Housed in Rettig Palace, these museums were combined in 2004 and now are one of the top attractions in Turku and in the whole of Finland as well. Aboa Vetus is a museum below ground and has on display exhibitions that talk about the City in medieval times whereas Ars Nova focuses on modern art through pictures, sculptures and sometimes even moving images.
These unique museums both entertain and educate visitors at the same time.
- Service dogs are allowed in the premises.
- Both the museums are wheelchair accessible, except for some part of Aboa Vetus Museum. Visitors are requested to notify the Museum staff in advance if possible so that arrangements can be made.
Guided Tours for Groups: Reservations required
- Finnish/Swedish: Weekdays 60 € / hour; Sundays 80 € / hour
- Other languages: Weekdays 70 € / hour; Sundays 90 € / hour
Other Ticket Prices:
- Children (7-15 Years of age) – 5.5 €
- Pensioners & Students - 7 €
- Groups (20+ people) - 6 €
- Family Ticket (1 to 2 Adults + Children under 15 years) - 22 €
- Free admission for every 20 year old on 1st April – on account of celebrations of Museum’s 20th anniversary.
- Ticket for guided tours is included in admission fee.
- Museum shop and cafe are open during Museum hours.
- On all other public holidays, Museum will remain open as per the normal hours, that is, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Guided Tours: 1.5 Hours
Guided Tours Timings
- Finnish: June 1st to August 9th – 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
- Rest of the Year – Saturday and Sunday – 11:30 AM
- Swedish: 29th June to 7th August – Monday, Wednesday & Friday – 1:30 PM
- English: 29th June to 23rd August – On all days of the week – 11:30 AM
- Russian: 30th June to 25th August – Tuesdays – 12:00 PM
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95% of people who visit Turku include Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
45.65% of people start their Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
84.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
The historical exhibition (Aboa Vetus) is good, but the Ars Nova now has just one exhibition in the first floor, and the other in the second floor is only pictures and texts about the history of the Palace that the museum was before(and I was expecting some modern art) . Also all the balconies were closed. So maybe is not the best time of the year to visit the museum
Turku is a town you should not miss. Art all over town and some great museums, this is one of them. Just go and enjoy.
This place is two museums in one! Downstairs, there are medieval ruins and exhibits on historic Finland, and upstairs you'll find a modern art gallery, and a river runs right through the building, which makes for an amazing café in between the two museum areas! The medieval ruins were re-discovered during excavations in 1995 and include a church and residential buildings with lots of information about the time period. Upstairs in the contemporary art gallery, exhibitions and installations are constantly changing. This one's well worth a visit!
The permanent exhibition changes from the museum’s own wide variety of art with the changing exhibitions, thus making both sides always worth seeing. The restaurant has one of the best lunches in the city, and if you take the full lunch, including a very filling salad table and Mbakery’s always interesting cakes you won’t leave hungry even if you came in so.
Suosittelen käymään Aboa Vetuksessa. I recommend visiting Aboa Vetus.