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Mateli Kuivalatar- exhibition

Parppeinvaara poem village, Ilomantsi

  • 1.6.2012–31.12.2020

Small exhibition of rune singer Mateli Kuivalatar is inside the museum buildings from Mateli´s birth home.


Elias Lönnrot, the collector of traditional Finnish poetry, visited Mateli Kuivalatar in 1838. Lönnrot spent two days writing down Mateli's poems. The visit had a great impact on what was to be included in the Kanteletar, a collection of folk poetry. Some of the poems sung by Mateli are also found in the Kalevala.

Mateli's lyrical ditties were melancholy poetry in which she tells about her life and fate. A quote from Elias Lönnrot compares Mateli's poetry to "a delicate rosa carelica, the rose of Karelia, soft smelling, growing in the wild."

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Museum contact details

Parppeinvaara poem village
Parppeintie 4 C, 82900 Ilomantsi

050 375 8787

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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card

8/6/0 €

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Käteinen, yleisimmät pankki- ja luottokortit.

Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-16:00
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-17:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun Closed

In winter 1.9.2020-31.5.2021 on Wednesdays at 12-16. In summer open daily, June and August 11-17, July 10-18