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 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's operation, not only the preparation of exhibitions, but also in all the documentation, projects and publications of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

The core of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's operations is outlined as follows:

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is a museum of history and contemporary art. It preserves, studies, discovers and transmits, dealing in experiences and well-being. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is an inviting, accessible museum. Our goal is the best museum experience ever.

TAKO operation

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is involved in a Finnish museum project that is a collaboration of acquisitions and collections. The acronym comes from the Finnish words 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 acts as the chair of pool number 6.