How to reach us

The Tikanoja Art Museum
Hovioikeudenpuistikko 4
65100 Vaasa Finland
Phone +358 6 325 3916
Fax +358 6 325 3918


Tickets (1.6.2014 onwards)
7 € Adults
5 € Students, seniors, group visitors (more than 10 people)
12 / 9 € Combined ticket at the same day (Vaasa City museums)
Free for visitors under 18

Open hours

10 AM to 4 PM
Closed on Mondays

Guided tours

Bookings +358 40 356 4870 (Tue-Fri 10 AM - 1 PM)
Fees (during opening hours)
30 € / group (Tuesday-Friday)
50 € / group (Saturday-Sunday)


(The Tikanoja Art Museum and Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@vaasa.fi

Administration and finance

Museum Director Pamela Andersson
tel. +358 6 325 3922

mobile +358 40 161 9892
Museum Director Selma Green
(Acting Museum Director at the Osthrobotnian Museum 1.1.-31.12.2014)
mobile +358 40 687 4694
Museum Administrator Heli Stenbacka
tel. +358 6 325 3923
Museum Registrar Anniina Pääkkönen
tel. +358 6 325 3928
mobile +358 40 1768 768
Press Officer Pauliina Pääkkönen
tel. +358 6 325 3924
mobile +358 40 192 3891


Curator Riina Peltonen
tel. +358 6 325 3917
mobile +358 40 353 7377
Curator Pamela Andersson
(acting Museum Director 1.1-31.12.2014)
substitute Julia Svarvar
tel. +358 6 325 3927
Educational Curator Jenni Niemi (on leave until 31.8.2014)
substitute Johanna Kull
mobile +358 40 184 9250

Customer Service

Museum Service Assistant (Museum Shop) Maiju Nyqvist-Alho
(on leave until 22.12.2015)
substitute Minna Perälä
mobile + 358 40 183 1288
Museum Service Assistant (Guided tours) Salla Mällinen
mobile + 358 40 356 4870
Expedition guard Joona Ekroos
mobile +358 400 789 888

Technical Staff

Technician Juhani Pukkinen

mobile +358 40 520 3564
Technician Matti Raudaskoski
mobile +358 40 520 3563


Image bank for the press

Welcome to the Tikanoja Art Museum

The museumThe Tikanoja Art Museum is the previous home of Mr. Frithjof Tikanoja (1877-1964), a well known businessman in Vaasa. Mr. Tikanoja had fallen in love with fine arts in the late 1910s and immediately started collecting paintings and drawings. The art museum was founded when Mr. Tikanoja donated his art collection to the city in 1951.

The Tikanoja collection is especially famous for its international section containing works e.g. by Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The collection also includes Finnish art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Traditional masters, such as Albert Edelfelt, Axel Gallen-Kallela, Maria Wiik and Tyko Sallinen are included in the collection as well as younger artists.

Mr. Tikanoja also acted as a patron for the painter Eemu Myntti. His art in the 1920s was against the traditional and widely accepted Finnish art policy because he enjoyed working in the French expressionistic style.

The Tikanoja Art Museum arranges several exhibitions annually, based on both national and international themes of interest. During the special exhibitions the artworks from the Tikanoja collection are not on display. The Art Museum is also the location for chamber concerts.

Exhibitions and events 2014:

During the special exhibitions the artworks from the Tikanoja collection are not on display.


ON THE SHORES OF THE LAKE - Tuusula Artist Community

8 March - 1 June 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

Around the turn of the 20th century, an artist community grew on the eastern shore of Lake Tuusula when a number of leading representatives of Finnish cultural life moved to live and work there with their families: the writer Juhani Aho and the artist Venny Soldan-Brofeldt, the composer Jean Sibelius, the painters Eero Järnefelt and Pekka Halonen, and the poet J. H. Erkko.The exhibition presents the life of the community through the works of the artists who lived on the shores of Lakes Tuusula: how it was to live and work beside the lake and how the environment inspired the artists. The exhibition explores the exceptional lifestyle and art of the artists and friends during a culturally and politically interesting period. The exhibition is produced by the Ateneum Art Museum. The exhibition is curated by Riitta Konttinen and Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff.

Image: Pekka Halonen: From the garden, 1913. Finnish National Gallery. Photo: Kirsi Halkola.


