Tampere used to be at the heart of the Finnish textile industry. In its heyday, it was home to dozens of mills producing cotton, linen, wool and tricot. Appropriately housed in the old Finlayson cotton mill, once the cradle of the cotton industry in Finland, the Textile Industry Museum spins the tale of the many textile factories in Tampere.
A patchwork heaven welcomes the visitor to the world of fabrics. In addition to industrial history, the Textile Industry Museum takes the visitor to the early roots of textiles and to the era of Finnish traditional textiles. A rug, a flax shirt, and a tobacco bag take you back to the time when fabrics were made by hand.
At the museum, you can feel cotton, linen, wool and silk at your fingertips. The exhibition also shows how different fibres turn into yarn, and yarn into fabric, and finally fabric into end products. Feel the authentic atmosphere of this genuine factory hall with its machinery and hundreds of items related to the history of mills, enjoy the photographs and admire the roughly 3,000 products made in Tampere.
The Textile Industry Museum is part of the Labour Museum Werstas, which specialises in social history and working life. You can reach the entrance of Werstas on Väinö Linnan aukio either via Itäinen katu or through the café Nostalgia, in the Siberia Centre. During your visit, you can also explore the exhibitions of the Finnish Labour Museum and the Steam Engine Museum. The exhibition premises are on the first floor of the museum, and an information point and gift shop are found on the ground floor.