Admission with Museum Card

Virtual exhibition: Before machines

The free-of-charge exhibition displays the farm work and related tools and implements of the era before agricultural machinery.


Before machines presents the work and activities of a self-sufficient household before mechanization. The exhibition introduces farming, livestock care, food preparation and storage, and handicrafts. The cultural diversity of our country is highlighted through objects collected from different parts of Finland.

In the age before machines, grain was sown by hand from baskets and bushels and human hands would cut the ripened grain with sickles and bind it in sheaves, make thread and yard from wool and flax with spindles, and use the axes that cleared slash-and-burn plots and felled timber for building. Draught animals, horses and oxen, helped in the heavy work in the fields. There was plenty of work to do and everyone was needed, from children to the elderly.

This exhibition is based on the collections of the former Museum of Agriculture of the University of Helsinki at Viikki in Helsinki. The oldest items among the over 600 exhibits date from the 18th century. Tools, implements, vessels, containers and other objects introduce visitors to the stages of slash-and-burn and arable farming from ploughing to harvesting. Along with work in the fields, the exhibition presents animal husbandry, work in the farmhouse and the farmyard and the auxiliary livelihoods of hunting, fishing, forestry and various handicrafts.

Go to the exhibition: https:/­/­digimuseo.fi/­en/­exhibitions/­before-machines/­

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Museum contact details

Finnish Museum of Agriculture Sarka
Vanhankirkontie 383, 32200 Loimaa

02 763 7700

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Finnish Museum of Agriculture Sarka, Vanhankirkontie 383, 32200 Loimaa


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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card


Payment methods

Kteinen, pankkikortit ja yleisimmt luottokortit sek Smartum, Edenred, ePassi ja Tyky+.

Opening hours

Mon 10:00-17:00
Tue 10:00-17:00
Wed 10:00-17:00
Thu 10:00-17:00
Fri 10:00-17:00
Sat 10:00-17:00
Sun 10:00-17:00

1.4.–30.6. every day 10 am – 5 pm, 1.–31.7 every day 10 am – 6 pm, 1.8.–30.9. every day 10 am – 5 pm,1.10.–31.3. Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm

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