Raahe Museum, Raahe

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Raahe Museum is the oldest museum of local history and culture in Finland. The museum is located in the town of Raahe in Oulu province.
The Museum of Raahe was founded in 1862 by Carl Robert Ehrström.
From the beginning of the 20th century, the museum has been located in the old customs house, which was built in 1848 and originally acted as a place for hiring seamen during the period of sailing ships. The building has been preserved almost in its original condition.
The collection of Raahe Museum reflects the story of Raahe as a town of ship builders and seafarers.
The main collection of the museum consists of donations made in the 19th century. These include unusual natural items and other objects from foreign countries, including exotic souvenirs brought to Raahe by sailors.
The collection has since been expanded to include items of cultural history, including many relating to Raahe's history. Many of these items reflect the maritime history of the town, such as the miniature sailing boats and paintings thereof, and navigational instruments.
The collection also includes weapons, coins, textiles and toys from different eras.
RaritiesThere are several rarities among the artifacts such as the wooden sculptures which were made for the first church of Raahe in the 17th century. These colourful and unique sculptures were made by a French sculptor, Mikael Balt, who was invited to work in Raahe by the burgomaster, Henrik Corte, in 1655. They date from medieval Catholicism and mostly represent the Baroque style. Balt's sculptures in the Raahe Museum include angels, saints and many other figures and symbols from the Bible.
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  • I visited the Museum because My travel arrangements left me With a day To please myself. A very interesting hour and a half that told me everything I wanted to know about the town as history. The...  more »
  • We visited Raahe museum and liked! There you can see items from Raahe’s history, specially items of the time Raahe was really Marecity. Our teenager liked museum very much - like we, parents.  more »
  • The museum is really nice, the stuff is helpful and english friendly. Worth seeing.
  • An absolutely soulful and fascinating place. Please go there if you have a chance, and be amazed.
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