affordable mementos from their shop. There is a chic coffee shop with glass floors where portions of the middle ages ruins can be seen.
  • Cosy museum with interesting archaeological section illustrating daily medieval life on Turku. Small but nice collection of modern art.
  • Nice museum highly recommended to attend. Ground floor is about old town days with various interactive stuff, 1st floor with changing guest exhibition and 2nd with own permanent gallery.
  • So interesting and a fascinating way to depict history. It was an amazing experience, most of the staff was friendly, and the gift shop was adorable. The exhibit "Bony Tales" was a definite highlight. I recommend you take a guided tour, but walking around can be a great way to spend an afternoon.
  • A combined museum of archeological findings on ancient Turku, Rettig family mansion and a collection of modern art.
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