South Karelia Museum
Situated in the Fortress of Lappeenranta, the Regional Museum of South Karelia is the centre piece of the town’s Museums Directorate. The museum is housed in the solid grey-stone buildings of the former artillery depot which were completed at the beginning of the 19th century. Founded by the Maakuntaliitto (Regional Municipal Association) in 1963, this museum was the successor to the Town Museum of Lappeenranta. In 1968 the museum was handed over to the town of Lappeenranta.
The collections of the Museum of Cultural History are drawn from the museums of Lappeenranta, Vyborg and Käkisalmi (Priozersk). The museum’s work of preservation and recording, research and display encompasses not only the present-day region of South Karelia but also the southern part of Karelia which was ceded to Russia, i.e. the Karelian Isthmus.
The permanent exhibition, ”On the Border”, is about the location of Lappeenranta between East and West. ”Three Karelian Towns” presents the essential phases in the history of Lappeenranta, Vyborg and Käkisalmi (Priozersk). Lappeenranta is well suited for presenting these towns, since their history contains many similarities and along with local culture the town has fostered the intellectual and material cultural heritage of the Karelian Isthmus. One of the main attractions of the permanent exhibition is the scale model of the town of Vyborg, which features the town as it was at midday on 2nd September 1939: here we see the inhabitants, cars, trams, ships and trains, all going about their everyday business. The total surface of the model is 24 square metres, and it covers the area from Patterinmäki to Siikaniemi and from Havi to Papula.
Apart from the permanent exhibition the museum stages temporary exhibitions on various themes. The exhibitions and events try to take different groups of visitors into consideration. For the children there is a tour of the permanent exhibition and a play corner in the museum.
Located next to the reception, there is also the museum shop which stocks a selection of books, postcards, jewellery etc..
South Karelia Museum,
P.O.Box 239, 53101 Lappeenranta
Further information :
tel: +358 5 616 2255, +358 5 616 2261