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Country: Sweden
Population:74,005
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Umedalen Sculpture Park
One of Europe's most prestigious sculpture parks is located in Umeå, in the Umedalen district. The Umedalen area was established in the 1930s as a mental hospital but was phased out and sold by the County Council in 1987 to the real estate company Balticgruppen. Umedalen Sculpture park has one of Northern Europe’s leading sculpture collections, with over 40 pieces by artists such as Tony Cragg, Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley, Jaume Plensa and Anish Kapoor. The park is located in Umedalen, Umeå and opens all day, every day of the year. Free entry. https://visitumea.se/en/umedalens-skulpturpark
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Bildmuseet
Bildmuseet in Umea is a visual meeting place for the curious. The museum exhibits both national and international contemporary art not seen anywhere else in Sweden. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, graffiti, videos, installations, photojournalism, design, architecture and the visual world of science are presented in about 15 exhibitions per year. https://www.visitumea.se/en/book/to-do/a470526/bildmuseet/showdetails?sorting=aa&filter=t%3Dbild%3Bc%3D24264
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Vaesterbottens museum
Everyone who wants to learn more about life in Västerbotten and its history should visit Västerbottens museum.It tells how the Sami people populated the forests and mountains, how fishing peoples lived along the coast and about the importance of skis as a form of transport in this region. https://www.visitumea.se/en/book/to-do/a470539/vasterbottens-museum/showdetails?filter=t%3DV%C3%A4sterbottens%20museum%3Bc%3D24264
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Guitars the Museum
Umeå brothers Åhdén possess one of the world’s largest privately-owned collections of guitars. You can visit the experience-based exhibition of electric guitars, basses, amps and music accessories at Umeå Guitar Museum. Do not miss the guided tours! https://visitumea.se/en/guitars-museum
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Norrlandsoperan
The opera was founded more than 40 years ago and has evolved from a regional opera ensemble to a performing arts house with a broad range of activities. There is a symphony orchestra and departments for opera, dance, music and contemporary art. Visit Norrlandsoperan´s website for the current programme. https://visitumea.se/en/norrlandsoperan
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Terranova
In Terranova you can explore and experience the beautiful archipelago of the Kvarken area with all your senses. You can admire and listen to the sounds of all common birds singing, tap a seal and have a peek at our virtual aquarium, where you will see fishes of all sizes. The mosquitoes are buzzing in the insect room, where you will also find all the beautiful butterflies of the area. All the birds and mammals of the Kvarken area are found in the scientific collections of the nature centre. In the auditorium, you may look at nature films, including a film about the Ice Age and the local phenomenon of rising land, explained to you in a clear and fascinating way. Terranova also provides information about nature tourism and special interest activities in this unique landscape. You can look around by yourself or make a reservation for a guided tour beforehand. https://www.discoveringfinland.com/destination/terranova-kvarken-nature-centre/
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Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art
The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art was opened to the public in February 2007. The museum is situated in a former customs warehouse in the Inner Harbour of Vaasa. The building has 2,000 m² of space, which has been planned exclusively for museum activities. Thanks to the museum, both national and international exhibitions of modern and contemporary art are now a permanent feature of Vaasa’s artistic life. The base collection in the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art is the Kuntsi Foundation’s art collection – one of the most important classic collections of contemporary art in Finland covering pop art, kinetic art as well as committed art, informalism, surrealism, new expressionism, postmodernism… The more than 900 works forming the collection are a cross-section of modern art history, from international modernists to the Finnish artists of today. But most of all, it is the classic collection of Finnish contemporary art created in the 1950s and onward. The Kuntsi Collection is constantly growing and other nationally remarkable private collections are both deposited and donated in connection with it. Donations and depositions continue the work started by Consul Simo Kuntsi, and increase the importance of Vaasa in the modern and contemporary art world. Regular cooperation with other museums, artists and collectors in Finland and abroad further expands the museum’s operation as well as the exhibition offerings of the most topical art. https://www.discoveringfinland.com/destination/kuntsi-museum-of-modern-art/
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Bjoerkoe church
Björkö village church was built in 1859 and was named Maria, after the wife of Alexander II. The gallery was built in 1907, and the first organ was purchased a couple of years later. Before the village had its own church, the bible study cottage was used as a chapel. http://www.visitvaasa.fi/en/search/pages/sites.aspx?paikka=&pakti=1&a1akti=53
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Huutoniemi Church
