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Address: Itainen 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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Museum of History and Contemporary Art

The museum of History and Contemporary Art is situated on the bank of the river Aura. It is within walking distance from the city center. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova has a permanent... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
vasavapr
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The underground part with middle age excavations and explanations about the history of the city is remarkably well done and truly interesting. The modern exhibition over two upper floors might be of interest for true modern art lovers but I guess it would be insignificant, at best, for most people (to whom I, obviously, belong). The museum in general is... More 

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Lappeenranta, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum of History and Contemporary Art is situated on the bank of the river Aura. It is within walking distance from the city center. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova has a permanent exhibition of structures excavated during the construction of this museum. There are structures and artifacts recovered during the excavation. These tell about life in the medieval times.... More 

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Southern Finland, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibition is built partly on the basis of young Matti's interesting story in English, Swedish and Finnish language and thus tells about life in the old days in Turku right on spot, in the middle of a real location. Aboa Vetus is an underground area of ruins where the genuine constructions tell the history of the oldest city in... More 

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Southwest Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Aboa Vetus is a nice museum for adults and schoolchildren. The guide tells about medieval and old times in Turku. Aboa Vetus is for the sixth class in Turku. There's also the museumshop with nice souvenirs as well as the room called Oma tila for exhibitions for amateurs.

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Bloemfontein
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I though this was amazing, art and history in the same building! The exhibitons around the medieval ruins of turku is informative and very child friendly (or child at heart). The addition of replicas along with found artefacts was very good to get a sense of what the objects would have been like during their use. Add to this that... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting underground ruins of part of the original town in Turku. It provides a glimpse into how daily life would have been in medieval times. Nicely preserved and has plenty of explanations in Finnish, Swedish, and English, plus there are printed guides in other languages such as German and French. I highly recommend a visit here.

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Eastern Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Medieval Turku becomes alive while visiting this thrilling museum. Extremely interesting. Ars Nova may need a guide to open up, but definitely worth the visit too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Quite an original idea to combine archaeological excavations and an art gallery under one roof! During our visit the was a kind of jazz performance. Also there is an Italian cafe if you're hungry. The history of the museum is specific as it has never been under governmental protection though it's certainly a place of public ownership.

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Perrh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

I loved this place and I only visited the ruins but if you like modern art it's here as well. Love the story of it - when digging to build the modern art museum they discovered the ruins of the medieval town and it has changed what was known about Turku during that time. You get to "walk" the streets... More 

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Tervakoski, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Of these two twin museums, Aboa Vetus was quite interesting, but Ars Nova was sort of a let down. Exhibition was rather small and it could have had more arts. However, when combined, museums were quite enjoyable.

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