Museums are the bearers, collectors and transmitters of common cultural heritage. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's task in the area of cultural heritage is the collection of contemporary art and the research of archaeology. The cornerstones of the museum are the art collection of Matti Koivurinta Art Foundation together with the relics of the museum's plot and the collection of archaeological finds from the museum's soil. Research is an everyday part of the museum operation and it has to do with not only the preparation of exhibitions, but also the documentation, various museum projects and the publications of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

One of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum's central operations is the following idea:

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is a private-owned museum which focuses on one hand on the Finnish Middle Ages and on the other hand, on the cultural heritage of contemporary art and its research, preservation, display and transmission. Customer service is also an essential part of this Turku-based museum. The museum studies history, art and culture and makes them accessible to visitors based on the museum's own services.

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova finds, discovers and transmits.

TAKO operation

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is involved in a Finnish museum project that is collaboration of acquisitions and collections. The acronym is from the Finnish word tallennus (acquisitions and documentation) and kokoelmat (collections). Museums participating in the TAKO operation strive for developing the museums' distribution of work when it has to do with collections and work in the field of cultural heritage. TAKO is done in working groups, pools, which are formed based on the current subject. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is the chair of pool number 6 during the season 2011–2012.