South Karelian Lotta Svärd Museum

 

Address: Kirkkokatu 7, 53100 Lappeenranta    Map >>>

Postall address: Mustikkakuja 6 as 10, 55120 Imatra

Contact: Tel. +358 40 5390761

Open: by prior agreement

Admissions: adults 2 €, children 1 €

 

 

 

INFORMATION

Opened in 1999, the South Karelian Lotta Svärd Museum was founded by Etelä-Karjalan Lotta Svärd perinnekilta (South Karelian Lotta Svärd traditional guild) and owned by the association Etelä-Karjalan Lotta Svärd -perinne ry.

The Lotta Svärd Organisation was a patriotic organisation established during the Finnish Civil War in 1918 and officially registered in September 1920. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, this society operated based on a patriotic outlook. During the Second World War, members of the Lotta Svärd organisation performed a multitude of tasks, both at the front and at home. They manned air raid warning posts, worked in hospitals and performed supply duties throughout the ‘Winter War’ and the ‘Continuation War’.

The Government abolished the organisation on 23 November 1944. At the South Karelian Lotta Svärd Museum, visitors have an excellent opportunity to explore the varied activities of ‘Lottas’ in Finland, in both peace and wartime.

The museum is open in the summer and by prior arrangement.

EXHIBITIONS

The museum boasts a single integrated exhibition area with displays of ‘Lotta’ uniforms, photographs portraying the activities of members of the organisation, and objects and memorabilia relating to it, such as crockery, dishes and literature.

 

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