Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, Kuopio

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The Kuopio Museum is an Art Nouveau-style museum building completed in 1907 on the edge of Snellman Park in Vahtivuori, Kuopio, Finland. The Kuopio Museum is the third oldest museum building in Finland after the Helsinki's Ateneum (1887) and the Turku's Art Museum (1904). It has national romantic features and has been inspired by Finnish castles such as St. Olaf's Castle and Vyborg Castle. The architect was J. V. Strömberg, who designed a significant part of Kuopio's public buildings at the turn of the 20th century. The building was handed over for use on July 2, 1907. The Kuopio Museum houses the Exhibition Facilities of the Kuopio Museum of Natural History and the Kuopio Museum of Cultural History. The museum is visited by an average of about 30,000 visitors a year.
The permanent attraction of the Kuopio Museum has been a restored mammoth called Häkä for the last ten years. The installation was completed in connection with the renewal of the main exhibitions of the Natural History Museum in 1999. The opening ceremony was held on 3 June 1999. The opener was Kari Häkämies, the then Minister of the Interior at the time, former Mayor of Kuopio, from whom the mammoth also got its name. Woolly mammoths are said to have once lived in the Kuopio region as well. An accurate example of the carbon monoxide mammoth has been the carcass of a well-preserved frozen mammoth found in 1799 by O. Šumahov, a local hunter and ivory collector, in the Lena River valley of Siberia. It was estimated to be about 30 years old and weighed 5,000 to 5,500 pounds. The height at the withers was over three meters. The mammoth was made by conservator and artist Eirik Granqvist.
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  • They have a renovation going on, so only a part of the museum is open. They show a part of the LEONARDO DA VINCI 3D exhibition together with the Kuopio Art Museum. Kuopio Museum will open in two...  more »
  • Kuopio Museum is located in a stunning Art Nouveau-style castle building completed in 1907 next to Snellman Park. This museum is the third oldest museum building in Finland after the Helsinki Ateneum....  more »
  • Interesting mix of local and wider information. Most things are in finish but reception has a guidebook they can give you. Worth a visit if you are in Kuopio.
  • Very nice museum. The display of stuffed Finnish animals is really good and authentic. Moose, bear, lynx, wolf and interesting birds.

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