The Huutoniemi Church, designed by Professor Aarno Ruusuvuori, was built in 1964 and represents the 1960s modernism, minimalist architecture. The church was renovated in 2001. https://www.vaasaevl.fi/tilat/kirkot/huutoniemen-kirkko
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The Brages open-air museum
The museum that shows and lives in Finland-Finnish culture. http://vasabrage.fi/sv/
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Air Museum F 21
Air Museum F 21 lies just outside the guard of the Norrbotten Air Fleet, F 21. The exhibitions at the Air Museum describe the air defence of Upper Norrland from the early 1940s with the region's often extreme climate. The collections reflect a wide range of different stages in the history of F 21 from 1941 onwards. The service it previously performed, the various aircraft types that the F 21 has provided, and examples of the development of the equipment in the Air Force and in the operations conducted within the F 21 since its inception in 1941. The indoor exhibition shows the development in ten-year intervals, as well as objects and photographs from most of the departments that were on an airline, including air surveillance. The museum has four special exhibitions: 1. F 19, the Swedish Voluntary Air Navy's operations in Finland during the winter war 1939-40. 2. Flight operation The Balch were from Kallax, with American flights, rescued Northern Norway via air transport of troops and equipment. 3. "Emergency landings and crashes in Norrbotten during World War II 1939-1945. 4. On the Cold War and its impact on the air defence and F 21. https://visitlulea.se/sv/se-goera/destination/flygmuseet-f-21-1
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Merlo Castle
Merlo Castle, or Villa Merlo, as it's really called, was built to serve as a summer residence for the mighty Bünsow, and did it until his death in 1897. Today you will find SCA's central archive here. http://guide.visitsundsvall.se/sv/se-gora/a1466172/merlo-slott/detaljer?filter=c%3D1578
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Balingeberget
Balingeberget is an easily accessible nature reserve in the village of Bälinge, located about 1.5 km west of Luleå. When the surface of the earth gradually returned to its shape, one day the peak of Bälingeberget seemed like a small island in the sea. In a few millennia, the island grew into a whole mountain as the waves of the sea hit the mountain. Even today it appears that the rock has been exposed to sea storms. On the way to the summit in the nature reserve, you pass over the remains of pebbles that show the melting of the inland ice, ancient beach walls, large mountain caves, etc. For visitors, Balingeberget feels like a Wilderness area with a rich wildlife and plant life. Here there are plenty of fireplaces with firewood, a rest cottage and about 6km of the hiking trail to go after. A trail goes up to the top of the mountain as well as around the mountain. At the top, there is a nice view of Luleå and the river. Height: 139m above sea level. https://visitlulea.se/sv/se-goera/destination/baelingeberget-1
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Arcusbadet
Arcusbadet is a popular outdoor pool area found at First Camp Luleå. It entertains people of all ages! There is an awesome water park with a wave machine and a long water slide. When your stomach starts to rumble, you can visit the grill room which offers burgers and sausages, or the kiosk selling ice cream, candy, drinks and pool toys. If you do not want to swim you can enjoy yourself in the Arcadium, play some volleyball or try the jumping pads. On-site there are changing rooms, toilets and outdoor showers. There is also access to smaller storage boxes for your valuables. The bath is open for everyone and as a guest at First Camp, you get a favourable price on the entry. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/arcusbadet
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Norrbottens Museum
Norrbottens museum is located in Luleå center. It is a county museum characterized by the 10 000-year-old history and multicultural environment of Swedish Lapland. You can also visit their café or buy traditional handicraft and literature from the museum shop. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/norrbottens-museum
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Bothnia Railway Museum
The Bothnia Railway Museum is one of the largest railway museums in Sweden. It recreates historic railway environments on the very place where once iron ore was smelted in Luleå Järnverk, surrounded by the village of Karlsvik. Ore and other goods were transported on the privately-owned Gammelstad - Karlsvikshyttans Järnväg (GKJ), now with historic trains, from the mainline Malmbanan, a remarkable railway in many aspects. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/norrbottens-jaernvaegsmuseum
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Lulea Cathedral
Luleå Cathedral is a brick cathedral built in neo-Gothic style. When the church was dedicated in 1893, it was called Oscar Fredrik’s Church, after King Oscar II. In 1904, it was renamed Luleå Cathedral when the Luleå diocese was formed. The architect who designed the cathedral was Adolf Emil Melander from Stockholm. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/luleaa-domkyrka
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360 Trampoline Center
