New information about the town of the past and its residents is constantly being discovered. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is conducting an archaeological excavation in the museum courtyard during the summer of 2019. Archaeologists study traces of human activity left in the soil. This year's excavation examines the remains of a medieval stone building as well as cultural layers and artifacts from the 17th to the 19th century.
You are welcome to visit the excavation whenever the archaeologists are at work! In June and July the archaeologist will hold an open reception every Thursday from noon to 2 PM, sharing the latest discoveries and giving a tour of the excavation area. Or if you prefer, you can just sit back and observe the excavation work from your café table! Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is currently revamping its archaeological activities in collaboration with the public.
The only archaeological museum in Finland
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum is located by the River Aura, in the heart of Old Turku. The remains of a town quarter discovered underground provide a picture of the town’s past centuries ago.
In the underground museum Aboa Vetus you can see the remains of six medieval stone-built houses and walk along the Convent Riverfront, an early street. The story of this only archaeological museum in Finland began in the 1990s, as a result of archaeological excavations conducted on the site.
GUIDED TOURS in July and August
The price of admission includes guided tours in English daily at noon! The public guided tour provides a comprehensive cross-section of the city archaeology, history and contemporary art from the point of view of the museum's exhibitions.This tour is suitable for the whole family and lasts about 1,5 hours.
In the summer 2019 the Museum presents private exhibitions by two Finnish contemporary artists Päivikki Kallio and Saara Ekström. Find out more about the current exhibitions: https://www.aboavetusarsnova.fi/en/exhibitions