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“Small castle in the woods”

Gallen-Kallela Museum
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Ranked #8 of 58 things to do in Espoo
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Owner description: Open Tue-Sat from 11 am to 6 pm. Sun from 11 am to 5 pm. Guided tours in English at 2 pm on the first Saturday of the month.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

The intimate atelier of Finland's most famous artist concentrates on his African paintings from a two year family journey to British East Africa, now Kenya. His wife Mary enjoyed her happiest moments also there, the current exhibition of her life beside Akseli showcases her many activities at home in Tarvaspää and during many visits abroad. The small Art Nouveau building on a hill resembles a fairytale castle with winding, narrow staircases and peephole windows and was originally built as the artist's studio. The family lived in the older wooden villa next door now functioning as cafeteria and officies. In the 1920's after a total renovation and modernization the atelier became their home too. The great Kalevala paintings based on Finnish National mythology are on permanent show in the Ateneum museum, the frescos in the same theme in the entrance hall of the National Museum, both in the center of Helsinki. Tarvaspää is situated just accross the border of Helsinki by the sea in Espoo, by car you should drive from there.
The best connection with public transport is tram no 4 to Munkkiniemi and a brisk walk of 30 minutes through the wealthy neighbourhood, continuing by the seaside.

Thank Heli P
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Reviewed March 27, 2018

Beautifull location, nice smokesauna.
Good place to take your significant other because during a sunny day
you can relax in the patio and eat good food after what it is time to visit
the studiohouse.The studiohouse looks cool and very Finnish.Walk to the upper floors
just for fun...

Thank Mato R
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Reviewed November 14, 2017 via mobile

While the surroundings are great the actual museum is quite modest. It is interesting to see and learn what type of studio and residence this famous painter designed and built for himself. None of his famous paintings are in this museum though. I didn’t like the special Tattooed Artworks exhibition. There is a small gift shop and super friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Thank Timo H
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Reviewed October 27, 2017

A gorgeous building completed in 1913, it was the home and studio for the renowned Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela. It has a wonderful sylvan setting close to the sea.

The exhibition comprised works of tattoos. While not being of any significant interest to us, it was still worth having a look at them.

The Works of Art Converted into Tattoos was much more appealing. Over a couple of years a media artist and the museum found many people with tattoos of famous works of art. Masterpieces such as Munch's Scream, Picasso's Guernica and the Russian sculpture The Worker and the Kolkhoz Woman were on view.

Afterwards we had a snack in the adjacent cafe and then went for a long walk by the seaside. All-in-all a most enjoyable excursion from the city.

Thank permia
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Reviewed October 13, 2017

This was a pleasant short trip. I took tram 4 from downtown Helsinki to Munkkiniemi, and from there I strolled along the shoreline to this museum, about a 30-minute walk. There is a shorter route, along the highway, but I'm glad I took the scenic one, watching swans fly up from the bay, passing under pine shadows, meeting the occasional jogger. After a coffee and a korvapuusti pastry at the waterside café, I climbed Akseli Gallen-Kallela's tower and enjoyed the ambience and the art. This secluded spot is a change of scene from the city.

Thank TheBigSuitcase
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