Admission with Museum Card

Ruisrock 1970 – How it all began

The Sibelius Museum, Turku

  • 10.3.2021–30.10.2021

Our new spring exhibition lets you take your shoes off, pack a tent and set off towards the oak woods of Ruissalo. In 1970, at Ruissalo’s Saaronniemi, Finland’s first rock festival – in the form we’ve come to know them today – was organized, complete with the camping areas, the food stalls and the masses of people.


Turku International Pop & Rock Festival, swiftly dubbed “Ruisrock” (due to its location on Ruissalo) by the youth, was one of the key experiences of the Finnish baby boomer generation. Youth from around the country, and around Europe, were drawn to Turku by the international feel of a rock festival. During the three days, the festival saw performances by artists from the other Nordic countries, Eastern Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, and of course, Finland. The organizers were expecting 5000 attendees, they got 38 000.

Ruisrock 1970 – How it all began tells you how the festival came to be, how everything felt and what it looked like that weekend in August 1970. What was it like to organize a festival nearly eight times larger than expected with no previous experience? The treasures from Antero Laiho’s home archives, photographs by Jouko Keto along with newspaper and film material from the time lead you to the world of peace and love, accompanied of course by music of the era. Come and experience the festival atmosphere from over 50 years ago!

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The Sibelius Museum
Piispankatu 17, 20500 Turku

050 337 6906, 050 362 5828

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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card

7/5€, ryhmät 5€/ hlö (väh.10), alle 18 v. ilmaiseksi
| 7/5€, grupper 5€/pers (minst 10), under 18 år gratis inträde
| 7/5€, groups 5€/person (min. 10), no entrance fee for under 18 years old

Payment methods

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Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 11:00-15:00
Thu 11:00-15:00
Fri 11:00-15:00
Sat 11:00-15:00
Sun Closed

The museum is closed 25-27.6, 24-26.12, 31.12.