Admission with Museum Card

Under Griffin Wings

The Museum of Kymenlaakso, Kotka

  • 15.5.2024–15.9.2024

Art from the collections of the UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation


Forests are an integral part of Finlands national culture. The forest industry has long been a patron of art and culture, and in Kymenlaakso, it has also had a great impact on the man-made cultural environment. The art collection of the UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation explores the significance of forests and the industrial history of Kymenlaakso.

Landscape painting has played a significant role in building Finnish identity and unity. Since the 1800s, a typical national landscape has been a wilderness or lake view in its natural state, depicted from an elevated angle. At the end of the 1800s, signs of technical and economic progress, such as road networks, ships, log floating channels with long bundles, and rapids suitable for electricity production, were also added to the landscapes.

The art collection of the UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation includes both artistically and nationally significant works that have, over more than a hundred years, come under the ownership of the companies preceding UPM-Kymmene (incl. Kymi). The UPM-Kymmene Cultural Foundation received the collection in 2006.

The exhibition is named after the company emblem that won the design competition held by Kymiyhti in 1899 and which is still used by UPM. Designed by Hugo Simberg, the emblem features the legendary griffin, half eagle and half lion.

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Museum contact details

The Museum of Kymenlaakso
Merikeskus Vellamo, Tornatorintie 99 , 48100 Kotka

040 350 0497

Museum website

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The Museum of Kymenlaakso, Merikeskus Vellamo, Tornatorintie 99 , 48100 Kotka


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Admission fees

Admission with Museum Card
Admission with Museum Card


Payment methods

Vellamossa kyvt kteinen, yleisimmt pankki- ja luottokortit, Museokortti ja Kaikukortti sek Smartumin, Epassin (mobiilisovellus) ja Edenredin kulttuuriedut.

Opening hours

Mon Closed
Tue 10:00-17:00
Wed 10:00-20:00
Thu 10:00-17:00
Fri 10:00-17:00
Sat 10:00-17:00
Sun 10:00-17:00

On Wednesdays 17-20 free admission to exhibitions. Exceptions to Vellamo's opening hours: https:/­/­www.merikeskusvellamo.fi/­en/­exceptions-to-opening-hours/­.

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