COLLECTOR'S HEART - Frithjof Tikanoja and his collection

14 June - 17 August 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

This summer, at the request of the public, Tikanoja Art Museum will present its art collection, but this time viewed from a new perspective and supplemented with photographs from the museum’s archive. The focus of the exhibition Collector’s Heart is on Commercial Counsellor Frithjof Tikanoja (1877–1964), during his lifetime a notable person in Vaasa’s business and cultural life. One of his most significant legacies is the donation of his home, including its art collection, to the city of Vaasa.

The exhibition tells about the creation of the art collection, which came into being in the first half of the 20th century when Tikanoja collected works to decorate the walls of his home. The collection did not emerge from nothing, but was the result of various influences such as the collector’s person, preferences and motives, the era and the environment. The exhibition will also feature Tikanoja’s family which, along with Frithjof Tikanoja, consisted of his wife Ruusa, their seven children and dog, Tessu. From old photographs taken from the interior we can see what the home looked like in the 1920s and where the works were originally placed.

Image: Frithjof Tikanoja and his dog Tessu. Tikanoja Art Museum Archives.


14 June - 17 August 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

During the summer there will be guided tours in the exhibition Collector’s Heart on Sundays and brief art info spots on Thursdays. Guided tours are included in the price of admission will be organised on Sundays and Thursdays at 2 pm in Finnish and at 1 pm in Swedish. Guided tours in English are available by appointment.

On Wednesdays, from June to August, there are adventure tours for children, where youngsters can help the commercial counsellor in a few tasks. At the end of the tour children can paint a Matisse of their own at Atelier Tikanoja. Guided tours for children are included in the price of admission will be organised on Wednesdays at 11 am in Finnish and at 1 pm in Swedish.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a new mobile guide On a Ride with Frits – a Mobile Tour in Vaasa in the early 1900s will be launched by the museum. The tour is located in the centre of Vaasa and its surroundings, revealing secrets of the city's history. The application can be downloaded (in Finnish and in Swedish) to smart phones free of charge from the website frits.citynomadi.com.

Image: Francisco Lopez Bores 1898-1972, Naked, 1927. Tikanoja Art Collection.



10 July, 17 July and 24 July 2014

Get to know the art collectors of Vaasa on this promenade through their old neighbourhood. The promenade starts outside the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art in Inner harbour in Vaasa. At the end of the tour we will go through the exhibition in the Tikanoja Art Museum.


In Finnish: Thursday 10.7. at 11 am & 2 pm
In Swedish: Thursday 17. at 11 am & 2 pm
In English: Thursday 24.7. at 11 am & 2 pm

The tour is included in the museum’s entry fee (7/5 €). The tickets are sold at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art. The promenade will take 1 h 15 min (incl. promenade and a short guided tour in the Tikanoja Art Museum). You may also participate in the promenade with combined museum ticket (12/9 €).

Image: The Art Collectors’ quarters.


30 August - 23 November 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum



Image: Christine Kandolin, video installation "Wer wenn ich Schriee, hörte mich", 2013.


9 September - 19 October 2014 at the Tikanoja Art Museum, Garden House

Initiated by the Centre for Arts Promotion in Finland, it is intended as a collaborative project between as many institutions, groups and individual practitioners within the area’s creative and cultural sector as possible. Its main purpose is to raise the profile of the creative community and promote collaboration within it by crossing traditionally held boundaries, merging art forms and forming new working relationships. The event will also host international artists and curators, creating a universal dialogue about subjects such as the nature of communication across boundaries through exhibitions, performances and encounters.

Image: Bothnia Biennale: Journeys. The Centre for Arts Promotion in Finland.

SURREAL ILLUSIONISM - Photographic Fantasies of the Early 20th Century

13 December 2014 - 8 March 2015 at the Tikanoja Art Museum

The golden age of photographic postcards drew on the urban popular culture that began to emerge in the early 20th century. The rise of the cinema, the modern culture of sun-bathing, eroticism, circus and variety shows inspired the imagery of the cards. Technical innovations, such as the aeroplane, stimulated the imagination. The curator of the exhibition is art researcher, docent Harri Kalha. The exhibition is produced by The Finnish Museum of Photography.

Image: Neue Photographische Gesellschaft (NPG), Berlin, Germany 1910.


Artwork at the top of the page: Nature Morte by Henri Matisse (portion). The Tikanoja Art Museum.