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.
Jun 18th–Aug 14th
Closed on Midsummer Jun 24th–25th
Cultural and museum services:
Tel. +358 (0)40 507 5621
(Jun 18th–Aug 14th):
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 2022
Coming and Going
International migration to and from Mäntyharju, from the 19th century to the current day
Our new exhibition for Summer 2022, Coming and Going, takes a look at international migration in the Mäntyharju area from the 19th century onwards, and the stories of those people and families who have moved in or out of the area.
Mäntyharju has long been a home for travellers, many of whom left for other countries or other parts of Finland. Likewise, people have come to Mäntyharju from far and wide, whether for love, due to war, or just to make a living. The exhibition prominently features the personal stories of migrants, wartime evacuees and refugees.
The Elements of Southern Savo – Earth – Along the ground
Municipality of Mäntyharju – Tourist information
Salmela Art Centre
Last modified: 30 Jun 2022