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Address: Itaeinen Rantakatu 4-6, Turku 20700, Finland
Phone Number: 358207181640
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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A fascinating view into Middle age Turku

Aboa Vetus When the art museum Ars Nova was being founded in the old Rettig Palace they did diggings in the Palace garden and found more and more archealogical finds. An entire... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 27, 2016
Karppen
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Huskvarna, Sweden
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Huskvarna, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Aboa Vetus When the art museum Ars Nova was being founded in the old Rettig Palace they did diggings in the Palace garden and found more and more archealogical finds. An entire part of the Middle age city of Turku was found under the ground with streets, remains of houses and much more. Wisely the owners decided to create the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova contains two museums in one - the museum of contemporary art upstairs, and the museum of historical Turku downstairs. The historical part of the museum was absolutely fascinating, complete with authentic excavations of the old, medieval buildings of Turku before it burned down. Very interesting to see what life looked like in Turku during the... More 

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Turku, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

This museum is situated alongside Aura river. These underground ruins tell the history of Finland's oldest town Turku. There was also fictitious story of a boy named Matti and his life during that time. For children there were medieval games and other medieval things to play with.

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Thank Tukano
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I lived in Turku for 5 years and went to this museum many times and I consider it to be the best place to visit. I love seeing the old architecture, then displays of what has been found and how they have created a world that shows what it was like hundreds of years ago in Old Turku. It is... More 

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Thank Grant S
Cookham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

A strange museum which has modern art upstairs( much of which did nothing for the three of us) . However downstairs is an excavation site of a riverside area of old Turku before it was destroyed by fire. Its all absolutely real apart from the models used to illustrate how it would have looked when original. Well worth a couple... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is a museum of history and contemporary art, situated in the central Turku, so it's easily reached. Ticket prices are reasonable, and they have a quirky little museum shop. Downstairs you can see some extremely interesting medieval ruins of Turku. These are not reconstructions, but the actual ruins kept the way they used to be,... More 

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

This is both a contemporary art museum and an archeological one. The second being a bit more interesting than the first. Probably due to better explanation. I like many of the pieces in the art exhibition, but struggle a bit with art. Would've liked more than just the artist, title, and date. The basement where the medieval city is very... More 

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Wroclaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

It is a place where you have to go if you want to show your kid a museum that combines good collection of modern art and, to our surprise, archeological section! It is a place to spend a few hours enjoying permanent and temporary art exhibitions (they aren't large and it makes it easy to visit) and then, going down... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This is a neat set-up- contemporary galleries featuring both Scandinavian and International artists AND historical artifacts and ruins. We really took our time with both. The downstairs was very well maintained, the exhibits were hands on and fun, and the ruins themselves were fascinating to see along with clear explanations.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

The underground excavations are informatively presented and provide a clear picture of the history of the city and its communities. The presentation is also geared for young people in a very creative way and we think that it would engage children and teenagers in equal measure. The contemporary art collection housing on the upper floors is well curated and has... More 

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