The Museums of Lappeenranta aim to bring joy, knowledge and experiences to visitors and promote our regional identity through history and art. The Museums of Lappeenranta destinations include the South Karelia Museum, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Wolkoff House Museum and Cavalry Museum.
The South Karelia Museum is a museum with regional responsibility. It records, preserves, documents and exhibits the material and intellectual heritage of South Karelia and the ceded Viipuri and Karelian Isthmus. The museum’s permanent exhibition presents the history of our region from prehistoric times to the modern day with artefacts, photographs, audio recordings, films and written documents.
Tasked with regional responsibility, the museum directs and advises the activities of local museums in the area. Expert and official services related to the cultural environment are provided for land use, planning and renovation advice purposes.
The Wolkoff House Museum presents the history of a Russian merchant family in Lappeenranta from the 1840s to the 1990s in an authentic environment in the Lappeenranta city centre. The Wolkoff House Museum is only available for guided tours.
The Cavalry Museum presents the history of Finnish cavalry from the 17th century Hakkapeliittas to the modern tradition in an old 18th-century guardhouse in the Lappeenranta Fortress. The Cavalry Museum exhibition is open in summer, and at other times upon request.
The Lappeenranta Art Museum is the regional museum of visual arts in South-Eastern Finland, advising South Karelia and Kymenlaakso municipalities and towns, local museums, communities and individuals in matters related to visual arts and cultural heritage. The museum presents and collects Finnish visual art. The collections and research also cover the art heritage of the ceded Viipuri and Karelian Isthmus.
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Most Finnish museums are co-funded by the central government and municipalities. Museums also obtain financing through their fund-raising activities, including entrance fees.
Service background and legislation
The purpose of museum services is to maintain and build up the population's understanding of culture, history and environment. The museums are open for everyone.
The museums preserve cultural and natural heritage and keep it for the generations to come. Through their exhibitions and publications, the museums also inform the public and engage in research and teaching.