Special exhibition

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, a harvester, a cuckoo clock and mittens made of dog skin? Did the museum wolf eat the children? What did the geo-catcher find with their GPS device? Did a banner protect the primeval forest? What compositions are floating out of “the hunger violin” of a lumberjack?

Forest museums are part of Finland’s museum history. The first collections were gathered in the 19th century and they gradually assumed the characteristics of museum collections. Forest museums are also part of Finland’s forest history. Forestry was still in its infancy when professionals in the field began to dream of a forest museum like those that existed in other countries. They wanted forest museums to reflect upon the past, support the present and look to the future. They got a boost from the changes within forestry and they help to convey a certain nostalgia for a connection with the forest and the significance of the work that went on there. Forest museum collections were quite diverse from the beginning because they reflected many different ways of understanding the forest.

Welcome to a journey through 150 years of forest museum history!

Special exhibition

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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Permanent exhibition

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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Permanent exhibition

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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Permanent exhibition

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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Permanent exhibition

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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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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Permanent exhibition

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

Crocheted Chainsaws
28.4.2017 - 7.1.2018

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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Permanent exhibition

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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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...

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Special exhibition

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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