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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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Where to stay in Turku

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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  • Well organized medieval exhibition on the very place where the buildings rest at their original sites.  more »
  • As the name suggests, the museum has something for history lovers, and something for art lovers, something for those who love everything old, and for those who love the new. And they also have a nice ...  more »
  • Aboa vetus and ars Nova is a very small museum in the central of Turku. It is still interesting thought, and definitely worth of checking out if you want to see a piece of old Turku.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Good place to know the history of Turku. I spend whole afternoon here.
  • Lovely coffee shop. Modern interior design with friendly staff.
  • Fabulous lunch service. Two different museums. Extraordinary surroundings.
  • Chance to the visit Old Turku under the ground. Old building and things dug up by archeologists.