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. 

"It is so nice that children also have something to do", says young mother Sini and continues: "The mouse chase is 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? 

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.

Keeping the tradition for 120 years

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.