WAMx – international window for exchange in Turku
In March 2019, WAM, the City Art Museum of Turku, launched WAMx, an operating model new to the Finnish art museum scene. It is a process with the primary idea of annually inviting an international expert to plan an exhibition programme in co-operation with the museum. The co-operation seeks new themes and entities that discuss current phenomena from interesting artists.
- in Finnish on Sundays at 2:00 pm
- in Swedish on 25th Oct, 29th Nov, 27th Dec at 3:00 pm and on 10th Jan at 3:00 pm.
From the playground to the museum
Modern art is very accessible to children. It is a good idea to include art museums in early childhood education. Children don’t need to understand the art to enjoy it, and they often come up with creative and surprising interpretations. You can come lift your spirits in the museum on a rainy day, or come provoke your thoughts on a nice sunny day. You can easily leave the children’s raincoats and other clothes in the museum’s coat rack.
Brighten up the school day
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art offers many ways to revitalise your teaching. Modern art often awakens the senses and takes a stand on political issues and history. Fine arts can morph into literature, carry knowledge on other cultures or illustrate the physics of light and colour. Think outside the box and include the museum in your curriculum.
The museum building is designed by Irma and Matti Aaltonen. Wäinö Aaltonen himself took part in the designing process. Aaltonen travelled a lot, and he had got acquainted with different museums during his travels and exhibitions abroad.
Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966) was the most important sculptor in the early years of Finland's independence. Aaltonen made several public sculptures of great national value, including the figures in the House of Parliament in the 1930's. The cityscape of Turku is embellished with a total of 11 outdoor sculptures by the artist. In Runeberg Park stands Turun Lilja (Lily of Turku). Opposite is Paavo Nurmen patsas (Statue of Paavo Nurmi).
The museum shop is a great place for anyone looking for art books and postcards. You will also find fun giftware and souvenirs as well as local design.
NB. Cash is not accepted for the time being.
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art is located right by the city centre by the Aurajoki river, approximately a fifteen minute's walk away from the market square. The best route by foot is across the Teatterisilta bridge.
If you travel by car, there are several parking options: There are free 1-hour parking places in the front of the museum, 2-hour parking spots on the uphill street next to the museum, and on the Itsenäisyydenaukio side on Paavo Nurmen puistotie, there are parking places where you can leave your car for as long as you like.
WAM is partially accessible.
You will reach the museum's enabled access from Paavo Nurmen puistotie, a parkway between the museum and the City Theatre. There is an open gate without steps, that will lead to the terrace and the main entrance. A ramp is leading to the main doors, which are fitted with an electric opener.
The lobby, toilets and Café Wäinö are fully accessible.
Enjoy a cup of coffee on the sunniest terrace in Turku
In addition to visiting the museum, you should definitely take a break and relax for a moment in the atmospheric Cafe Wäinö. The beautiful Aurajoki scenery and the sunniest terrace in Turku really crown your art experience. Enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a drink, and go through the exhibition in your mind once more. The aquarium adds an interesting element to the atmosphere of the cafe.
- adults 10 €
- groups (min. 10 persons) -25 %
- reduced price 5 €
- 7–15 yrs. 4 €
- family ticket 24 €
Free admission is granted for children under 7 year olds, kindergarten groups, comprehensive school groups and upper secondary groups (from Turku) as well as the teachers entering with the groups.
Contemporary art by the river
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM) is the Turku City Art Museum named after the famous Turku born sculptor, Wäinö Aaltonen (1894–1966). For nearly 50 years this modernist white museum building has been reflected in the Aurajoki river, becoming part of the cultural landscape on the east bank. The middle-aged museum isn’t content to just rest on its laurels, but is presenting new and experimental art projects. In addition to changing exhibitions, the programme includes various cultural events, lectures, concerts and theme days for families.