The Main Castle
The Main Castle's passages, halls and chapels bear testament to the fascinating history of Turku, Finland, Sweden and the other Nordic countries. The Sture Church and the Nun’s Chapel hold the Museum Centre’s exceptional collection of medieval wooden religious statues. The Castle Church represents early 18th century. The King’s State Room was Finland’s most important secular room from the early 14th century to the mid-16th century. Nearly all of Sweden’s medieval kings have stayed in this room. The King’s and Queen’s Halls date from the 1550s, when the medieval fortification was turned into a renaissance palace by Duke John and the Duchess, Catherine of Jagello. The exhibition rooms on the attic floor showcase highlights from the Museum Centre’s collections.
The permanent exhibition in the Bailey focuses on everyday life in the castle, its festivities, court and staff. Experience the castle as a defensive structure, as a staging post for tax and trade goods, as barracks and as a museum. Highlights include life-sized wax figures that portray historical figures from the past.