Agates, orbicular granite, feldspar, kimberlite, diamonds, … The Eräjärvi Stone Museum hosts a wide and interesting selection of domestic and foreign stone types, including precious and ornamental stones as well as rare minerals. Run by the society Eräjärvi Seura, this special museum is located in a former granary, in the closed yard of the wooden church of Eräjärvi, completed in 1864.
Eräjärvi, now part of the town of Orivesi, has long traditions in the stone industry and stone processing. Phyllite mining was at its most active in the area at the turn of the 19th century, when whetstones were exported to Russia from the Grand Duchy of Finland. The mining of feldspar, which was exported to many countries in Europe, started in the 1930s, to provide raw material for the porcelain industry. Stone still provides employment in Eräjärvi. The museum showcases different stone types, minerals, and the history of the stone industry in the area. In addition, changing exhibitions related to art and history are prepared.
During your visit, you can also get acquainted with beautiful Finnish wooden church architecture. Eräjärvi Church, completed in 1821, was designed by Matti Åkergren, a famous church-builder from Eräjärvi. There is also an interesting museum at the Eräjärvi church. The churchyard has a sculpture by Aimo Tukiainen called Church Roosters.
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Photos © Miia Hinnerichsen, Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum 2011