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. Put Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova into our Turku trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Turku.
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  • This museum shows the medieval streets below. With boards explaining the history in Finnish and English. It was interesting. The artefacts they have found were interesting too. Took us about an hour.....  more
    This museum shows the medieval streets below. With boards explaining the history in Finnish and English. It was interesting. The artefacts they have found were interesting too. Took us about an hour.....  more »
  • This seems a particularly great restaurant for young (school age) children. The story of Matti who lived in the old city in the 1600s, with lots of hands on things to do for kids. 
    This seems a particularly great restaurant for young (school age) children. The story of Matti who lived in the old city in the 1600s, with lots of hands on things to do for kids.  more »
  • The museum tells you about everyday life in medieval Turku. It's a fascinating though small museum. There is also some modern art in upper floors with the same ticket for those who find it... 
    The museum tells you about everyday life in medieval Turku. It's a fascinating though small museum. There is also some modern art in upper floors with the same ticket for those who find it...  more »
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  • Aboa Vetus with the historical remains was an amazing place for our two young children on a wet day. Lots of things for them to play with and exciting places to explore. Loved it. Would skip the upstairs Ars Nova with kids as that's just a more normal modern art gallery. Nice, but not engaging for them. Brilliant cafe with a very nice buffet lunch for a good price.
  • Only went to the archaeological part of the museum. It was an interesting insight though short, but for €8 that's not the end of the world. It felt a bit unstructured however in its layout, I really feel that there could have been better guidance of the story they were trying to tell.
  • The downstairs exhibition was really interesting and educational. We learned a lot of useful information in the historical section, and I particularly enjoyed looking at the reconstructed animal skeletons. There were also a lot of beautiful tapestries displayed in the art section. Unfortunately the upstairs part of the museum was rather disappointing. Most of the modern art was something, which my 4-year-old students could easily produce without much help.
  • Very good museum, a lot of funs and games for children. But modern art is so hard for my understanding🙈
  • Really cool and interesting ruins. wasn't too interested in the modern art section, but it was still pretty nice nevertheless. Ruins are in good condition, and you can learn interesting stuff about Turku's history there.

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