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Nuutajrvi Glass Museum

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The museum, designed by Kaj Franck, is a work of art itself. Discover the history of the oldest glass factory in the country.

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Kaj Franck made his name as a designer of glass and ceramics, but he also designed the Nuutajrvi Glass Museum. The Prykri Glass Museum, as it is called, is located in the centre of Nuutajrvi Glass Village on the banks of the Nuutajoki River. The building, an impressive vaulted structure dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century, has been used for a variety of purposes over the years, including as a brewery. In this capacity, it supplied the glassworks employees with their daily ration of around 5 litres of beer. The building has also been used as a potash works, a metalworking shop, and for making moulds and crucibles.

Nuutajrvi glassworks was founded in 1793 and was the site of glass production for over 220 years, until glassmaking ceased in 2014. Increasing effort began to be put into making Nuutajrvi a tourist attraction in the 1970s, when the name Nuutajrvi Glass Village and new visitor services were introduced. Although Kaj Franck, who was Artistic Director of Nuutajrvi Glass between 1951 and 1976, was not interested in the commercial aspects of this effort, he was keen on the idea of having a showcase for Nuutajrvis historical collections. This resulted in the launch of the Nuutajrvi museum project. The museum was opened on the first ever Nuutajrvi Day in May 1977. The following summer, Franck mounted an exhibition at the museum featuring everyday items, ranging from washbasins to weights for fishing nets, made mainly out of glass by local people.

The Prykri Museum became part of Finlands Design Museum in 2000 but retains the original format created by Kaj Franck. It showcases many of the glassmaking treasures produced over the years at Nuutajrvi and provides a unique cross-section of activities at the glassworks, describing the centuries-long history of the site and the theory behind glassmaking techniques and displaying examples of locally produced works.

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Nuutajrven lasikyl, Pruukinraitti

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