A summer paradise for townsfolk, the Allotment Garden Museum is located within the Niihama Group Garden. The history of Niihama stems from that of an allotment garden that was established in Tampere’s Hatanpää area in 1916. In 1977, the allotments were moved to Niihama to make room for the growing city. With the allotments moved a museum cottage and two other cottages built on allotments in the 1920s. Today one of the cottages is decorated in its original style, one presents the development of the allotment ideology, and one holds museum artefacts.
The museum’s location amid lush greenery allows comparisons between the history of the allotments and their present day. The changes in life on the allotments are clear, as is the surviving tradition of summer vacationing, which was, and continues to be, central to this hobby.
Museum’s 10 Gems
Photos © Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum, Miia Hinnerichsen 2011