Local Arts and Crafts Museum Activities

The goal with museum activities is to maintain and promote the public’s understanding about culture, history and the environment. Museums are open for all.

  • Local Arts and Crafts Museum Sibbesgården is located in Gesterby, which is one of the oldest villages in Sipoo. There are several old buildings in the museum area, showing the visitors how people lived in Sipoo a long time ago.
  • The agricultural museum displays agricultural tools and utensils from a time when horses had not yet been replaced by tractors and other machines. The museum is located in the Nikkilä centre.
  • Sibbesborg was once a fortress on an island called Storängsholmen, in the Sipoonjoki delta. More recent research has revealed that the fortress was used for a short period of time during the Swedish king Albert’s reign in the late 1400s.
  • Porvoo museum acts as the regional museum for the entire Eastern Uusimaa region. The museum collects and displays items and information related to cultural history, the visual arts, built-up cultural environment, and natural sciences. The museum acts as the regional museum for the entire Eastern Uusimaa region, and answers also for the preservation and maintenance of the poet J. L. Runeberg’s home, the Walter Runeberg sculpture collection, and the City of Porvoo art collection.

Museums take care of preservation and maintenance of culture and nature inheritance, so that they can be enjoyed also of generations to come. Furthermore, museums inform the public by organizing exhibitions and giving out publications, engage in studies and provide education.

To whom and on what terms

Museum activities are based on the Finnish Museums Act, and they are free of charge. The local history society in Sipoo is called Sibbo Hembygdsförening rf. It takes care of the local archives in the Sipoo region.

Most Finnish museums are co-funded by the central government and municipalities. Museums also obtain financing through their fund-raising activities, including entrance fees.

Basic information and legislation

The purpose of museum services is to maintain and build up the population's understanding of culture, history and environment. The museums are open for everyone.

The museums preserve cultural and natural heritage and keep it for the generations to come. Through their exhibitions and publications, the museums also inform the public and engage in research and teaching.