Visit 360 Trampoline Center at Luleås mall center, Storheden, where the park is located right in the middle of the shopping district. The park has 2200 sq meters and the major part is packed with activities. It offers the best and most exciting activities a trampoline park can deliver. Besides attractions, it also offers party rooms and business events as well as a larger section for snacks, lighter meals and coffee in a welcoming atmosphere. The trampoline park is an activity for various occasions and ages. It is an exciting and energy-demanding Entertainment for the entire family, business event, school class activity, the sports team, beginners and advanced acrobat athletes who want to burn off some extra calories while having lots of fun. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/360-trampoline-center
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Teknikens Hus
Welcome to Teknikens Hus -a whole world of technology and an exciting place for the curious of all ages. Come make your own paper, navigate the remote-controlled boats through the harbour or launch the rocket right out into space! Daily family workshops, guided planetarium shows and water rocket launches. Open all year round, Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. Activities in the park during summer hours, from Monday after midsummer - mid-August. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/teknikens-hus-luleaa-science-center
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Hertsotrasket
Welcome to Hertsöträsket! The latest lake in the Luleå area to be stocked with fish is Hertsöträsket, just near the Hertsön housing area. The City of Luleå Department of Recreation has stocked the lake with char and rainbow trout over the past few years. You can also catch perch and pike. There are walking trails around the lake and cabins, wind shelters and picnic areas. The lake is also accessible to disabled visitors in wheelchairs. Fishing permits are available at the following places: The Luleå Tourism Office, the TEAM Sportia shop, the Vildmark shop and Råneå Citizens Office. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/hertsoetraesket
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Gammelstad Church Town
Gammelstad Church Town was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996, and is thereby covered by "The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage". The objects on the World Heritage List all bear unique testimony to the history of the world and mankind. They are invaluable to humanity and must be preserved for posterity. The list contains about 750 cultural and natural environments of which the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and Sveaborg outside Helsinki are among the better known. As well as Gammelstad Church Town, Norrbotten also has the World Heritage Laponia, which is the largest area of wilderness in Europe. Gammelstad is an outstanding example of a Northern Scandinavian church town. More than 400 cottages, which were used on Sundays and during major religious festivals, markets and local courts, are grouped around the late medieval stone church in Gammelstad. The cottages served as an overnight stop for parishioners who lived too far away to make the journey to the church and back in one day. The City of Luleå was founded around the old church in the 17th century. Today Gammelstad consists of a unique assortment of church cottages, year-round dwellings and public buildings. The church cottages are still used in a traditional way. https://visitlulea.se/en/see-do/destination/gammelstads-kyrkstad-vaerldsarv
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Open-Air Museum Haegnan
The open-air museum Hägnan is a cultural-history open-air museum, a living "in the past" and a wonderful place for group activities all year round. During the summer season, Hägnan is open to the public every day 11-17 and in the farms, populated with time-dressed people, you are moved back in time. Experience how people in rural areas lived in the world before and gladly reflect on the development of society for good and evil! Or simply enjoy the pleasant environment, watch the animals in the gardens, go on stilts or play with the children. https://visitlulea.se/sv/se-goera/destination/friluftsmuseet-haegnan
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Melderstein Mansion
Melderstein Manor is in a scenic location on Road 760, 12 km from Råneå and the E 4. The communities of Luleå, Boden and Kalix are only 50 km away. The old works environment surrounding Melderstein Manor has a special harmony and atmosphere. http://visitlulea.se/en/besoekare/tellus/377871/Melderstein-Mansion/
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Vikbron
Vikbron is Sweden's longest wooden bridge of its kind. Its beautiful wooden structure spans its 133 meters above Ljungan's shiny water. The bridge is open to pedestrians and the beautiful environment in the area makes the bridge well worth a visit. http://guide.visitsundsvall.se/sv/se-gora/a102276/vikbron/detaljer?filter=c%3D1578
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Reposaari Fortress
A coastal defence system in Reposaari, Pori, built in the 1930s. Reposaari fortress is a coastal defence system in Reposaari, Pori, built in the 1930s. The fortress is situated in the southern part of the island, west of the Reposaari village. In total, the area covers approximately 20 hectares. The fortress comprises two gun emplacements, two ammunition warehouses, three crew and medical bunkers, fire control post, observation tower and trenches connecting them. The concrete gun emplacements, ammunition warehouses and fire control post are original. The wooden bunkers and an observation tower were rebuilt in the 1990s and 2000s, as were the timber walls of the connecting trenches. The fortress was originally the coastal battery of the Reposaari naval civil guard, and it was built by volunteers in 1935. The construction of the battery was funded by Werner Hacklin, and as far as is known, it is the only privately funded coastal battery in Finland. Its purpose was to protect the port of Pori, as well as the city itself. The battery was controlled by the naval civil guard until the mobilisation of autumn 1939, when the Finnish Defence Forces assumed its control. At the same time, the battery was expanded into a fortress. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/reposaari-fortress-2855
