Step back in time and take a look at the everyday life of Tampere folk a century ago. The Amuri Museum of Workers’ Housing consists of five dwellings and four outbuildings. The dwellings, decorated as workers’ homes, show the living conditions in Tampere from the 1880s to 1970s. The museum also has a cobbler’s shop from 1906, a co-operative store from the 1930s, and a haberdashery from the 1940s. The communal sauna can be booked in advance for private use.
In Tampere, factory workers lived in the Amuri district. This area, filled with wooden housing blocks, was modernised in the 1960s to the 1980s. The only thing left of the old Amuri is this atmospheric museum with plenty of familiar and wonderful things to see for the whole family. Children have their own guided tours, and the museum also offers guided tours in several languages on Thursdays in June through August. More information is available on the museum’s Web site.
The museum café Amurin Helmi offers Tampere-style traditional baked goods all year round: +358 3 5656 6634 or amurin.helmi(at)tampere.fi. The café also displays changing exhibitions. Amuri was named after Amur, in Siberia. When Amuri was built, people thought it was far away from the city centre, just as the Amur area was on the other side of the Russian Empire. Today the museum is considered close to the centre, and it’s only a stone’s throw away from Särkänniemi Adventure Park.