Burgher’s House Museum

Sneak in through the yellow gate and revel in the atmosphere of the 1860s in the oldest surviving wooden house in Helsinki.
 
At the Burgher’s House Museum, you can experience everyday life and living in a house of the bourgeois in the Kruununhaka district of the 1860s and 70s. The oldest wooden residential building in central Helsinki is decorated as the home of Alexander Wickholm’s family, who owned the house starting from 1859.
 
The family Wickholm was not wealthy, but they wanted to live in a respectable way, representative of their class status. Indeed, the tiny hall of the modest wooden house boasts a fashionable Biedermeier-style sofa and a handsome dresser desk from St. Petersburg, but there are also loaves of rye bread hanging from the ceiling in the kitchen and a butter churn in the corner.
 
The original belongings of the Wickholms, who lived in the house until 1896, were sold at auction from their estate long ago. The current decor of the house is a vision based on information from the estate inventory. Objects have been selected from the Helsinki City Museum’s collections to reflect what was typical of the time and social group.

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Museum info

Address
Kristianinkatu 12, 00170 Helsinki
Phone
+358 (0)9 3107 1549
Opening hours
9.6.2017–7.1.2018 Wed–Sun 11–17
Entrance fee
Free entry
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