Aboa Vetus – Old Turku
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku
Aboa Vetus, the only archaeological museum in Finland, is a town quarter discovered underground.
The story of the only archaeological museum in Finland began in the 1990s, as a result of archaeological excavations conducted on the site. The 600-year-old area of excavated ruins was preserved in situ so that it could be displayed to the public.
In the underground museum Aboa Vetus you can see the remains of six medieval stonebuilt houses and walk along the Convent Riverfront, an early street. The remaining structures and archaeological findings provide us with a lot of information about the past of the museum site and its inhabitants over the centuries.
The museum’s archaeological research on the site is still ongoing. During the Middle Ages, the impressive stone-built houses in the Convent Quarter were inhabited by wealthy merchants. Turku was the second largest town in the realm of Sweden and a significant commercial, religious and administrative centre.
There is so much to explore for visitors of all ages. You can experience the past by doing things yourself or by playing. Write on a wax tablet, spin a whirligig or play with the dolls’ house that represents a merchant’s house!
In Bony Tales you can try to identify bones and learn about the history of animals. Can you find a cat playing with a ball of wool? The exhibition also enlightens visitors about the work of archaeologists and how we perceive history.
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Museum contact details
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Itäinen Rantakatu 4-6, 20700 Turku
0207 181 640
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Accessibility [the criteria]
- Accessible toilet
- Guided tours for special groups by request
- Restricted accessibility: Ars Novan voi pyörätuolilla kiertää kokonaan, mutta Aboa Vetuksesta pystyy katsomaan vain noin neljänneksen johtuen museon sijoittumisesta keskiaikaisten rakennusten keskelle.
- Tactile objects