Emil Aaltonen Museum

Museum will open again 4.9. 2021.

Open: Wed 12.00–18.00, Sat-Sun 12.00–16.00. 1.6.–31.8. also Thursdays 12.00–16.00.

Entry to the museum: 3€ / 2€ / Museum Card. Guided tours are available in Finnish, English, Swedish, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Russian. Contact: pyynikinlinna@pyynikinlinna.fi


Temporary exhibition:

Nanso 100 – 4.9.2021–27.2.2022


Emil Aaltonen Museum of industry and art was opened in Pyynikinlinna on 8.6.2004.

The main floor houses works from Emil Aaltonen’s art collection. Temporary exhibitions are located upstairs. Upstairs we also have other permanent exhibitions: exhibition about Emil Aaltonen (1869-1949), exhibition about the Aaltonen owned companies, multimedia about the Aaltonen owned Ylikartano mansion and a movie room where you can watch a movie about the life of Emil Aaltonen.


Former exhibitions:

At The Source Of Technical Creativity –Drawings From Lokomo And Sarvis 16.2.–19.5.2019

The exhibition is focused on product development conducted from the 1920s until the 1980s by the steel workshop Lokomo and the plastic factory Sarvis. Innovative and unconventional designing is essential for successful business. It was the emphasis on design that turned both Lokomo and Sarvis into frontrunners in their fields in Finland and abroad. Their product development is presented through drawings, objects, and photos. In addition, we will display scale models of machines manufactured by Lokomo.

The Other Self – Paintings by Raimo Utriainen 26.5.2019–11.8.2019

Raimo Utriainen (1927–1994), the sculptor, is best known for his constructivist sculptures made of thin metal slats placed together in a mathematical style. The peaceful forms of his abstract works as well as their surfaces that vibrate in the light remind us of natural phenomena. They are not a copy of the visible, however, since they are based on forms and rhythms that exist underneath the surface as building blocks of the visible world. There was also something else about Raimo Utriainen. While working on his most subtle sculptures, he also made large-scale paintings with powerful colours and gestures, often suggestively figurative. This was his way of expressing suppressed emotions that had no space in the ascetic minimalism of his sculptures. The majority of the paintings were made in the 1980s, during the golden era of new expressive painting. Raimo Utriainen was acknowledged as one of the great reformers of modern Finnish sculpture. His canvases, which are both strong and delightful at the same time, sometimes even grotesque, prove that he was on the pulse of the times even when he was painting.

150 years of Emil Aaltonen 29.8.2019–1.12.2019

On 29 August 2019, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the industrialist Emil Aaltonen. The jubilee exhibition has its focus on the different aspects of Emil Aaltonen’s character.

“The dark blood of Aaltonen does not glow on the surface, heating up beneath the calm surface like fire in the tar pit. But the warmth and its influence are still as effective.” This was the way Suomen Kuvalehti, a Finnish magazine, described Emil Aaltonen when this man of honorary titles turned 70 years in 1939.

This factory owner was known as a demanding employer in Tampere, but also as a person with a deep belief in fairness. In both work and private life, Emil Aaltonen’s guiding principle was service; another person’s well-being was also about his well-being. Aaltonen also wanted to challenge himself constantly: “Life is battle, it is battle with oneself and one’s tendencies. Winning yourself is the greatest victory.”