The Aitoneva Peat Museum is located at an authentic peat extraction site that has been in use since 1942. Production at the site started as a state-run operation and was also under the ownership of Imatran Voima for some time in the 1960s. Since 1969, the site has been run by Vapo Oy, the state-owned fuel producer. The peat museum, housed in what used to be a canteen for the site, displays the stages of peat production, the uses of peat, and the history and potential development of the peat industry. Some aspects of the environmental management of mires are presented also. Outside the museum, you can admire an impressive collection of about 60 peat production machines. The oldest machines date back to the 1940s.
There is a trail in the museum’s immediate surroundings that takes the visitor through peat extraction areas that have become marshy and forested again. In the summer, a café managed by the Kihniö Museum Railway Association serves visitors.
There are some narrow doors inside the museum, and some of the terrain outside the museum is not easy to access. Visitors with disabilities may find it difficult to access all of the pieces of machinery and to follow the trail in the peat extraction area.
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Photos © Miia Hinnerichsen, Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum, 2011