South Karelia Museum

Street address: Kristiinankatu 15   Map >>>

Post address: PL 239, 53101 Lappeenranta

Inquiries: (05) 616 2255, (05) 616 2261

Opening times: Summer: mon – fri 10-18, sat – sun 11-17. Winter: tue – sun 11-17.

Services: museum shop

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Situated in the Fortress of Lappeenranta, the Regional Museum of South Karelia is the centre piece of the townís Museums Directorate. The museum is housed in the solid grey-stone buildings of the former artillery depot which were completed at the beginning of the 19th century. Founded by the Maakuntaliitto (Regional Municipal Association) in 1963, this museum was the successor to the Town Museum of Lappeenranta. In 1968 the museum was handed over to the town of Lappeenranta.

The collections of the Museum of Cultural History are drawn from the museums of Lappeenranta, Vyborg and Käkisalmi (Priozersk). The museumís work of preservation and recording, research and display encompasses not only the present-day region of South Karelia but also the southern part of Karelia which was ceded to Russia, i.e. the Karelian Isthmus.

Located next to the reception, there is also the museumís gift shop which stocks a selection of books, postcards, sweets, jewellery and toys.



The permanent exhibition is devoted to the local history of the surrounding areas and to the history of Lappeeranta, Vyborg and Käkisalmi. One of he main attractions of the permanent exhibition is the scale model of the town of Vyborg, which features the town as it was at midday on 2nd September 1939: here we see the inhabitants, cars, trams, ships and trains, all going about their everyday business. The total surface of the model is 24 square metres, and it covers the area from Patterinmäki to Siikaniemi and from Havi to Papula. The exhibition halls also have multimedia stations for use by the public, and in the study rooms there are computers which people can use to extend their knowledge and to enjoy experiences.

Apart from the permanent exhibition, the museum also stages various temporary exhibitions which are often linked to topical themes. These exhibitions are either put together by the museum itself, or are touring exhibitions on loan.



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