The Uusikaupunki Museum takes children and adults alike on a voyage to the golden age of seafaring. Can you hear the rustle of silk in your ears?
In the 19th century Uusikaupunki, ship-owners had the grandest houses in town. Wahlberg’s house is a good example of such a house. Sailing ships carried merchandise from all over the world and, in addition to the wealth, brought with them plenty of new ideas and fashions. All of this is combined at Wahlberg’s house; the museum showcases the life of a bourgeois home during the golden age of seafaring as well as maritime history.
Wahlberg’s house was built by the founder of a local tobacco factory, Fredrik Wahlberg. The chandelier he purchased from Italy still hangs in the big hall. You can also enjoy the decorative tile stoves, skilfully made frescoes and the original, hand-painted wallpapers of the parlour, which are over 140 years old. In the downstairs rooms, you can almost smell the smoke from pipe tobacco and hear the rustle of silk dresses.
Upstairs the museum houses a collection celebrating the centuries old maritime tradition of the town. Seaman’s chests, souvenirs, paintings and navigational instruments all have their stories to tell. The more recent history of shipbuilding, shipyards and the car factory is also on show, and you can even spot the shoes of the local basketball player, Gerald Lee Jr.
The downstairs exhibition space hosts a series of temporary exhibitions. The main exhibition of 2018 showcases the favourite pastimes of local youth from different decades. Come and reminisce about the favourite hangouts and activities of youngsters from the 1960s as well as the 1990s. The exhibition is on show from May until the end of the year. At the end of November, Wahlberg's museum house gets ready for Christmas with its traditional decorations. Guided tours are organised on summer Thursdays at 2 pm.
Children are also taken into account at Wahlberg’s house. They can play detectives in the museum and do various tasks related to the exhibition. On summer Wednesdays at 11 am, the museum organises workshops for children. The outbuilding has a cobbler’s workshop and children’s play area, and the museum shop sells some of the best souvenirs in town.
During the summer, you can also visit the Sailor’s Home museum and the Naval Pilot museum. At the Sailor’s Home museum on the western edge of Myllymäki, you can imagine what the life of an ordinary sailor’s family was like in the early 20th century Uusikaupunki. The museum building is one of the oldest remaining residential buildings in town, and it was probably built in late 18th century.
The former pilot station currently operating as a museum was built in 1857. It is located on the Vallimäki hillside, where you can enjoy a great view of the sea. The location and original artefacts shed light on the history of the dangerous profession of piloting, which was often passed down from father to son.
Next to the old iron works of Männäinen and the historic trade route of Sirppujoki is the Regional Museum of Kalanti. The museum showcases the history of the local peasant lifestyle. The museum is open by agreement.
Ylinenkatu 11, 23500 Uusikaupunki
The museums of Uusikaupunki
Summer opening hours
Mon–Fri from 10 am to 5 pm and
Sat–Sun from 12 pm to 3 pm
(other times Tue–Fri from 12 pm to 3 pm)
Groups at all times by agreement.
Other museums are only open during the summer season, check opening times online at uudenkaupunginmuseo.fi or from the museum office tel. +358 44 351 5447