Sheep, horses, rural buildings, open fields, wooded pastures, and meadows with junipers. There is an authentic rural idyll only a few kilometres from the centre of Pirkkala and the Tampere–Pirkkala airport. The Pirkkala local history museum is in the beautiful Reipinniemi recreation area. The yard of the old Reippi farm, as well as its horse pastures and sheep enclosures, are part of the museum area. The area is kept in its original state to allow visitors to experience what life in Pirkkala was like only 50 years ago.
The open-air museum includes three storehouses, two barns, a workshop, and a shed, which were brought to the site from different parts of Pirkkala. The storehouses showcase rustic artefacts from the late 19th and the 20th century related to rural sources of livelihood, a food-based economy, and handicrafts. Vehicles are displayed in the shed, there are blacksmith’s tools in the workshop, and in the smoke sauna you can smell the authentic sauna scents. In addition, Reippi has a school museum collection, chronicling education in the olden days. Events are held at the museum in summertime.
Nearby, you will find the Reippi Farm, home to landrace horses, cows, sheep and hens. Its outdoor café is open on summer Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4pm.
The nearby beach and sauna provide visitors with relaxation and kiosk services.
Museum’s 10 Gems
Photos © Hilkka Rantala, 2010