Pätäri House Museum


Address: Mätöntie 54460 Ylijärvi   Map >>>


Opening times: Closed

Admissions: free




The Pätäri House Museum is a typical 19th century Finnish farmhouse. The house was built on its present site by Antti ja Valpuri Pätäri, who had five children. All four sons were bachelors, while the only son of the daughter was killed in the Continuation War in 1943. This meant that the last owner of the House, Matti Pätäri, died in 1976 without leaving an heir, and the house along with its courtyard was handed over to the State. Since 1978, Pätäri House has been owned by the municipality of Ylämaa.

A large number of tools, of the type which has generally by now disappeared from farmhouses, can still be seen at Pätäri. The house was opened as a museum in 1980.



All the artefacts in the house are items which were once used by the inhabitants, with the exception of the medicine cupboard and the showcases. The various objects and working tools used in course of everyday life in a rural area during the 19th century form an integrated collection.

The large central room of the main building had been brought to this site from elsewhere; however, the veranda, the porch and the dairy chamber along with the front and back bedrooms were built on the site. The furniture in the central room is original, and the room also has an impressive baking oven. The family tree is also on display. All the rooms of the main building, abundantly furnished with their traditional hand-made furniture, bear vivid testimony to the everyday life in a Finnish farmhouse in the 19th century.

Set in the courtyard of the museum are five granaries and storehouses. One of them is the cobbler’s workshop where you can see old shoemaking tools, including lasts. The granary dates from the 17th century. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to explore the dairy building, meat store and clothing store. A sauna, a kiln and a wood shelter complete the courtyard.

The former cowshed now houses the Ylämaa Local History Museum which was opened in 1983. The museum has two main exhibition areas. The collections in the larger exhibition area include objects and memorabilia relating to agriculture, linen processing and dairy work as well as a range of handicrafts. The smaller exhibition area displays objects used in fishing and hunting.


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