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"Museums are for people, not for the items on display." The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum is in the service of day cares, schools and other educational institutions, university students, various organizations, clubs and other communities. Private citizens and families are also welcome to the museum.
The foundation of our public work is the basic exhibition which presents Northern Ostrobothnia's and Oulu's history. The exhibition covers a time period from prehistory to the present day.
On display is the founding of the City of Oulu, its development from a 17th century artisan town to a seafaring one in the 18th century, tar hub of the 19th and a modern technology city of the 20th century.

Item collections
As a basis for their operation, cultural history museums have in their collections genuinely old items. They enable the portrayal of a story or historical timeline.
A museum exhibition constructs and reconstructs the past. It therefore only presents a portrayal of the past, instead of an objective truth. Museums are science institutions and hence significant creators of our image of the past.
Museum collections can be supplemented and augmented with extra material: guided tours, publications or displays of work methods.

People of all ages are welcome to the museum
A well-designed and built exhibition connects the items and the information they hold to a memorable whole which serves every museum visitor.
The aim of a cultural history museum is to foster public awareness towards society and cultural heritage in people of all ages. It teaches children and young people to visit museums, but also spreads information and research to citizens of all ages.
Familiarizing oneself with new a culture or environment often begins with getting to know the past. When one explores the past, it becomes easier to also understand the phenomena of the present day. This is why museums are uniquely important disseminators of information on the past. When visiting a museum, one can observe not only by reading, but also by watching and listening, sometimes even touching.

Captions in English
The Nothern Ostrobothnia Museum features English captions in its exhibitions. There are several public computers through which one can further learn about Oulu's tar trade and seafaring era, the food economy, clothes culture, and the city town plan. All these are also in English.

You can book a guided tour for the museum's basic exhibition at
50 316 6497 or plan the visit beforehand with museum educator 
Arja Keskitalo at 
+358 44 703 7159 or arja.h.keskitalo(at)

The tour lasts about an hour, during which we can efficiently cover the whole basic exhibition. The tour can also be modified to suit the needs and interests of your group.

Fees for guided tours:

  • day care, school children and student groups
    10 am – 4.15 pm 30 €
  • other groups 
    10 am 
    – 4.15 pm 30 

Niilo Naakka has 12 stories on the city's history!

Watch, listen or read!
(In Finnish)