Turku Day

Turku Day is actually a weekend in September full of cultural events in this former Finnish capital.

During this day you can visit museums for free or for a reduced price. There are concerts, sport events and more in Turku (Åbo, in Swedish).

This event has been organised since 1961! A lot of history of the city comes up during the Turku Da-weekend.

The whole weekend then ends in fireworks that can be seen by the river that flows through the city. Aura River.

On Sunday two friends and I visited Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum and Apothecary Museum and Qwensel House – following photos of them. I got to say that natural light makes the photos really good and we were lucky to have a really warm September day to visit these museums, so the photos turned out quite good (if I may say so myself).

Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum

This museum takes you back 200 years. You can walk around this small village and get the feeling of what it would be like to live in this time. We could visit the painter’s house as well as the clocksmith’s house and the “printing-house”.

turku day luostarinmäki museum painter
Painter’s house.
book binder turku day luostarinmäki
At the bookbinder’s.

turku day books

turku day seamstress
The seamstress’ station.

turku day luostarinmäki museum åbo clocksmith
The clocksmith’s house.

turku day luostarinmäki museum åbo

They even had actors dressed as the people living and working in these houses – a nice add to the experience!

Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House

What the Pharmacy Museum is pretty much tells itself, but to clarify, the Qwensel House is the oldest wooden house in Turku.

These museums are quite small, but nevertheless worth a visit. Just think how far we have gotten in medicine!

turku day pharmacy museum åbo

turku day pharmacy museum åbo

Turku Day was a nice experience. I think I have been living in my student life bubble in Turku for so long that I have not noticed that there are plenty of other events organised in the city all year around, you just got to find them 🙂

What do you think of the Turku Day? 


Want to learn more about Turku? See this list I made of 12 things to do in Turku for free in the summer!

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