Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku

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Walk through the ruins of Finland's oldest city while at the same time viewing pieces of modern art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, a museum of history and contemporary art. At its inception in the 1990s, the institution was meant to host only contemporary art. However, when the builders accidentally discovered an ancient town below ground, the world received this unconventional venue. Ask for a guided tour of the site to get a comprehensive overview of the collections, or walk through the medieval cellars and eccentric exhibit halls at your own pace. You will see works by masters such as Picasso and Warhol, as well as artwork by Finnish artists of the 20th century. Work out when and for how long to visit Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and other Turku attractions using our handy Turku itinerary builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very interesting museum with the old ruins of Turku underground and art upstairs. Nice location by the river. Well worth a visit  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The contemporary Museum, the basis of exposure which is a medieval city that found in the 90-ies of the last century. Please note that when you log on to the exposition of the lower deck there are broshjurka with Russian interesting text, something like walking through the town with narration from the face of the little boy. Very entertainingly written, we regret that found the brochure only at the exit of the Museum you can try yourself in making wooden buckets, folded wall of bricks, play medieval joke. On the upper floors are rooms with modern art and 20th century including Picasso, Warhol and Africa. The Museum on the street a good Café, evening DJ, wood-fired pizza, very pleasant atmosphere.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The concept was very original. Mix an ancient site in the basement and an exhibition of modern art on the 1st Hall. But in the end all travels quite quickly. All remains generally interesting, but will not leave a lasting memory.
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  • March 28, 2017
    This museum has two parts: a historical one, where archaeological findings are presented, concerning life in Turku in the past; and an arts collection, with permanent and temporary exhibits. A good place to learn history and to admire paintings, collages, sculptures and watch films. The museum has a nice souvenir shop and a coffee shop serving brunch.
  • May 25, 2017
    Good place to know the history of Turku. I spend whole afternoon here.
  • April 15, 2017
    Lovely coffee shop. Modern interior design with friendly staff.
  • December 25, 2016
    Fabulous lunch service. Two different museums. Extraordinary surroundings.
  • February 6, 2017
    Chance to the visit Old Turku under the ground. Old building and things dug up by archeologists.

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As Finland's historical capital and one of the centers of Finnish culture, Turku draws plenty of tourists and boasts a wide array of accommodations. Most of Turku's larger hotels and guesthouses sit within the historical old town, roughly between the harbor, the main train station, and the northern bank of the Aura River. Staying within this central district gives you easy access to most of Turku's main sights, putting you within walking distance of the famous cathedral and close to the fortress. Surrounding suburbs and more rural peninsular areas offer cheaper accommodation, but put you a little farther from the action. Budget travelers may want to book a hostel, which often put you in shared rooms but offer a decent location.
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