Joutseno Local History Museum


Address: Soljantie 2, 54100 Joutseno   Map >>>

Contact:  040 5501 223

Open: mon – fri 9 – 16

Admissions:  free

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Founded in 1978, the Joutseno Local History Museum “Pitäjäntupa” is a small museum building located in Lappeenranta, Joutseno, displaying items related to handicrafts and local history.


“The people of Joutseno used to be called fire fighters. When the Häränojankangas heath caught fire, residents of Joutseno wet their birch-bark shoes in Häränoja and used them to stamp out the fire.”

The permanent exhibition of the Joutseno Local History Museum, “Tales of the Fire Fighters”, was opened in 1997. This exhibition illustrates the history of the Joutseno people and local specialities.

Regional men and women’s costumes are the museum’s special feature. One of the Museum’s chambers is dedicated to presenting the woman’s dress in all its details. The Joutseno woman’s dress is said to be one of the most archaic among Finland’s festive costumes for women. The blouse is made of fine white linen, while the skirt and waistcoat are made of black wool. Only the belt, made of broad cloth and decorated with tin, was not home-made. The elaborately folded veil for a married woman is unique.

The apron is adorned with hand-made bobbin lace and the special drawn-thread embroidery of Joutseno, which were awarded a gold medal and the Empress’s diploma in the 1913 Universal Exhibition in St. Petersburg. Joutseno was home to the time-honoured tradition that young maidens would learn embroidery during the long periods in which they tended cattle in the forest, or at isolated forest cottages. Proof of a bride’s handicraft skills would be provided by the decorative apron she had made herself. The special drawn-thread embroidery was also wound round the bride’s headdress, which was attached to the top of a dainty, bow-shaped ‘kerchief’ (tirkattihuntu) at the bride’s farewell party.

A church boat made by Matti Martikka, an outsider artist from Joutseno, is housed in a special shelter outside the museum. His woodwork is on display in three storehouses.


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