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Lahti Historical Museum will open on June 6th

The historical museum will open on June 6th, 2024, with two new exhibitions. The museum will be an essential part of the cultural heritage and identity of Päijänne-Tavastia.

– The historical museum aims to be a source of knowledge and help the public understand the present in the light of the past. The renewed museum offers insights and experiences for everyone, says Ilkka Kuhanen, project manager of the museum renovation.

The museum’s new leading exhibition is called A favourable place. It delves into the everyday history of Päijänne-Tavastia from the post-Ice Age period to the present day. Mikko-Olavi Seppälä, a professor of theatre history at the University of Helsinki, scripted the exhibition with contributions from various researchers. New research presents the history of Päijät-Häme in a new way.

A favourable place combines a historical manor setting with a digital and immersive exhibition experience, offering opportunities for identification for the whole family, including experts. The exhibition also includes rotating sections, such as small exhibitions as well as a replica of ancient clothing.

The seconf exhibition Kotiin (eng. to home) tells the journey of evacuation and the story of leaving home. It was created by a group of artists: photographer and researcher Hanna Koikkalainen, comic artist Hanneriina Moisheiten, and musician Anne-Mari KivimäkiIlkka Kuhanen curated the exhibition.

Alongside the new exhibitions, the renewed museum will provide bookable meeting rooms and space for events. For example, the third floor will have a collaborative workspace for classes and groups. 

The museum’s renovation, updates to exhibition spaces, and park renovation have been part of the overall renovation. The museum’s traditional armoury has also been renovated and will open along with the museum.

– The Historical Museum offers a journey through time to the past. It brings the past and future to life and offers experiences and new knowledge about our region’s history. Warmly welcome to visit this summer, says exhibition manager Päivi Roivainen.

Artificial intelligence has been used to assist in translating this text from the original article.

Lahti Historical Museum