Research and Collections - Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo - Oulun kaupunki

Research and Collections Research and Collections

The Northern Ostrobothnia Museum collects items and photographs manufactured and/or used in the Northern Ostrobothnia region.

The acquisition of items from the 19th century or before is becoming increasingly rare. Items from the 20th century are also of great interest to us, especially furniture and tableware from the 1970s and 80s. These are mostly non-local products. In the process of documenting the present, we also acquire hot new products such as Harry Potter or Angry Birds toys.

The majority of our museum's collections are from donations. Occasionally we purchase items missing from our collections that we have deemed essential.

The museum has a plan according to which the collections are grown. Some items that we already have in our collections may be acquired to a separate collection which can be loaned out to, for example, schools for various projects or to be used in exhibitions as items the public can interact with.

Researcher Eija Konttijärvi at work

The foundation of museum work is item and photograph research. The phase of work after which an object becomes a museum item is called cataloguing. In this phase, the object is registered a number and information on manufacture and use are recorded. Next, the item's physical dimensions are measured, it is photographed, and a written description of the item is made. Relevant literature and internet sources are reviewed if necessary.
Since fall of 2011, the Northern Ostrobothnia Museum has used the WebMusket museum database software.
Catalogued items can either be on display in the basic exhibition or in the changing exhibitions. The majority of items in our collections are stored in the museum's collection storage.
Assessing the monetary value of items is not part of our work.
A museum item's worth is not connected to its possible commercial value. The item itself is not valuable. What makes it special is its meaning to people, which can depend on, for example:
  • the method of manufacture
  • the story behind the item: its maker, who used it
  • history of use: when it was used, what the world was like back then

If you wish to donate items, please first contact researcher Eija Konttijärvi at +358 44 703 7184 or eija.konttijarvi(at)

For photographic collection inqueries and donations, contact archivist 
Meeri Rauhala at
+358 44 703 7160 or meeri.rauhala(at)