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“A fascinating walk into history of Turku..”

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Ranked #3 of 69 things to do in Turku
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Aboa Vetus is one of my absolute favourite museums, and I have visited it several times. It offers such an interesting view into the historical layers of Turku, into the lives of people who lived there hundreds of years ago. You can actually walk in the underground ruins that have been dug up underneath the building. On top of that, there are various activities to make history alive for visitors. They have given a lot of thought to children, who can play with a special doll's house and press coins, to mention a few of the activities available to them. For older visitors, there is ample information about the exhibits. The dim lighting in the underground spaces just pronounce the feeling of entering another world. There are lots of stairs so watch your step!
In addition to the archeological museum, there is also a modern art museum which is worth checking out.
The entrance to the museum complex is quite impressive as there is an old cobblestone street on the floor, and it is very spacious. The entrance hall also houses a very nice cafeteria where you can always find something tasty to eat. There's a nice garden outside where you can sit and enjoy the summer. There's even an interesting museum shop with all kinds of finds.

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova have two seperate exhibitions, contemporary art and historical ruins. For us, Aboa Ventus was more interesting. We were all grown-ups though I guess it would have been interesting to visit this exhibition with children as well as ther were quite many things for kids to do. Information was given in different languages, we were able to see ruins of medieval Turku. Quite interestin. Ars Nova part did not excite us that much. There was a possibility to eat also, but I cannot comment on the food as we did not.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013

This is a great museum in Turku! Actaly you 2 museums at onest. There is the Aboa Vetus museum with old history and it is underground. They have quided tours thre and thjey are good, It is great place to wist with the kids!! Ars Nova side has good modern art collection. It is also great place to have lunch. On saturdays they have brunch.

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Aboa Vetus shows underground area of ruins and medieval streets to tell tge history of the oldest tiwn in Finland. ars Noa display contemporary art. Two separate galleries have their own exhibition programme.

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Reviewed 24 July 2013

This museum is a rather interesting mash-up of archaeology and modern art. The latter is, well, not so interesting to anyone except maybe a specialist.

The archaeology is, however, rather impressively done, and by itself merits a visit to the museum. You get to step down into the underground excavation area and visit the remains of the medieval Turku. Displays are well-placarded in multiple languages (English, Swedish, Finnish). There are quite a number of stations explicitly designed for younger children which should keep them engaged during a visit as well. Altogether, I wished I had more time to spend there (a few hours, rather than the ~1 I had there).

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