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!