The Turku City Art Collection is expanded by purchase and donation. Art is purchased from exhibitions, artists and private persons. The City Board confirms annually the appropriations for investing in art acquisitions. With this money, works of art are purchased or ordered for new buildings. New art is also collected through donations.
An official record or a committee proposal is drawn up of every art acquisition and confirmed in a meeting of the Culture Committee.
History and principles
The City of Turku has an art collection of over 10 000 works of art. The oldest works are medieval wood sculptures and 17th century portraits that used to belong to the collections of the Turku Historical Museum (1881-1981) and later the Provincial Museum of Turku (1982-2008).
General and reserved tours
General tours of the Heikki Marila exhibition in Finnish on Wednesdays at 17.00 and Sundays at 14.00. Tours in Swedish on the last Sunday of the month at 15.00.
These tours are included in the entrance fee.
Book a tour
- phone 02 262 0850
- Groups of fewer than 30 people, one guide 69€ + entrance fee
- Groups of more than 30 people, two guides 138€ + entrance fee
Brighten up the school day
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art offers many ways to revitalise your teaching. Modern art often awakens the senses and takes a stand on political issues and history. Fine arts can morph into literature, carry knowledge on other cultures or illustrate the physics of light and colour. Think outside the box and include the museum in your curriculum.
Enjoy the historical surroundings of the Old Great Square!
The preserved and historical Old Great Square offers cosy surroundings, which are ideal for a variety of leisure and cultural activities.
See, experience, participate
The area houses several art galleries and the Artoteque. Varied cultural and art events, concerts and theatre performances are organised within the premises of the Old Great Square.
In addition, several outdoor events are organised, the most renowned are the Medieval Fair and the Christmas Fair in the Old Great Square.
- 22.4.–22.5. Minna Salonen & Minttu Saarinen
- 27.5.–3.7. Elina Katara
- 8.7.–14.8. Lauri Tujula & Maiju Hukkanen
The Old Town Hall Gallery
- 22.4.–22.5. Ilona Romunen
- 27.5.–3.7. Nelli Pietiläinen
- 8.7.–14.8. Jasu Appu
20th October, 2017–14th January, 2018
The exhibition brings together works of contemporary art, which explore the body-related conceptions and presentation conventions prevailing in our culture today. Several works scrutinize the materiality of the body and the expression of identities. The following artists are featured:
The masculine drawings created by Laaksonen, who was born in Kaarina in 1920, have had an impact on western culture for many decades.
The Old Town Hall and Brinkkala galleries are part of The Museum Centre of Turku.