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Noormarkku Church
Built in the same location where the previous wooden church burned down in the turmoil of the Civil War. Ignited by Civil War artillery fire on Easter Saturday, 30 March 1918, the church burned down with its archives and original pauper statue, library in the sacristy and Elin Danielson-Gambog’s altarpiece “Jesus and the sinful woman” (1899), donated by Eva Ahlström. Due to financial reasons, the construction of the new church did not begin earlier than 15 years after the previous one burned down. With a grant from A. Ahlström Oy, Armas Lindgren drew the church in mediaeval style, and the current church was built in 1931–1933. The church was renovated in 1989 according to plans prepared by the architect Carl-Johan Slotte. The church built of Noormarkku granite has seating for approximately 500. Built in the mediaeval Finnish style as a single-nave church, the church was listed as a conservation site by the Finnish Heritage Agency in 2002. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/noormarkku-church-2617
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Bothnian Sea National Park
Feel the surf and spindrift of the sea, listen to the ripple of the waves and look far to the open sea! Established in 2011, the Bothnian Sea National Park comprises approximately 160 km of the coast of Satakunta and Southwest Finland. The National Park extends from Luvia to Merikarvia in the Pori region, and it is mainly located in the outer archipelago. 98% of the area of the Bothnian Sea National Park is water, so the park offers a magnificent open landscape for even several days’ trips by sail or motorboat. See and experience the rugged and rocky outer archipelago with its sea-buckthorn bushes and blooming shore meadows. You can berth at the park’s islands and camp for short periods. There are resting and campfire places on the islands. There are also several excursion harbours in the National Park area to visit, such as Munakari, Iso-Enskeri and Seliskeri, Säppi in Luvia and Ouraluoto in Merikarvia. The lighthouse on the island of Säppi in Luvia was built in the 19th century. In addition, you can admire the heritage landscape, rare mouflon and migratory birds on the island. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/bothnian-sea-national-park-2854
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Hanhipuisto Park
Hanhipuisto park was originally set up in 1988 on a dredged soil deposit site. Extensive rebuilding work has turned the former sedimentation basins into a park where horizontal dimensions are used to highlight the vegetation on display. The total area of the Hanhipuisto park is around 16 hectares, of which 8.9 hectares comprises built-up parkland. https://www.visityyteri.fi/en/palvelut/hanhipuisto-park/
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Juselius Mausoleum
One of Pori’s most popular sights. Jusélius Mausoleum is located at the Käppärä Cemetery. It is one of Pori’s most popular sights and part of the Pori National Urban Park. The mausoleum was commissioned by local industrialist Fritz Arthur Jusélius for his daughter Sigrid, who died of tuberculosis, to be her last place of rest. Sigrid and Fritz Arthur Jusélius’ sarcophagi are on display in the mausoleum. Sigrid’s mother and sister are buried in the family grave close to the small chapel. The grave of Jusélius’ second wife is also close to the small chapel, and his third wife is buried next to the mausoleum. The Gothic Revival mausoleum was designed by the renowned church architect Josef Stenbäck. The ground slab of the mausoleum was cast in the beginning of the 20th century. Originally, the mausoleum was decorated with frescoes painted by Akseli Gallen-Kallela. However, the frescos began to deteriorate already in 1903. After the condition of the frescoes in the central hall became very poor, they were replaced one at a time with bronze reliefs by the sculptor Emil Cedercreutz by 1925. The current frescos were painted by artist Jorma Gallen-Kallela during 1933–1939 after drafts by his father, Akseli Gallen-Kallela. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/juselius-mausoleum-2531
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Satakunta Museum
A history museum with exhibitions on the history of Satakunta and Pori. There are also exhibitions on other themes in the Museum’s exhibition space Sali. The Museum is also home to lectures, concerts and other events. The new, highly expected exhibition Elon merkkejä (Signs of life) offers an experience-laden journey to life in Pori and Satakunta from the Stone Age to the present day. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/satakunta-museum-2500
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Pori Art Museum
A museum of contemporary art built around Professor Maire Gullichsen’s collection in 1981. Pori Art Museum is a museum of contemporary art built around Professor Maire Gullichsen’s collection in 1981, showcasing the most recent trends in Finnish and international art. Constructivism, Fluxus and the trends in land and conceptual art have shown the way for exploring new phenomena. Functioning as the regional art museum of Satakunta, the collections and archives of the museum focus on modern and contemporary art. Pedagogic activities serve customers of all ages and help in finding new approaches to art and visual culture. The museum shop serves art lovers and professionals. The range of art literature related to the exhibitions and collections includes publications of international museums and artists, art magazines and art theory literature. The museum’s own series of exhibition and research publications cover phenomena in art from modernism to contemporary art. At the museum shop, you can also find gifts, cards and accessories connected to the exhibition themes, as well as high-quality art supplies. The museum is located in the lobby of the Art Museum, and it is open when the museum is. You can also pop in the shop without a museum ticket. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/pori-art-museum-2529
