The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

 

in short

The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, is based in the historical Finlayson cotton mill area right in the heart of Tampere. At Werstas, you can visit the Textile Industry Museum, the Steam Engine Museum as well as the Labour Museum's changing and permanent exhibitions.
Steam Engine
© Janne Saavalainen

The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

in detail

The exhibitions at Werstas offer an overview of the history of the industrial era, worker population and civil society from different perspectives. The constantly refreshed exhibitions present the most interesting events from the history of social issues, workers' culture, visual arts and politics. At Werstas, ordinary people take centre stage and their everyday lives, work and the differences between them are recounted in the form of memorable stories. Werstas is a versatile museum with a difference.

The Finnish Ministry of Education has nominated The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, a national special museum with extensive responsibility for museum activities pertaining to working life and social history in Finland.
Steam Engine
A Sulzer steam engine that used to produce power for the Finlayson mill can still be seen in its original location. This giant machine was taken into use in 1900 and remains the biggest steam engine ever used in Finland.

Its output was 1,650 horse power and the flywheel has an impressive diameter of more than 8 metres. The engine was in daily use until 1926 and continued to be used as a backup power source until the mid-1950’s.

At the steam engine museum, you can see the Sulzer steam engine itself, tools and equipment used with the engine as well as other objects relating to power production at the Finlayson mill.
Admission
5,00/4,00/0 EUR
Textile Industry Museum
The rich history of the Finland's textile industry can be experienced at the Textile Industry Museum, which is located in the old Finlayson factory. For decades, the heart of the Finnish textile industry - Finland's Manchester - was located on the banks of the Tammerkoski rapid.

Visitors can experience the atmosphere of a real factory workshop. It is possible to see the "Cotton gin" batting machine built by James Finlayson and to listen to the rumble of a working linen factory. What kind of machines filled the Plevna weaving hall? What kind of machines were used to seam nylon stockings?

Quilt heaven will open at the museum. A wide variety of yarns and fabrics is on display for visitors. In the factory, wool, linen and cotton pass through their various phases from fibre to fabric, finally reaching the sample books, which visitors can browse through.

The Textile Industry Museum has been established as the result of cooperation between the Tampere Museums and Werstas. There are 25 machines on display, hundreds of objects and photographs related to the history of the factories, as well as about 3000 items produced by the Tampere textile industry. There is also an annual special exhibition at the Textile Industry Museum. Museum is jointly operated by the Tampere City Museum and Werstas.
Admission
5,00/4,00/0 EUR
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas is located in the Finlayson area in the heart of Tampere. The museum has an exhibition area of some 2,000 square metres and the museum occupies about 5,000 square metres in all, which makes Werstas the second biggest museum centre in Tampere.

The museum was founded in 1993 and has been based at the current premises since 2001. The museum is maintained by a designated association with member organisations representing a wide range of Finnish civil society partners: the trade union movement, the co-operative movement, the labour movement and the field of labour heritage.
Admission
5,00/4,00/0 EUR
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Steam Engine
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere
Finland
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Opening Times

Sun
11:00 - 18:00
Mon
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Tue
11:00 - 18:00
Wed
11:00 - 18:00
Thu
11:00 - 18:00
Fri
11:00 - 18:00
Sat
11:00 - 18:00

Visitor entrance

Textile Industry Museum
Väinö Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere
Finland
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Opening Times

Sun
11:00 - 18:00
Mon
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Tue
11:00 - 18:00
Wed
11:00 - 18:00
Thu
11:00 - 18:00
Fri
11:00 - 18:00
Sat
11:00 - 18:00

Visitor entrance

The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Werstas, Väinö Linnan aukio 8
33210 Tampere
Finland
view on a map

Opening Times

Sun
11:00 - 18:00
Mon
-
Tue
11:00 - 18:00
Wed
11:00 - 18:00
Thu
11:00 - 18:00
Fri
11:00 - 18:00
Sat
11:00 - 18:00

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