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- The small museum building near the Metso library is filled with mostly unknown works of local artist Joseph Alanen. He used tempera painting technique with light, shady colours to create mythical pictures of our national epic Kalevala. The chosen style resembles comic book characters with strongly painted outlines and extreme positions. The impressive Lemminkäinen and the Great Serpent was finished in 1920 just before his early death at the age of 34 in the current world epidemic Spanish fever.Written 29 July 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Haihara Art Centre is open in summer. You may visit art exhibitions in the old manor house (from the 1870's) without any admission fee. They claimed that also a ghost named Blue Maid wanders around the rooms of the manor. She is said to be a former servant of the house. There may even be several ghosts there. Believe it or not.
The nice summer cafeteria named Kahvikamari is located in the old workers' house which was built in 1811. You may also visit Runeberg Cottage which was named after Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the national poet of Finland. He spent the summer 1834 there. There are also several other interesting and historical buildings on the area of Haihara Manor, e.g. an old windmill.
This place is quite earthy and countrified, not very elegant. However, we loved the milieu with art, historical buildings, nice vegetation (e.g. a birch alley from the manor to the beach) and the summer cafeteria.
The beach of the manor isn't very good for swimming. There is a better public beach very near the mansion. So if you want to swim, I recommend that you go to Riihiniemi Beach (Kaukajärvi, address Järvikatu 14).Written 26 August 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- You can visit the art galley and take a look of Finnish art life. Changing exhibitions.
The place is located just few blocks away from the city center, in the same block with the nice cafeteria in the Finlayson factory area.Written 24 September 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is one of those unassuming places which don't really advertise themselves but if you're a friend of fine arts, it's certainly worth a visit. Open only for a few hours a day. A cool, peaceful haven after a hot day; we almost got the whole place for ourselves.
A well-kept building with an interesting collection, especially highlighting the late 19th century Finnish art, antique furniture and silverware. Fascinating souvenir collection. At the time of our visit the temporary exhibition was about Catherine Val. Every display room has small info on the original owner of the collection (Kustaa Hiekka) and his family history. Don't expect an action-packed experience with all the modern gimmicks, but it's not some forgotten dusty warehouse either. A walk-through takes about an hour.
The staff were friendly. Right inside the main doors we were presented disposable shoe covers(!) to wear during our visit because of the vulnerable original carpets. Didn't bother us. Remember: all photography is prohibited inside!Written 14 July 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.