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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Itainen Rantakatu 4-6, Turku 20700, Finland
02 2500 552
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Ranked #3 of 21 attractions in Turku
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Lappeenranta, Southern Finland, Finland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We saw only the excavations becausevthe other part was closed. The museums was interesting. We were there for an hour and our 3-year-old daughter did not get bored either, because there was a lot to do for the children! Nice place.

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Turku, Finland
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23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Since it is underground and an actual excavation site the temperature is pretty low making it a nice spot for a warm day. They have lots of activities for kids and everything is written in English. They also have guided tours at no extra cost and update the exhibits all the time.

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Oulu, Finland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

It was a pity that we only got to see the Aboa Vetus because the Ars Nova exhibition was being re installed. But Aboa Vetus was awesome! It was like "clear maze" with many medieval houses to visit. Also there were lots of stories and "activities" like medieval Turku quiz and doll house. If Ars Nova had been open, I... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The basement is an archeological dig/museum and the upper floor is a contemporary art museum. The art museum was a good size for a quick visit but the basement stole the show for me. It showcases three brick/stone medieval residences with displays exhibiting artifacts from the era told from the viewpoint of a ten year old Finnish boy from that... More

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Plano, Texas
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65 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I know my title sounds a bit goofy, but one of my favorite museums in the world is the new museum at the Acropolis in Greece that features a contemporary building which is on top of an archeological site. This museum also fits that bill, and it is fascinating to see how they incorporated the history and displays within the... More

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Turku, Finland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

You´ll find this museum& art gallery close to the city center and also at the river banks of the fabulous Aura river. There is a nice restaurant at the museum, a painting colection and a good, interesting view to the history of Turku. Turku was the first capital of Finland and that´s the reason, there are so interesting and unique... More

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