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Located in Valkeakoski’s Sääksmäki district, Visavuori was the home and studio of sculptor Emil Wikström (1864–1942), now functioning as a museum. The residential building was completed in 1902 and the studio building a year later, in 1903. Visavuori has remained almost unchanged since the times when Wikström lived and worked there. The decor and artefacts in this exceptional timber dwelling are authentic and allow you to sense the atmosphere of an early-20th-century artistic home.

ruusutGardening was one of Wikström’s passions. The gardens of Visavuori, for both decorative and kitchen use, stretch far and wide, and Wikström also built himself a winter garden and a large greenhouse where he successfully grew fruit such as grapes and apricots. You can book a garden tour for a group at the ticket office.

Visavuori is also home to Kari’s Pavilion, a venue dedicated to cartoonist Kari Suomalainen (1920–1999), Wikström’s grandson. Displayed here are changing exhibits and exhibitions with diverse themes created from Suomalainen’s considerable body of work. Visiting artists’ works are shown in the downstairs exhibition space.

ruokasaliVisavuori has a charming museum café and a gift shop. The café is open every day in summertime, while in the winter it is open only by appointment for groups. Those with limited mobility should note that only Kari’s Pavilion is fully accessible and has a toilet with access for the disabled. The Visavuori gardens and museum grounds are not suitable for people with restricted mobility.

Finnish Silverline cruises stop at Visavuori in the summer, so you can combine your museum visit with a cruise and the beautiful scenery of the lakes Pyhäjärvi and Vanajavesi.

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Photos © Miia Hinnerichsen, Pirkanmaa Provincial Museum

Comments

  • Ohje says:

    “Jätä kommentti” toimii kuin sähköinen vieraskirja. Voit kertoa kokemuksiasi museosta, kehua tai antaa kehittämisehdotuksia. Kommentin voit jättää joko omalla nimelläsi tai nimimerkillä. Lähetettäessä kommentti tulee sivulle kaikkien Museokompassin käyttäjien luettavaksi. Asiattomat viestit poistetaan. Niistä voi ilmoittaa sivuston ylläpitäjälle sivun oikean alakulman “Lähetä palautetta” -lomakkeella tai sähköpostilla: anu.salmela(at)tampere.fi

  • santtu says:

    Aivan mahtava paikka, suosittelen kaikille. Opastetulla kierroksella on paljon hauskoja anekdootteja entisajan mestarin elämästä.

  • Taata says:

    Näyttelyt, opastus ja museohenki paranee vuosi vuodelta. Kannattaa käydä kokemassa!

  • alessandro says:

    Please, who is the author of the caricature of Sibelius and his cigars? Is an historical illustration?

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