The Turku Biological Museum opened on 15 July 1907. The story of the museum starts in 1902 when the Turku City Council received an anonymous donation for 50 000 marks for an unspecified purpose. Later it was revealed that the donation had been made by Alfred Jacobsson, the vice consul for Sweden, and his wife Hélène.
The museum building is designed by Irma and Matti Aaltonen. Wäinö Aaltonen himself took part in the designing process. Aaltonen travelled a lot, and he had got acquainted with different museums during his travels and exhibitions abroad.
The cafeteria is located in the Pharmacy Museum's inner courtyard. We serve home-made pastries that have been prepared according to recepies from the 18th century. The inner courtyard is a cosy playground for children.
The Pharmacy Museum and The Qwensel House are situated in the centre of Turku, only two blocks from the Market Square and close to the tourist information and the Market Hall. Enter the museum from its riverside entrance.
You can easily reach the museum using public transportation. Most bus lines in Turku go through the Market Square, not far from the museum. Bus line 1 operates between the harbour, the bus station and the airport and stops near the museum.
Access to the Pharmacy Museum and the Qwensel House is limited, as there are several steps at the main entrance. There is another entrance with fewer steps in the courtyard. Using a wheelchair inside the museum is not possible due to high thresholds.
Personal assistants of disabled persons get free admission to the museum.
The Pharmacy Museum will lead you into the history of medicine, health and illness. The Qwensel House displays the life and home of the gentry in 18th century Turku. The city's oldest surviving wooden house holds stylish halls and chambers as well as Finland's oldest pharmacy interior.
In the pharmacy office small souvenirs and post cards are on sale. All-time favourites are sugar candy and The Apothecary's salty liquorice, a popular sweet flavoured with ammonium chloride.
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art is located right by the city centre by the Aurajoki river, approximately a fifteen minute's walk away from the market square. The best route by foot is across the Teatterisilta bridge.
If you travel by car, there are several parking options: There are free 1-hour parking places in the front of the museum, 2-hour parking spots on the uphill street next to the museum, and on the Itsenäisyydenaukio side on Paavo Nurmen puistotie, there are parking places where you can leave your car for as long as you like.
Enjoy a cup of coffee on the sunniest terrace in Turku
In addition to visiting the museum, you should definitely take a break and relax for a moment in the atmospheric Cafe Wäinö. The beautiful Aurajoki scenery and the sunniest terrace in Turku really crown your art experience. Enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a drink, and go through the exhibition in your mind once more. The aquarium adds an interesting element to the atmosphere of the cafe.
- adults 8 €
- groups (min. 10 persons) -25 %
- reduced price 4 €
- 7–15 yrs. 2 €
- 4–6 yrs. 0,50 €
- family ticket 16,50 €
Free admission is granted for under 4 year olds, kindergarten groups, comprehensive school groups and upper secondary groups (from Turku) as well as the teachers entering with the groups.
Address: Jaanintie 45, 20540 Turku.
By bus or bike
It is very easy to get to Kurala by bus, since there are several bus lines in Turku that stop in front of the museum.
If you’re biking to Kurala from the city centre, just take the bike lane on Vanha Hämeentie.
There is plenty of free parking in Kurala. Parking spaces for museum guests are located along Jaanintie just opposite the Kylämäki Village.
NB: Driving your own car on the museum grounds is forbidden.
The Kylämäki Village in Kurala is a recreation and cultural area for the whole family to enjoy. You can explore the area any time of the year and stay for a picnic or get to know the endearing farm animals.
In the summertime you can learn about life on the farm in the 1950s with the guidance of a woman farmer. You can also participate in workshops and courses throughout the year, and during the summer you can watch work demonstrations and even try your own hand in farm work.
Turku has three art museums. Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, located on the Aura riverside, is the art museum of the City of Turku. Ars Nova is a museum of modern art and also located on the Aura riverside. Turku Art Museum is located at Puolalanmäki.
Please go to the TurkuART -website for a full list of art museums and galleries in Turku.