Turku, castle, museum, Aura River
Turku Castle (photo: VisitTurku)

Turku Castle to get new history museum

An interactive history museum is to be built near Turku’s medieval castle by 2029, and the city says it will be a “museum of the future.”

Finland’s Turku Castle area is set to become a busy museum zone by 2029, as plans have been approved to build a new history museum near the castle and the Forum Marinum Maritime Centre by the Aura River.

The fortress of Turku Castle has stood at the edge of the river since the 1280s, and during its history it has been a defensive bastion, a majestic court, an administrative centre, a prison, a storehouse and a barracks. Nowadays the castle is an important tourist attraction for Finland.

The completion of the new museum will coincide with Turku’s 800th anniversary, Yle news reports.

Location and further plans
The Turku City Board unanimously agreed on the location of the museum at a meeting on May 27, a plot that is currently being used by the shipping company Viking Line as an area for checking in cars.

After a joint terminal for Tallink Silja and Viking Line is completed, the latter will move its vehicle facility away from the museum’s future location. The next step is to draw up and finalise detailed plans for the project.

The interactive museum will showcase the history of both Turku and Finland and will cost an estimated €26.2 million. Turku’s city council had originally planned to establish the museum as part of Finland’s centenary anniversary celebrations in 2017. Now it is part of Turku’s greater City Strategy for the next decade. 

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