Veteran’s Home Museum

  Torkkelinkatu 3, 55100 Imatra  Map >>>

Contact: puh. (05) 476 1774

Open: päivittäin klo 12-18 tai sopimuksen mukaan.

Pääsymaksut: aikuiset 5 €, lapset 2 €




A home museum of a lawyer and war veteran, focusing on cultural history and located opposite to Hotel Imatran Valtionhotelli, opened to the public in 2000.

The Piponius house is one of the most beautiful buildings in Imatrankoski. The physician Dr. Henrik Piponius had the house constructed as his surgery and home in 1925. Today, the owner is Mrs. Eila Ikävalko, who set up a museum in the house together with her husband Reino Ikävalko, a war veteran and senior lawyer. Mrs. Ikävalko, the mistress of the house, is a former ‘lotta’, a member of the women’s auxiliary organisation Lotta Svärd.

The museum is open daily from 12.00 to 18.00 hrs, or by prior arrangement.



The Veteran Museum commemorates the Second World War and its veterans, displaying memorabilia from the ‘Winter War’ (1939-40) and the ‘Continuation War’ (1941-44), such as the uniforms of members of the Lotta Svärd Organisation and a special corner devoted to Simo Häyhä, the famous Finnish sharpshooter during the Winter War. A number of uniforms of both Finnish and Soviet Union soldiers are also on display.

A guided tour of the Veteran Museum explores Finland’s history under Swedish rule, as an autonomous Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire, and during the Civil War. Visitors can take photographs and participate interactively in historical events, by role playing as historical figures. In addition, the museum explores the history of the house itself and its former owners. The drawing room features a beautiful fresco dating from 1926. A separate room in the museum is dedicated to Reino Ikävalko’s sports interests, displaying memorabilia from the Olympic Games of Helsinki, Mexico and Moscow.

Visitors come to this unique museum time and again – you are most welcome!



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