The Wolkoff House Museum

Kauppakatu 26, Lappeenranta

Opening hours

Winter season:
4 Mar - 4 June and 26 Aug - 3 Dec 2017
Sat - Sun 11 am -5 pm


Admission
Adults €8
Pensioners, students, the unemployed €7
Free admission to those under the age of 18

Summer season:
5 June - 20 August 2017
Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm
Sat - Sun 11 am - 5 pm

Museum is closed on the following dates:
1 January,
7 January - 3 March,
May Day 30 April - 1 May,
Midsummer 23 - 24 June,
Independence Day 6 December,
Christmas 23 -26 December and 31 December

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The Wolkoff House Museum 

 

Get to know the Wolkoff House Museum virtually! 

The Wolkoff House Museum is located at Kauppakatu Street, in the centre of Lappeenranta close to the Town Hall. This merchant house is one of the oldest remaining wooden buildings in Lappeenranta. The house was constructed in stages between 1826 and 1905, the oldest section being built by Merchant Claudelin. The plot of land had been owned by many different merchants prior to its acquisition by merchant Ivan Wolkoff in 1872.

Subsequently the house was inhabited by four generations of the Wolkoff family until 1983. To start with, the heirs of Ivan Wolkoff - who had elevated himself from a Russian serf to a gardener, and finally to a respected merchant - continued trading on the site themselves. Later, they also rented out premises to other merchants.

In 1986, the heirs of the Wolkoff family donated the house to the town of Lappeenranta for use as a museum. Placed under the Lappeenranta Museums Directorate, the house was opened to public in 1993. The Wolkoff House represents a unique slice of the town’s history.

During the guided room-by-room tour visitors can explore the history of the Wolkoff family and marvel at the genuine household effects preserved in the house. The family’s Russian Orthodox tradition is in evidence throughout the house. The tour starts at the Ladies’ cabinet de toilette and the bedroom, and continues to the Drawing Room and from there, to the Gentlemen’s Cabinet. The dining room is situated in the new wing which was completed in 1905. Your tour will conclude with the bedroom, the nursery and the kitchen, also housed in this wing which represents the Art Nouveau style (Jugendstil).

Visitors enter the museum from Kauppakatu Street through the former shop room, where the exhibits include treasures which were not originally part of the house interior but were discovered in the attic. Accompanied by the guide, access to the merchant home itself is via the courtyard. The shop area houses the museum reception and the gift shop which stocks an extensive selection of souvenirs.

The special features of the museum are the displays which are staged during the religious festivals of Christmas and Easter, which occupy an important place in the Russian Orthodox calendar. During these festivals, the house museum is adorned with festive decorations, and the museum shop is stocked with seasonal products.
The house also has an annex, the bakery, which was completed in 1845 and was home to a tailor’s shop for many years. Today the premises are occupied by the first-class restaurant Café-Restaurant Wolkoff which was opened in 1998.



Christmas at the Wolkoff House

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Christmas is celebrated at the Wolkoff House following the traditions of Johannes Wolkoff and his family. A tree that reaches up to the ceiling is decorated in the dining hall. Altough the family followed Orthodox Churc year traditions, they celebrated Christmas Eve according to the Finnish ones.

Christmas shop also open                                                     Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec 2017

Opening hours

Thu 12 December - Sun 17 December, 11 - 17
Tue 19 December - Fri 22 December, 11 - 17
Wed 27 December - Sat 30 December, 11 - 17
 Tue 2 January - Sun 7 January 11 - 17

Entrance on guided tours that start from the Wolkoff Museum shop. Tours are in Finnish, audio tours in Russian and in English, at 12.00, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00  o´clock.

 

 

Easter at the Wolkoff House

Sat 8 April - Sun 9 April 11 am -5 pm, 

Tues 11 April - Thu 13 April 11 am -5 pm,

Sat 15 April - Sun 16 April 11 am -5 pm

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The Wolkoff House Museum is decorated every Easter according to the family traditions. Easter is the most important celebration of the Orthodox Church year, and the Wolkoffs used to lay the small drawing room tables with the white tablecloths and Easter delicacies, such as pasha, baba, kuliches, and Easter ornaments.