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Pori Old Town Hall
Presents Neoclassicism and it is one of the few buildings that survived the 1852 fire. One of the most valued buildings in Pori is the Old Town Hall designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, completed in 1841. Situated in the city centre on Hallituskatu. The English-style Old Town Hall Park located in front of it is one of the oldest parks in the city, and the location was originally home to a market square until the late 19th century. The Old Town Hall originally housed the city’s administration and courts; nowadays, the premises are used for dignified occasions. There is a restaurant in the basement. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/pori-old-town-hall-2867
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Keski-Pori Church
The pretty Neo-Gothic church of Keski-Pori is in a beautiful setting on the shore of the river Kokemäenjoki. Known for its unusual cast-iron tower, the church was inaugurated in 1863. http://www.maisa.fi/en/tourist/to-see-and-do/keski-pori-church
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Rosenlew Museum
The Museum presents and stores the industrial cultural heritage of Satakunta province. The Rosenlew Museum of the Satakunta Museum is located in Pori’s Aittaluoto district, next to a traditional industrial area. The museum building is the state’s granary completed in the 1860s, preserved due to its cultural and historical value. The basic exhibition of the Rosenlew museum showcases the history and production of the Rosenlew company. There are also items and photographs related to working and the leisure time of Rosenlew employees on display. The company that operated in the ownership of the Rosenlew family (1853–1987) was one of the biggest industrial companies in Finland and a significant provider of employment in Pori and the Satakunta region on the whole. https://www.visitpori.fi/en/rosenlew-museum-2511
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Oulu Market Hall
When you arrive at the Market square, the local Toripolliisi (Market square policeman) welcomes you. At market square, you can get to know the products and visit the old granaries, which serve as gifts shops, clothes and shoe stores as well as lovely cafeterias and restaurants. In the traditional market hall you can buy fresh bread, meat and fish. Market square also has numerous markets. Market square, granaries and market hall is a great place to just walk around, enjoy refreshments as well as find souvenirs and presents. https://www.discoveringfinland.com/destination/oulu-market-square-hall/
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Northern Ostrobothnia Museum
The Northern Ostrobothnia museum (Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Museo in Finnish) was founded in 1896 by the Museum Society which donated the museum to the City of Oulu in 1969. The museum’s region of interest is the City of Oulu and Northern Ostrobothnia of Finland. The culturally historic county museum is located in Ainola Park. The building is designed by architect Oiva Kallio and completed in 1931. http://www.discoveringfinland.com/destination/northern-ostrobothnia-museum/
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Oulu Museum of Art
The Oulu Museum of Art’s changing exhibitions focuses on topical contemporary art without forgetting local and regional perspectives. The art museum’s second floor is home to themed collections. Visit our website to find out more about our broad variety of public events and workshops. Our museum shop, Ainoa, offers a range of top-quality, distinctive gift items and interior decoration products for people of all ages. The Oulu Museum of Art is one of the Museum and Science Centre Luuppi sites. https://visitoulu.fi/en/tuote/oulu-museum-of-art-2/
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Tietomaa Science Centre
Science Centre Tietomaa has given unforgettable experiences to visitors since 1988. Finland’s first science centre is the perfect place for learning, enjoying yourself, putting your brain and body at test or simply spending some time engaging in entertaining exploration. Science Centre Tietomaa is a household name in Oulu and the entire Northern Finland. It has been one of the best-known attractions in Oulu for years. Many generations have visited it with school groups or their families with more than one million total visits to date – and many come back year after year. The themed exhibitions of the Science Centre Tietomaa feature more than 150 hands-on attractions and demonstrations. New exhibitions are opened every year, and the highlights of past exhibitions become part of the permanent exhibition. Our exhibitions explore different fields of science and technology and give food for thought for all audiences. The sea-themed exhibition called M.O.B. gives you a taste of saltwater and breathtaking speed. Try out hand in magic sand landscapes, test your skill in a sailing competition and try the speedboat simulator – but do not make yourself seasick! http://www.discoveringfinland.com/destination/tietomaa-science-centre/