Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum
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Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum information
Lonely Planet review
When the savage Great Fire of 1827 swept through Turku, the lower-class quarter Luostarinmäki, on the edge of the city, escaped the flames. The 19th-century wooden workshops and houses, set along tiny lanes and around grassy yards, now form the outdoor handicrafts museum, a national treasure since 1940.
All of the buildings are in their original locations, unlike other open-air museums where the buildings are relocated or re-created. These include 30 workshops (including a silversmith, watchmaker, bakery, pottery, shoemaker, printer and cigar shop), many of which spring to life in summer, when artisans in period costume practise their trades.
Guided tours in English are available in peak season – enquire at the ticket office. The gift shop sells goods produced in the museum’s workshops.