Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku

4.4
#2 of 13 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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  • 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.
  • Must see in Turku. Proper combination of art and history.
  • If you like history, it's a nice place to visit. Plenty of items and other cool things to look at. I'm a bit of history buff so I spent like 2 hours just reading the all the things and looking at all the things. I didn't even get to see all of it, because I had to leave early.
  • The archeological part of the museum is great and deserves five stars and a visit on its own. The modern art section, well, there's a Warhol.
  • Medieval museum was interesting. The current art exhibition wasn't too exciting, but at least there were a few nice architectural parts of the old building to see
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