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Top 5 places to visit as a culture lover

Porvoo has a generous offering of cultural activities. Are you interested in museums and art galleries displaying classical art or would you rather explore contemporary art? This list will help you on your way.

1. Porvoo Cathedral

Porvoo Cathedral

The Cathedral is dedicated to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The church took its present form at the end of the 15th century. Services are held in Finnish on Sundays at 10 am and in Swedish at 12 noon. The Cathedral can accommodate 750 people and it can be reserved for baptisms, marriage ceremonies and funerals at the Parish Office. For guided tours of the Cathedral and free concerts.

Opening hours:

1 May–30 Sept: Mon–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–2pm, Sun and public holidays 2–5 pm. 1 Oct–30 Apr: Tue–Sat 10am–2pm, Sun and public holidays 2–4 pm.

Please note that the Cathedral’s opening hours may change due to religious ceremonies or other events.

2. Porvoo Art Hall

The Art Factory

The Taidehalli Art Hall is simply overflowing with art! The exhibition space, Gallery Fikka and the Kulma gallery in the upper hall have monthly changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The permanent exhibition consisting of works from Yrjö A. Jäntti’s art collection displays Finnish art from the 1950s to the 1980s. The Konsta Art Lending Service both rents and sells works of art.

Porvoo Art Hall will open to the public 1.6. 

Open during summer, tue – fri 10am to 4pm, sat – sun 11am to 4pm

Art Factory, 2nd floor

Gallery Vanha Kappalaisentalo is located on the second floor of the white building

The gallery in the centre of Old Porvoo, by Raatihuoneentori Square is one of Porvoo’s most beautiful galleries. The spacious, bright rooms, painted deal floors and tiles stoves of the building, which dates back to the 18th century, help to create a nostalgic atmosphere for exhibitions. The Gallery arranges art exhibitions of high standard throughout the year.

4. J. L. Runeberg’s Home

Foto: Jussi Hellsten

Finland’s national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg and Fredrika Runeberg lived with their sons in Porvoo. In their house museum the works of art, Runeberg’s hunting weapons in the ‘fox skin room’, and the porcelain in the cupboards all serve as reminders of both everyday and social life of the family. In Fredrika’s garden the scent of roses, mock-orange and fruit trees fill the air in summer.

Opening hours

Winter season 1 Sep – 30 Apr, Wed–Sun 10 am – 4 pm.
Summer season 2 May – 31 Aug, Mon–Sun 10 am – 4 pm.

Entry fees

Adults 8 €. Reduced price 6 € for seniors, students, unemployed, and group members (min. 10 persons).
Free admission for children (under 18 years), and with Museum Card or ICOM Card.
Tickets include admission to Walter Runeberg’s Sculpture Collection, open during the summer season.

5. Porvoo Museum

Finland’s oldest Town Hall has exhibitions of works by masters of Finland’s Golden Age of art, production of top names in Finnish industrial arts, and historical exhibitions. Next to the Town Hall you will find the Holm House. The building was built in 1763 and it gives you an opportunity to see how a wealthy merchant family lived at the end of the 18th century. On the ground floor there are changing exhibitions and the Museum Shop.