Amuri Quarter – Workers history

For a long time textile industry was the major job motor in Tampere. Many different factories grew here to feed the request for textiles in Finland and Europe. The city grew and quarters developed in which mainly the workers lived. Conditions were poor, people struggled to earn their living. But factories florished until the end of last century when competitors from overseas with cheap products flooded the market. A steady descent started and not much is left today. Tampere readjusted its economic footprint. Unfortunately much of the old wooden structures disappeared and got replaced with concrete, but there are still some gems left. Fortunately the mistake was not made too much with the industrial buildings, which gives the downtown of Tampere a very special flair. But back to the workers quarters, one place is the Amuri Quarter. It is nowadays a museum featuring the history of Tamperes workers quarters. Going through the museum you will make a journey in time. The rooms are furnished cronologically and you can read about the daily life of virtual people living there. There is a public sauna to be seen and once you have done your tour, you can have a rest in the very nice cafe at the exit.

Weather during my visit was not too bright, but as you see the houses have open doors and the virtual inhabitants are welcoming you 🙂


The rooms are equipped with furniture and things from a specific periode.


At the time people lived here, it was common that many inhabitants shared rooms, so even it looks cosy nowadays, it was tough in the past.


As you see on the sign, Swedish language was (and still is to some extend) the language in the Southwest. It says ‘God is the love’.





If you compare the interior to the first photos, you notice, that it is a little more modern.




The public sauna and washing facilities. It used to be something common in Finland to have these public saunas. They almost disappeared as almost everyone has a sauna at home, but there are some tendencies that they become a small revival.


It is obvious where we are here… 😉






I think this museum quarter is a very nice and special place. There are many open-air museums, but not many of this kind. Glad I have been here and a high recommendation to visit it!

-> Webpage of the Amuri Museum



Cosy Cafe Amurin Helmi

If you are in Tampere and you are looking for a Cafe then you will have to go to the Amuri Quarter, an open air museum of workers houses of Tamperes former industry. There you will find the Cafe Amurin Helmi. They have so tasty things. If I am in the area I pass by here to get some yumyum pulla. But it is not only the really fresh backed things, but also the cosy interior. It is a good place to have a rest!



-> Webpage of Cafe Amurin Helmi


Openair Museum Jalomäen Umpipiha

Driving from Tampere towards Pori I suddenly saw some nice and really old buildings beside the road and they immediately caught my interest. So I stopped and had a look. I was fortuned that this day there was a guided tour through this tiny settlement. My knowledge of Finnish is highly limited despite my year in the beautiful country, so I was glad that the guide talked to me a few words in English inbetween the Finnish tour. That plus a look into the internet gave me some idea about the place.

Buildings partly date back to the 17th century. What you notice pretty immediately when entering the complex is that the outer buildings form a circle and the gaps between them are closed with wooden walls. This was a protection of the villagers and their lifestock against the wild ‘creatures’ like wolves and bears which would otherwise come and threaten the base of living. Inside the walls the farmers kept the animals.

If you walk around you find many storage buildings. And the interior of the living houses is very pretty, but it is noticeable that life in the past was pretty tough. Have fun watching the photos of this interesting place…












-> Wikipedia about this openair museum


Möhkö Ironwork Ruins

At my stay in Petkeljärvi I saw during a look at the Visitor Center that there is some ruins and environment of a former iron works in nearby Möhkö. So after putting together my things and a beautiful hike I drove the short way to Möhkö. Here I found ruins of melting furnaces and a still in shape historic industry environment including the owners Mansion. Much is put into a museum and you can walk around to get an impression of this areas history.

Around the ruins of the furnace there is a walkway so you can check it out from all directions. Have a look at the model of the furnace which is located in the mansion.


Do not forget to have a look at the mansion. Inside the basement gives you an idea how nicely the owner of the ironworks lived and how much wealth he must have had.IMG_6831IMG_6812 IMG_6810 IMG_6809

In the second floor a part of the exhibition is dedicated to the times when Möhkö was a place of war. Here Finland faught agains Russia, who tried to overtake Finland. Much fighting took place in Möhkö and you will learn about individuals of both sides. It is sad…
IMG_6817IMG_6818In another building of the site you can see how workers lived here and the work of those who provided firewod and timber for the ironworks.IMG_6828IMG_6827 IMG_6826 IMG_6844

Walking around you will admire the beautiful location of that place. It is very calm nowadays and offers much for the eyes.IMG_6850

Inside the mansion there is a painting which shows how the area once looked like. I think it is no comparison to today…

If you want to know more about Möhkö Ironworks, please have a look at their official homepage.


Forest Museum Lusto

Finland is home to huge areas of forest. Therefore it is quite clear that a museum about that is perfectly located here. In the museum Lusto, which is run by the forest authorities (those providing a great help for you to explore the national parks), you will find exposites about many aspects of the nature in forests. But also the various ways of how humans use this part of the nature. In my opinion the museum is excellent!

Click to for the webpage of Lusto Museum    The museum is very educative. Take some time for it. Bears are common wildlife in Finland, but ist extremely rare to see one in the wilderness. It is kind of winning in a lotterie. Bear is “Karhu” in Finnish. With the Everyones Right, the people in Finland can use the fruits and mushrooms that the nature provides. Of course the Everyones Right not only grants you the access to nature but also gives everyone the duty to protect and conserve it for the future generations. I will set up a blog entry for that some day soon, cause its one of the things people can easily misinterpret. Wood has been and still is used as material in everyday life. Also this is an aspect of the museum.