The Ruovesi Local History Museum is located on a ridge in the centre of Ruovesi. The museum consists of log buildings from the 17th to the 19th century. The first of these was moved to the site in 1932. The museum displays life on a medium-sized farm in northern Häme. Einar Palmén, a local physician, had the idea for the museum and began to collect items for it in the 1920s. The Ruovesi Local History Museum is one of the oldest open-air museums in Finland.
After visiting the museum, you can take a look at the other sights in Ruovesi, for example the church which dates to 1778. There is a large cemetary around the church and in one of its corners you can find a long wooden boat with 15 pairs of rowlocks that was used for church trips. From there you can descend to the harbor, which is a lively spot with many visitors and services. An over-100-years-old steamship “Tarjanne” stops at the docks during the summertime. From the harbor you can follow a nature trail and visit a nature reserve area and a spring named after the national poet of Finland, J.L. Runeberg.