Northern Ostrobothnia Museum
The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum focuses on the history of the city of Oulu, Northern Ostrobothnia and Finland, and tells their stories in a memorable way. With us you are never bored. Our exhibitions captivate kindergarten groups, teenagers and seniors alike. Children are guaranteed to enjoy the Koiramäki (Doghill) exhibition based on the popular children's books by Mauri Kunnas. The likeable miniature characters bring countryside life of old back to life. Listen to Doghill stories using earphones, try fitting dog ears on your head and play puppet theatre using hand puppets – and even the old feel young again.
"It is so nice that children also have something to do", says young mother Sini and continues: "The mouse chase and the Doghill exhibition are amazing!" "There is so much to see that we have to come again another day!", pensioners Pirkko and Pentti exclaim.
In the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum, years gone by come alive in an unforgettable way through objects, phenomena, famous persons and common people. Smell the tar, learn of adventures in the high seas and get to know working-class life in the Vaara district of old. This and much more is what makes the history of our fair city. The eye-catcher of our exhibition is a large miniature of the White City of the North as it was before the Second World War in 1938.
Our extensive permanent exhibition is built from the items and photographs in the museum's extensive collections. The museum's skilled researchers are in charge of planning the exhibitions. We give you entertainment and experiences that you cannot get anywhere else – at a very nice price. Museums are humankind's memory. Look closely, and you might see your own childhood or youth. Or do you feel your life is already something for museums? Our museum hosts numerous changing exhibitions every year. Everybody is welcome to our lectures and special events!
The cultural-historical provincial museum is located in the beautiful river delta of the Oulujoki River. The building, completed in 1931, was designed by architect Oiva Kallio. The stark architectural style of 1920s classicism is impressive in itself. All four floors of the building house exhibitions. Oulu's cultural cradle is located at the heart of the city in the Ainola Park and the Hupisaaret Islands. The rest of Luuppi's around-the-year attractions – Oulu Museum of Art and Science Centre Tietomaa – are within a short walking distance.
You can enjoy the museum by yourself, or you can book a guided tour for your group. We are here for you.
The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum was established in 1896. Since that, collecting, saving, cherishing and telling stories about the culture of Northern Ostrobothnia has been our number one task. Today we hold a collection of approximately 80,000 items and a large archive of photographs. Our work continues. To support it, you can also buy a piece of tradition to go with you. Our gift shop features products inspired by the museum's collections – perfect as gifts or presents.
Opening times and entrance fees
2.1.–3.6. Tue–Fri 9–16, Sat–Sun 10–17
4.6.–12.8. Tue–Sun 10–17
Exceptional opening times
16.8. 9–22 (The Night of Arts)
The museum shop is closed 10 min. ealier
First of May 1.5.
Independence Day 6.12.
Christmas time 24.–26.12.
Entrance fees to exhibitions (free entry to shop)
Standard price 6 €
Reductions (student, unemployed, pensioner) 4 €
Under 18 years free entry
Luuppi season pass 19 €
The 12-month Luuppi season ticket is an excellent gift for a friend or a relative who enjoys new experiences and discoveries – and nice to have for yourself as well. The Luuppi season ticket is valid for all Museum and Science Centre Luuppi destinations, and is valid for one year from first use.
Museum card 68 €
The national Museum Card is an excellent gift for everyone who loves art, history and museums. The Museum Card is a 365-day culture journey to more than 250 museums in Finland. Season tickets and Museum Cards are available from our gift shops and ticket desks.