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Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

Vartiovuorenkatu 2, Turku P.O. Box 286, Finland
+35822620350
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Ranked #5 of 21 attractions in Turku
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
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Toa Payoh
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I didn't regret my half day in this handicraft museum! Sometimes it actually felt surreal, because the staff are dressed in traditional wear from the past, making me feel like i was truly walking down a street in the past. There are also little exhibitions one of which was on traditional weddings then, and it was interesting reading on their... More

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This is one of the must-sees for anyone traveling to Turku, especially if you like history and old buildings. It was fascinating to see how the people lived 200+ years ago, and their buildings that were specific to the various trades were cool to see.

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Very special and unique visiting place from 18th century. You can see the presentation there for very old method of work

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Hanko, Finland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is an excellent place, but like most things in Finland, it was closed when I visited it in November!! It is open only in summer and in Christmas time. I could see some of it through the gate, though, but I was totally disappointed.

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Turku, Finland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

A very nice museum if you are interested in old, original wooden buildings and interiors. It is a bit tricky to walk around for people with disabilities or small children in strollers.

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Helsinki, FInland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Luostarinmaki is the area in Turku which was preserved in a huge fire that burnt the rest of the town in 1827. Many of the houses were built in the 18th century, and they have been furnished in the style of that time period. All the houses portray a different story: in one, a tailor lived, in another, a sailor;... More

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Fuengirola, Spain
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32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This museum has received the Goden Apple international tourism award in 1984. If you are interested in learn how Finns lived and worked in the 18th century then this museum us a must. This area on one of the seven hills survived the Great Fure of Turku in early 19th century. Walking distance from the market square in central Turku.... More

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The museum is a must for anybody interested in genuine pre-industrial life in a small town. The last residents left in the 70s . Unfortunately the craftsmen are getting rarer and rarer. For instance the makers of chewing tobacco are difficult to come by.

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Luostarinmäki is the only part of Turku which was saved from the Great Fire in 1827, the greatest fire in Finland and in the whole Scandinavia. FIJET (professionals of travel industry) has badged "The Golden Apple" to Luostarinmäki. Every year in August there is "The day of handicrafts" when you can see about 40 "old time professionals" working. Luostarinmäki is... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Impressive is the right word for this unique quarter in old Turku. From our previous experience we can recommend this for a summer visit (wintertime in this ancient setting will be more realistic than most of us modern people would endure...) One can only imagine the cost of maintaining this heritage site, but we're grateful it is open for the... More

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