Nokia is known as an industrial town, but its roots are in agriculture. These worlds meet at the museums of Nokia. One of the museums in Nokia is the Hinttala farm, which showcases items related to local history. There is a café at the farm. Another exhibit comprises workers’ cottages beside the Viikinharju ridge, on the other side of the road Nokian valtatie. The Hinttala museum is fully accessible to people with limited mobility, while only the yard of the Workers’ Housing Museum is.
The Hinttala homestead comprises a cottage (1839) and a house (1852), as well as a loft storehouse, a shed, and a carriage house. The oldest dwelling in the yard, which is still in its original location, is the same age as the church on the hill and the vicarage behind the church. Additionally, a sauna, a row of storehouses, and a granary have been brought to the area. Over the course of its history, the main building in Hinttala has served as a venue for town meetings and as a school. Today, the Hinttala farm is a summery meeting place for people of all ages where you can take part in events and weekly activities. Changing exhibitions are held in the storehouses through the summer.
In the workers’ cottages, on the other side of Nokian valtatie, you get to step into the lives of Nokia’s early industrial workers. Brought to the area, the buildings that make up the Workers’ Housing Museum are typical dwellings furnished in period style. One cottage displays clothes made from the felt used in paper machines.