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.

Special exhibition

A Man’s Job

Finnish forest workers’ standard of living and working conditions became topics of debate in the 1950s and 1960s, attracting attention even from the...

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Controlled burning – Photographs about using fire in forest management

The exhibition “Controlled burning” presents the use of fire in promoting forest management and forest biodiversity through photographs made by Benjam Pöntinen, a...

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Lusto for Children

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Permanent exhibition

The Forests of the Finns

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Special exhibition

Lumberjack’s culture days – a legendary forest-related event of 1967-2000

The exhibition “Lumberjack's culture days” is composed of Lusto's collections in honour of the forest workers' own cultural event. The exhibition comprising posters,...

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Special exhibition

A man’s job – Finland at a turning point in 1970 as seen in unique photographs

Lusto’s main exhibition of 2020 – "A man's job"– offers touching and largely unprecedented photographs of the forest workers and the transformation of...

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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 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 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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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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