The Iso-Pappila Open-Air Museum

The Iso-Pappila Open-Air Museum

The Iso-Pappila Open-Air Museum, run by the municipality of Mäntyharju, is located in downtown Mäntyharju. It was named during the time of Dean A. A. Berner, after the rectory built by the rector in 1812. The Empire façade of the rectory building is mainly from 1854, although the building was expanded again in 1933. The museum grounds also include the rectory’s community hall from the 19th century and the storehouse, a firewood-carriage shed and a large stone barn that was built in 1899. In addition, the farmyard has a drying barn, a workshop, cellars and a garden.

The community hall has been decorated like a typical room in a farmhouse in Mäntyharju. The other end of the house has an exhibition that gives an extensive presentation of the history of Mäntyharju. Also on display are the photographs taken by photographer Nestor Kurvinen from Mäntyharju and the equipment he used to take the photos.

Upstairs in the barn is a diverse collection of horse-powered vehicles. Downstairs visitors can find work by the Salmela Art Centre and sculptor Nina Terno.

Salmela Art Centre is near the museum. Next to the museum grounds is Veterans’ Park. The area’s first industrial plant, a sawmill and the monuments to the battles fought in 1918 in Mouhu can all be found in Mäntyharju.

Open 2024

Jun 1st–14th
–Fri 1pm–7pm
Sat–Sun 12pm–3pm

Jun 15th–28th
Tue–Fri 12pm–6pm
Sat–Sun 12pm–3pm

Address & Map

Iso-Pappilantie 2


Postal address: Mäntyharju municipality, Museum, P.O. Box 76, 52701 Mäntyharju


Mäntyharju municipality,
Cultural and museum services:
Tel. +358 (0)40 507 5621

In summertime
(Jul 1st–Aug 28th):
Tel. +358 (0)44 262 3307


Adults 4 €

Pensioners, students, etc 2 €

Children (under 18 years) free

Admission also with a Museum Card

Locals and summer residents who have once purchased a ticket will have access to the museum for the same admission fee throughout the summer – be sure to ask for a local ticket when purchasing the ticket.

Changing exhibitions and events 2024

The municipality of Mäntyharju will present its art collection in Iso-Pappila in the summer of 2024 at the Illustrated beauty exhibition

Mäntyharjun taidekokoelmanäyttelyn juliste, jossa mm. nainen pitää vaaleaa juomaa sisältävää kuppia kädessään.

The exhibition features e.g. the municipality’s own art acquisitions and works given to the municipality by artists-in-residence from past years. The municipality of Mäntyharju supports promising and young artists working in the Art Center Salmela residency in the fields of visual arts, music and literature

There are guided tours as follows:

Mon–Thu Jul 1st4th at 5:00 p.m

Sat–Sun Jul 6th–7th at 1:00 p.m

Tue–Thu Jul 9th–11th at 5:00 p.m

Sat–Sun Jul 13th–14th at 1:00 p.m

Wed–Thu Jul 17th–18th at 5:00 p.m

Sat–Sun Jul 20th–21st at 1:00 p.m

Wed–Thu Jul 24th–25th  at 5:00 p.m

Sat–Sun Jul 27th–28th at 1:00 p.m

Last modified: 26 Jun 2024

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