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Turku Art Museum, Turku

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Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art or WAM for short, is an art museum in central Turku, Finland dedicated especially to modern art. The museum is located on the east bank of the Aura River. The permanent exhibition is based on the art collection of the City of Turku, which includes a large collection of works by Finnish artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. Temporary exhibitions focus on Finnish and international modern art.Museum buildingIn March 1964, the City Council of Turku approved the proposal to establish a museum dedicated to Wäinö Aaltonen, and Aaltonen himself signed an agreement donating a basic collection to the proposed museum. Construction started in October 1965. The drawings for the modernist building were made by Wäinö Aaltonen's son, Matti Aaltonen, and his wife, Irma Aaltonen, and Wäinö also played an active part in the planning. The museum was officially opened on 17 September 1967.The exhibition rooms of WAM have been designed to meet modern requirements. The architecture of the rooms is clean and well-lit with wide windows and numerous skylights. Inside the museum there is also a cafeteria and a shop.CollectionThe permanent exhibition of WAM is based on the art collection of the City of Turku, which includes a large collection of works by Finnish artist and sculptor Wäinö Aaltonen. This collection is supplemented by acquisitions purchased with an annual grant. The number of acquisitions varies but, during the 21st century, approximately 60 new works of art have been acquired annually. The art is purchased from exhibitions, directly from artists, and sometimes from private collectors as well. On some special occasions, commission art is acquired from artists or artist groups by using the collection's investment funds. The focuses of the collection are on the art of the Turku area, the art of Wäinö Aaltonen, and on three-dimensional art.
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  • Recommended for all art lovers! Including many works issued by Finland's most famous artists!
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  • This is the main Art Museum in city of Turku. It was donated to the city by a prosperous merchant in town in early 20th century. It's located on one of the main hills of Turku, built from big rock pie...  more »
  • The Turku Art Museum is a beautiful building located on top of a hill, but we were disappointed with the size of the collection. Although there were some nice paintings, there simply were not enough o...  more »
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  • Visual arts museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions. Painting, photography, sculpture and film.
  • Offers interesting exhibitions on the ground floor with a permanent exhibition focusing on Finnish romantic art on the second floor. Very interesting as a building on it's own.
  • Lovely and friendly cafe
  • The building itself was the most impressive part. They also have really nice postcards.
  • Nice cafe with great outdoor seating in fine weather.

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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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