Wahlberg´s house - The Uusikaupunki museum
EXPERIENCE THE GOLDEN AGE OF SEAFARING AND THE LUXURY OF A MERCHANT’S HOUSE
Wahlberg’s house is part of the Uusikaupunki Museum. The museum showcases the golden age of the town’s seafaring history and the life of a middle-class family.
Wahlberg’s house was built more than 150 years ago by the founder of a local tobacco factory, Fredrik Wahlberg. The house still has its original decorative tile stoves, skilfully made frescoes, and hand-painted wallpapers in the parlour. The big hall also has a chandelier brought from Italy. In the downstairs rooms, you can almost smell the smoke from pipe tobacco and hear the rustle of the ladies’ silk dresses. The downstairs exhibition space hosts a series of temporary exhibitions.
Upstairs, the museum houses a collection celebrating the maritime tradition of the town. Seaman’s chests, souvenirs, paintings, and navigational instruments all have their stories to tell of the golden age of seafaring and shipbuilding. The upstairs exhibition also showcases the more recent history of shipbuilding, shipyards, and the local automobile industry.
Children are also welcome at Wahlberg’s house. They can play detectives in the museum and do different tasks related to the exhibition. The outbuilding contains a cobbler’s workshop as well as a play area for children. The Wahlberg’s house museum shop has some of the best souvenirs and gifts in town.
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