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 2023

Jun 14th–Aug 13th
Tue–Sun 11am–5pm

Closed on Midsummer Jun 23th–25th

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
(Jun 14th–Aug 13th):
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 2023

Do you still remember that song – the history of the church musician

The theme exhibition presents the stages of the church music culture of Mäntyharju in the context of the 100th anniversary of the church choir. The exhibition transports the visitor to the history of church choir singing through different themes, from church-style to polyphonic church choir singing.

Päivi Tuokko from Alho’s home museum, in cooperation with the Mäntyharju museum, is responsible for planning and implementing the exhibition. The exhibition is part of the Mäntyharju church choir’s anniversary program.

Last modified: 1 Jun 2023

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