Museum of History and Contemporary Art

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, the museum of history and contemporary art, is an unique cultural attraction in Turku, Finland. The museum is a fascinating combination of old and new that invites the visitor to explore the medieval history and culture of Finland and to reflect upon thought-provoking contemporary art. 

The museum, opened in 1995, is maintained by the Matti Koivurinta Foundation. Immediately inside a view of old constructions – streets and basements – is opened.

Aboa Vetus is an underground area of ruins, where the genuine constructions tell the history of the oldest city in Finland. The exhibition halls of Ars Nova are located in the Rettig palace, a former residence completed in 1928. Contemporary art as well as the art collection of the foundation are presented here. The two galleries, Takkahuone and Omatila, located within the museum have their own exhibition program.