Industrial Workers’ Housing Museum

 

Address:  Ritikanranta, 55100 Imatra      Map >>>

Contact: tel. 020 617 6712 (museum), 020 681 6703 (office)

Open: 27.6. – 27.8.2017 Tue – Sun 11 – 17

Admissions: Adults2 €, children, students 1 €,

Website: www.imatra.fi    -> palvelut -> kulttuuripalvelut -> museot > Teollisuustyöväen asuntomuseo

 

 

INFORMATION

The Industrial Workers’ Housing Museum is located in the Ritikanranta area of Imatra, by the River Vuoksi. This museum, opened to the public in 1975, is open during the summer. The museum comprises two buildings: a sauna building made partly of stone, and a two-storey barrack-type residential building.

Industrialisation in the Imatra region began towards the end of the 19th century. In 1895, Tornator Oy acquired a smallholding along the River Vuoksi, including one half of the Niskakoski and Tainionkoski Rapids. In 1932, Tornator merged with Enso Gutzeit, which donated the present museum site to the town of Imatra in 1972.

At Ritikanranta, Tornator built a number of barrack-type dwellings for its employees. These generally consisted of one main room, a kitchen and a larder. The average size of a family apartment was 20-25m². Residents shared a sauna, laundry room and bakery facilities in the sauna building. Nearby were a market place, a shop, post office and a Volunteer Fire Brigade hall, where leisure time activities were organised.

The Industrial Workers’ Housing Museum gives an excellent insight into the living conditions of the working classes, from the early days of the 20th century right up to the 1960s. Apartments in the museum’s two-storey residential building display the furnished interiors of working class homes from the different periods. The downstairs exhibition displays a worker’s home as it would have been at the beginning of the 20th century, whilst upstairs exhibits homes from the 1940s and 1960s. The exhibits on display have mainly been donated by local people. At the exhibition, visitors can become familiar with the various trends in interior decoration over the decades, and can compare the evolution of kitchen dishes and appliances.

The sauna building, made partly of stone, is located next to the residential building. In addition to the sauna, a bakery and laundry mangle room have been decorated. The sauna building also houses a permanent exhibition, providing an insight into industry in Imatra and workers’ housing. Items on display include a scale model of the Niskalampi residential area and historical photos of the region.

The Industrial Workers’ Housing Museum traces the changes in housing culture and illustrates the living conditions of workers over a long period. In fact, this museum, illustrating the lives of an industrial community’s working class members and complete with housing barracks and sauna buildings, is almost the only one of its kind in Finland.

 

 

 

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