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Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku
(4.2/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Aboa Vetus When the art museum Ars Nova was being founded in the old Rettig Palace they did diggings in the Palace garden and found more and more archealogical finds. An entire part of the Middle age ...  more »
  • Overrated in marketing, but its worth a engångsbesök! Walking tour can be arranged with guides who appear to lack the empathy that would give the tour a boost! The Cafe is oftasr packed with tourists in the summer and the range could be better!
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  • Tasty snacks, fresh fruit, and the wonderful pastries. An idyllic place dishes in the middle of it.
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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.