Archipelago Museum

The Archipelago Museum (or Rönnäs-museum) in Rönnäs, Loviisa in Finland, is dedicated to coastal areas and the archipelagos and their specific life. It is run by a local trust from the start in 1985.[citation needed] The museum holds one of Finland's largest collections of traditional peasant boats.[1]

Archipelago Museum
Established1985 (1985)
LocationRönnäs, Loviisa, Finland
Coordinates60°21′50″N 26°02′55″E / 60.3637749°N 26.0486752°E / 60.3637749; 26.0486752
Key holdingsTraditional peasant boats
CollectionsMarine engines

The basic exhibition located in the basement of the main building, stresses the impact of human life in the nature of the archipelagos by describing the initial colonization of the barren areas, as well as of the introduction of agrarian occupation. In addition to the maritime occupation such as seal hunting, fishery and seabird hunting, also coastal navigation and pilotage are presented in the exhibition. The boat occupies the central position in being the prime tool of the population.

The upper floor of the main building presents an exhibition of wooden boats and boat building. Here we find work boats and boats of bygone days, as well as a presentation of wooden boat building along clinker and cravel-techniques.

In addition to permanent exhibitions here mentioned the museum annually presents a selected theme connected to the maritime culture.

In the wooden shed, opposite the main building, the visitor will find a collection of marine engines, inboard as well as outboard, possibly the most important in Finland.

The upper floor of this shed houses an exhibition on summer life in the skerries in bygone days including pleasure boats.

The museum trust also publishes a journal concerned with the archaeology and ethnology of boats.


  1. ^ Saarinen, J. (2004). Nature-based Tourism Research in Finland: Local Contexts, Global Issues. Finnish Forest Research Institute, Rovaniemi Research Station. ISBN 9789514019111. Retrieved 2015-02-11.