Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Turku

Turun Linna

Founded in 1280 at the mouth of the Aurajoki, mammoth Turku Castle is easily Finland’s largest. Highlights include two dungeons and sumptuous banqueting halls, as well as a fascinating historical museum of medieval …
Top Choice Museum in Turku

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Art and archaeology unite here under one roof. Aboa Vetus (Old Turku) draws you underground to Turku’s medieval streets, showcasing some of the 37,000 artefacts unearthed from the site (digs still continue). Back in…
Top Choice Cathedral in Turku

Turun Tuomiokirkko

The ‘mother church’ of Finland’s Lutheran faith, Turku Cathedral towers over the town. Consecrated in 1300, the colossal brick Gothic building was rebuilt many times over the centuries after damaging fires.Upstairs,…
Top Choice Museum in Turku

Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum

When the savage Great Fire of 1827 swept through Turku, the lower-class quarter Luostarinmäki escaped the flames. Set along tiny lanes and around grassy yards, the 19th-century wooden workshops and houses now form t…
Museum in Turku

Forum Marinum

Partly housed in an old granary, this excellent maritime museum offers a comprehensive look at ships and shipping, from scale models to full-sized vessels. Anchored outside is a small fleet of museum ships, which yo…
Gallery in Turku

Turun Taidemuseo

Turku Art Museum is housed in a striking granite building with elaborately carved pilasters and conical turrets. Much of the art is modern, though the Victor Westerholm room offers traditional Finnish landscapes. Gu…
Museum in Turku

Sibelius Museum

Finland's most extensive musical museum displays some 350 instruments from accordions to Zimbabwean drums. A separate section is devoted to Finnish composer and bohemian carouser Jean Sibelius, with manuscripts and …
Museum in Turku

Qwensel House & Pharmacy Museum

On the riverfront, Qwensel House is Turku’s oldest, built around 1700. It contains the small Pharmacy Museum with an old laboratorium featuring medicinal herbs, 18th-century ‘Gustavian’ (Swedish) furnishings, and an…
Museum in Turku

Turku Biological Museum

In a beautiful 1907 building, the Turku Biological Museum features much of Finland’s fauna and flora represented in 13 realistic dioramas, including Lapland's fjelds (barren, rocky plateaus).
Gallery in Turku

Wäino Aaltonen Museum

Naturalistic and cubist-tinged sculptures donated by artist Wäino Aaltonen himself are a highlight of this gallery, along with temporary exhibitions of contemporary and experimental art.