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.
Situated in the historical setting of the Old Great Square, the gallery features interesting temporary exhibitions.
The gallery is located on the second floor with access through the staircase. There is no lift in the building.
The exhibition space
Brinkkala Gallery is a unique and fascinating exhibition space. Located on the second floor, the gallery can be reached via the mansion’s beautiful stair hall. The gallery comprises two back-to-back rooms with high ceilings. The long sides of the rooms are lined with windows.
In this narrative exhibition planned for the museum’s premises, ceramics skilfully transform into everything from floating seeds to charred trees according to themes related to the life cycle.
Contemporary art by the river
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM) is the Turku City Art Museum named after the famous Turku born sculptor, Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966). For nearly 50 years this modernist white museum building has been reflected in the Aurajoki river, becoming part of the cultural landscape on the east bank. The middle-aged museum isn’t content to just rest on its laurels, but is presenting new and experimental art projects. In addition to changing exhibitions, the programme includes various cultural events, lectures, concerts and theme days for families.
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