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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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  • This is a great museum in the middke of Turku by River Aura. If you have time to do only one of the two I would recommend Aboa Vetus (the Medieval part). Make sure you have time to enjoy the MBakery c...  more »
  • Resting in Turku, walking along the promenade. reached this interesting Museum, but very modestly and guess. There will be a lot of children more fun than adults (it's about the archaeological Department of the Museum). As regards the second part of the Museum of contemporary art, there is a very interesting picture. The same Museum there is a small restaurant, but since it was Saturday people were very much and there were no available seats.
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  • Here camped 2 Museum: one istroiko-ethnographic, and the second is a contemporary art gallery. Both museums really liked. In the historic recreated in great detail the life of people in different times (mainly the middle ages). Everything is done very gently and lovingly. A gallery of contemporary art, though not strikes large numbers of works, to understand some cultural and political aspects of the life of modern people.
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  • Wonderful museum with both contemporary art and a glimpse of medieval Turku.
  • Interesting mix between archaeological museum and contemporary art gallery.
  • Good museum, I liked the historical part
  • This is a great museum. I like that it had two parts and it was pretty interesting.
  • The underground dig site is cool but also small and not too impressive. The upstairs exhibits are always changing but they are usually very nice.