Travel a village road with shops and craftsmen. The Kuokkala Museum is a local history museum in an authentic setting with many small special museums: a shop museum, a barber museum, a shoemaker’s shop, a blacksmith’s workshop with a section for transport equipment, the war veterans’ Heritage Chamber, and the hut of Kustaa Puskema. The most noteworthy of these is the shop museum, keeping alive one of the oldest shops in Lempäälä, built by Kuisma Kuismin, from the Viena Karelia area, in the early 20th century. Aleksanteri Eskola was the shopkeeper here, in 1913–1974, until he was 90 years old.
The museum has many stairs and high thresholds, so it is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. In the vicinity of the museum road is the Sakkola Museum, displaying the culture of resettled Karelians, as well as the restaurant Villa Hakkari. The restaurant is in an old mansion, surrounded by beautiful gardens. In the summertime, open-air theatre performances are held in the area.
In June and July there is the blacksmith in the workshop on Saturdays.
Museum’s 10 Gems
Photos © Kuokkalan museoraitti, 2010