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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Address: Itainen Rantakatu 4-6, Turku 20700, Finland
Phone Number: +358 2 2500552
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Ranked #9 of 19 Attractions in Turku
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Jarvenpaa, Finland
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145 reviews 145 reviews
33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

It was very intesting to see some of the early (14th century) history of Turku. Be aware that one needs to be careful of the uneven footing.

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Helsinki, Finland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Stone walls and cellars of the medieval city. The place itself is impressive with thick stone walls and arcs. Not much items displayed, join the guided tour to get more information about the site and the items.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were lucky, we went underground to see the old house and artifacts first. Those were nice and we spent most of our time there. The modern art section was just a hogwash. People just exhibit crap under the title of modern art. Then we went to see the section where Picasso and Salvador Dali works were exhibited. Except for... More 

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Tampere, Finland
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I think the service was good and the food was quite tasty. My last visit there was about four years ago.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Museom and history information center. Built on top of a acrheological dig. Just about all of Turku history to see here. Absolutely a delight. Cafe availeble also.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had the privilege of eating right next to the old excavations in the main entrance and it was simply stunning. The museum has very interesting details and I suggest a guided tour if you can arrange that.

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Lappeenranta, Southern Finland, Finland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is a museum of history and contemporary art. A must see part of Turku for those who love history and are interested to know what was Turku like at it's medieval times. You can see underground area of ruins that are oldest in Finland. I did go and see the art section also but I can't review it. Maybe... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Interesting museum to wander around, but I totally recommend going on a tour for the insight into both parts =)

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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

apparently they found the many century old remains of the city when they started excavating for a modern art museum. we really liked the subterranean vault and artifacts..just enough to be interesting without too much. Modern art exhibits are transient; not normally my thing..but I went from a snort of philistine derision to quite enjoying it by the end...give it... More 

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Varkaus, Finland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The most pleasant surprise even to the Finnish tourist. I had no information at all about the existence of this attraction. Sure, I knew that Turku in Finland is a really old city. The hotel staff told us the place. Old Turku had been dug up and brought up in a nice way. Less frequently, Finland has one well-preserved old... More 

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