Permanent exhibition

The Old Logging Site

The old logging site exhibition takes the visitor to the old time logging sites and timber floating routes – to the golden age of buck saws, lumberjacks and the Finnhorses. The exhibition displays lots of articles, photographs and film materials related to the logging sites and timber floating operations. They all portray the long history of Finnish forest work and timber floating, as well as that way of life, work and people, in a fine and vivid way. Would you happen to know what a withe, log pontoon or capstan was used for? Or what in turn brush side piers or side piers were?

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These you must see at the Old Logging Site exhibition!

Sprinkler sled

A horse-drawn sprinkler sled was used to freeze the main haul roads primarily at the old logging sites in Eastern and Northern Finland. They used a wooden piston pump to pump up the water from a hole in the ice on a lake or river. It took about 5 minutes to pump approximately 1.5 cubic metres of water. This amount would provide enough water to freeze over about 1-1.5 kilometres of a main haul road.

Miniature of floating

Large scale timber floating started at the end of the 19th century in Finland with the intense growth of the forestry industry. The golden age of timber floating lasted until the 1950s. The labour-intensive timber floating in smaller streams came to an end first, and gradually all floating in small waterways ceased, as well. The miniature depicts timber floating at Lake Saimaa in the 1930s.

Winch boat

A winch boat was used in timber floating for moving the timber raft. An anchor with a long cable was thrown in the lake or sometimes to the shore, and the boat was rowed towards the timber raft while uncoiling the cable. The boat was then attached to the boom of the raft, and the anchor cable was spooled back onto the winch drum by hand, thereby moving the boat and the raft in the desired direction.

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Bioenergy and Innovations

The Bioenergy exhibition introduces wood-based forms of energy, from traditional heating methods to wood pellets and liquid fuels. The exhibition displaying innovative products...

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The Century of Forest Improvements

An immense amount of work to enhance silviculture was done in Finland in the 20th century. The Century of Forest Improvements exhibition depicts...

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Special exhibition

Crocheted Chainsaws
28.4. - 1.10.

A child may be known by many names – and so may a chainsaw. The foreign names of the imported saws were adapted...

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The room of silence – a virtual nature experience

The Room of Silence, offering you a virtual experience of Finnish nature, is part of the permanent exhibition of Lusto. When your enter...

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Lusto for Children

Lusto is a fun place to visit with children! The miniatures in the exhibitions are interesting for all ages, as they provide an...

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Special exhibition

Ilona Rista – A New Outlook on Wood Carving
28.4.2017 - 7.1.2018

Finnish wood and forests are very much to the fore in Ilona Rista’s art. She has made a name for herself by producing...

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The wolf, the saw and the GPS – Finnish Forest Museum history

Why have forest museum collections over the years included a coconut, an ostrich egg, a wool-spinning paddle, a bow saw, a soldier’s helmet,...

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The Forests of the Finns

For Finns, the forest has always been – and still is – not only a source of income and a treasure trove of...

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The Time of the Machines

The Time of the Machines exhibition explores the mechanization of timber harvesting, as well as the development of forestry and the forest industry....

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Punkaharju in postcards

Punkaharju is a major tourist destination which represents Finland’s national landscape, but how did it look in old postcards? Those that have survived...

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Building up a national identity
28.4.2017 - 7.1.2018

The exhibition looks at how art that has been inspired by the forest has been important with regards to the construction of the...

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