At the beginning of the 19th century Kokkola was one of the largest towns in Finland. The town was an important merchant shipping centre, enjoying a vibrant international trade. The main export article was tar, produced in the Central Ostrobothnia region. Successful trade made the town and its inhabitants wealthy bringing with it international influences. It provided the environment for a diverse and exceptionally high level of culture.
This rich cultural heritage of Kokkola is displayed in the K.H. Renlund Museum. Alongside exhibitions, the museum offers an extensive range of educational programmes encompassing a wide audience. The courtyard in the Museum Quarter is an oasis during the summer, a pleasant place where you can sit and enjoy refreshments in historical surroundings before or after a tour of the museum. Many diverse exhibitions are to be found at Roos House, Pedagogy, Lassander House and Exhibition Hall. Visits to Drake House, the private residence of Fredrik and Anna Drake now a museum open to the public, and Leo Torppa’s Camera Collection can be visited by appointment.
The Roos House
In the Museum Quarter there are three museum buildings, the Pedagogy a.e. an old school building dating from 1696, the Lassander House built in 1748 and the Exhibition Hall dates from 1818. Modern folk art from the Dallmeier and ITE-museums collctions are exhibited in the Pedagogy. Lasander house's exhibition is an introduction into the life of a bourgeois family in the 18th century Kokkola. The Exhibition Hall houses temporary exhibitions.
Roos house (built in 1813) houses among other things, the K.H.Renlund art collection. Many well known finnish artists from the late 19th-early 20th century are represented, (e.g. Pekka Halonen, Magnus Enckell, Beda Stjernschantz, Albert Edelfelt.)
The exhibition also offers glimpses into the life of The Roos family and the town of Kokkola in the early 19th century.
Downstairs paintings by the Ostrobothnian artist Veikko Vionoja, and the Museum Shop.
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