The historical area of Törnävä comes to life - Visit Seinäjoki
Näyttelijöitä seisomassa Törnävän kartanon portailla historiallisissa rooliasuissaan

The historical area of Törnävä comes to life

Törnävän museoalue, Törnäväntie 23

The summer at Törnävän Museum Area is filled with echoes of history. This summer, the highlight at Törnävän is the offerings of the museum area and the Törnävän Manor’s summer café. As you arrive at the Törnävän Museum Area, you’ll step into the atmosphere of the 1800s. The beautiful park-like museum area of Törnävän, with its numerous buildings, invites everyone to explore the history of Seinäjoki.

You can find the cultural experiences of Törnävän Kartano and the museum area all gathered here – https://www.seinajoki.fi/etusivu/tornavan-kartano/

The café housed within the magnificent estate provides a splendid opportunity to immerse oneself in the aristocratic ambiance of Törnävä while indulging in delicacies. The doors of the manor café open on from Wednesday to Saturday. Weekdays from 12 PM to 6 PM and Saturdays from 12 PM to 5 PM. The Manor café will be closed during Midsummer and the Provinssi festival. The café is run by Lotta Sokero, who crafts the delectable pastries in the manor’s renovated kitchen.

Nuori nainen esittelee lautasella olevaa kakkupalaa, hän on pukeutunut historialliseen mustavalkoiseen tarjoilijan asuun

How about a delightfully delicious strawberry cake, chocolate pastry, sugared doughnut, or creamy ice cream drizzled with special spruce shoot syrup? The manor café’s offerings comprise traditional flavors that would have also pleased the manor’s former aristocratic residents. The splendid ambiance of the manor is evident in its gilded decorations and once opulent, colorfully patterned wallpapers. On the benches in the manor’s backyard, savory and sweet delicacies are enjoyed while admiring the garden’s roses and other meticulously tended plantings.

Among the beautiful buildings of the museum area, one is the Kivinavetta, known as the South Ostrobothnia Museum, which is housed in the original barn of the manor. The South Ostrobothnia Museum presents the history of the region and Seinäjoki in its ‘Mihinä me ollahan?’ (Where Are We?) core exhibition. On the second floor of the building, you’ll find the space for temporary exhibitions, known as the Vinttigalleria.

Pieni poika puhaltaa voikukkan siemeniä ulkona

The manor’s old dairy, Keidas, has been renovated as part of the museum experience, offering a nature and geology exhibition. The bright pink Punatulkku buildings in Törnävän Kartano’s courtyard include the overseer’s cottage, artisan workshops, and a rural pharmacy. The museum area is divided by a road, on one side of which stands the Liinamaantupa with its outbuildings. The best way to explore the museum’s buildings is through guided tours led by knowledgeable museum staff.

For larger groups, you can arrange guided tours here – https://www.seinajoki.fi/kulttuuri-ja-liikunta/museo/tervetuloa-museoon/opastukset-ja-mobiilioppaat/

The grand red Liinamaantupa is filled with 19th-century artifacts that tell the story of rural life. Lavishly decorated furniture, rye bread hanging from the ceiling, and handicrafts are carefully arranged, with the intention of preserving the feeling that the inhabitants of the cottage never truly left their home. The Liinamaantupa, along with its outbuildings and the splendid windmill, have been relocated to the museum area from the surrounding region. Each building in the museum area holds its own significance and exudes the stories of the everyday life of those who lived in the area.

Hiekkatie jonka vierellä vehreää puustoa ja nurmea, johtaa kohti Törnävän keltaista kartanoa, kartanon edessä seisoo historiallisesti pukeutuneet näyttelijjät esittäen kartanon herraa ja rouvaa

The stately yellow Törnävän Kartano (Törnävä Manor) has witnessed many phases over the years. Within its walls, several families have lived, each leaving behind intriguing and even mysterious stories.

The beautiful nature is one of the highlights of Törnävän Museum Area. The Seinäjoki River flows behind the manor. In 1798, a merchant from Vaasa named Abraham Wasastjerna gazed at the flow of the river and measured the radiant green forest with his eyes. He had a vision to establish an ironworks in that location. About three kilometers away from where Abraham contemplated his plans stood a small village named Seinäjoki. The manor, built in 1806, was once the hub of South Ostrobothnia’s agriculture, and it became the home of Abraham Wasastjerna’s descendants who settled in Seinäjoki.

Törnävän kartanon pihapiiriä, kartanon julkisivu sekä vaaleanpunainen lisärakennus

Photographs and text by Ilta Lahti @ilta.lauriina

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